DIY chalk box

I don’t know if you have ever tried chalkboard paint but I happened to pick up some a short while ago and I must tell you that once you get some chalkboard paint, it is hard not to get carried away with DIY chalkboard paint projects…

DIY Chalk Boxes by Teach Preschool

One of my projects included making a set of chalk boxes. To make a chalk box, I gathered up some left-over sturdy gift boxes I had from last Christmas (I always stock up on them when they go on sale), a box of white chalk, and my Valspar chalkboard spray paint (purchased at Lowes)…

DIY Chalk Boxes by Teach Preschool

I sprayed the outside of each box, both tops and bottoms, with the chalkboard paint and let them dry overnight. Then the next day, I put the boxes back together and added the filling back into the boxes along with one piece of chalk inside each box…

DIY Chalk Boxes by Teach Preschool

In my class, we had been talking about and using chalk quite a bit lately so I made a chalk box for each child to serve as a token reminder of our discussions and activities involving chalk…

DIY Chalk Boxes by Teach Preschool

Before the children opened their chalk boxes at school, I had them guess what they thought might be inside their little black boxes. Some of the children easily guessed that the boxes had chalk in them while others were not so sure what was inside…

DIY Chalk Boxes by Teach Preschool

The children took a few minutes to explore their chalk boxes by drawing shapes on the chalkboard side of the box…

DIY Chalk Boxes by Teach Preschool

The children used the box fiberfill as an eraser to erase their chalk drawings…

DIY Chalk Boxes by Teach Preschool

In my future chalk box making excursion, I will consider using just a bit larger boxes so the children have just a little more space for drawing but my students loved their boxes and were super excited to get to keep one of their very own…

DIY Chalk Boxes by Teach Preschool

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By | September 14th, 2013|Categories: DIY|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

My busy book: Crayons

If you are planning a road trip or just need to keep a preschooler busy – try making a Busy Book!

This busy book is My Crayon Busy Book

To make the Crayon Busy Book you will need 3-ring binder, some crayons, some paper, and sticky-back velcro. I used the velcro to attach the crayons to the inside cover of the 3-ring binder. This makes it easier to keep track of crayons so they don’t get lost.

I added large unlined index cards to the three ring binder to color on but you could add any kind of paper you like. I chose index cards because they are a little more sturdy for coloring on.

So far I have made six different busy books (which I have briefly demonstrated in this news segment) so I can rotate them. I find that if I put all the activities in one book then the child goes through all the activities quickly and is asking for something else to do. By making a set of busy books, I can design each book to be unique and then rotate the books as needed.

I have chosen to use a small 3-ring binder so I can toss the binder in a bag and so a preschooler can hold it more easily in his or her lap if needed (like in a car). Stay tuned for my next Busy Book post – My Sewing Busy Book.

To learn the basics of how to make a busy book – click here!

By | March 18th, 2011|Categories: Busy Book|Tags: , , |18 Comments

Make spring break travel with preschoolers fun and educational!

For those of you heading out on a long trip during spring break, I will  be sharing a few simple travel tips for parents of preschoolers today = Thursday – March 17, 2011 on Indiana’s  Fox Morning News – Channel 59 at 9:15am EST…

I will be sure to share the video of the news segment along with “My Busy Books” as soon as the video is ready…

I will also be sharing these “I Spy” bottles that I made…

So stay tuned for all the travel tips…. AND….

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

 

By | March 17th, 2011|Categories: Messages from Deborah|Tags: , |4 Comments