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DIY Chalkboard for Toddlers

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With Shelby being two and a half now I have been brainstorming ideas on basic pre-school activities for her. She loves to count, draw, sing her ABCs and recite her colors. Now is a perfect time to get her used to having “school time”.

One thing I knew I wanted to get her was her o chalkboard we could use during her learning time AND play time but all the chalkboards were either too small or flimsy feeling. So I decided to head to my craft store and make my own chalkboard. Everything I used can be found at Michael’s Crafts but I assume you can find it all at your local craft store too.

I decided on using a sturdy wood for our chalkboard so that it would last but I see a lot of people using canvas. I know my two year old would poke a hole in the canvas in no time though.

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What you need:

  • Wood plaque that has already been sanded down. This particular one is 12×16.
  • Painters tape to make a “frame look”
  • Chalkboard Paint
  • Your color of choice Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Paint brushes (you will want a few different sizes)
  • chalk

Directions:

  1. Taping off your wood plaque is probably going to be the longest process only because you want to measure each side to make it even. I did one inch on each side.
  2. Once your wood plaque is taped off use your Satin Acrylic Craft Paint to paint the outside frame. I started with using the lightest color. Now if you painted your “frame” a dark color you could do the chalkboard part first. Paint the outside “frame”, the sides and back of the wood board. You may want to add a second coat after the first coat dries.
  3. Wait for it to be completely dry before peeling off the painters tape.
  4. Re=frame the board with painters tape. This will block the chalkboard paint from bleeding onto your color “frame”. The easiest way is to match up the painters tape evenly on top of your paint that you made the “frame”
  5. Again, you will want to do a second coat after the chalkboard paint dries. Chalkboard paint dries extremely fast too!
  6. After the chalkboard paint is completely dried you can peel off the painters tape. Do any minor touch-ups if needed.
  7. Using a piece of chalk and paper towel do a quick chalk scratch across the entire chalkboard and then use the paper towel to wipe it off.
  8. Hand over the custom chalkboard to your child and let their imagination run wild!

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Overall this project did take me a few hours because of letting the paint dry. It was a lot of fun, and very easy. My 8 and 11 year old want to make their own chalkboard too. You can add stickers, or paint your child’s name on the board too for a personalized look!

To wipe clean just use a paper towel or any cloth.

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About the Author

Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger. She created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has three daughters, ages 14,11, 4 and a son who is 1. They currently reside in sunny Southern California.

19 Responses to “DIY Chalkboard for Toddlers”

  1. Oh what a fun craft! I’m not a huge fan of chalk because of the mess but my kids love it!

  2. Dawn says:

    This is the best little project! Kids love chalkboards. They can leave little messages for mom and dad. Mom and dad can leave messages for them. It’s great.

  3. What a great way to make a chalkboard! So much more sturdy than an actual chalkboard! no worries she will break this one!

  4. Dee Mauser says:

    Back when my kids were young I painted part of a wall in their playroom with this chalk but never thought about making a handheld chalkboard. Nice craft idea!

  5. This is a great project to do. My kids loved the chalk board we had for them when they were little.

  6. Such a great idea! I need to get some of this paint, I’m sure it’d come in handy a lot!

  7. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I think that this is such a great craft! I remember loving my chalkboards as a kid!

  8. What a cute idea. So easy to make too! She looks like she is enjoying it.

  9. Kristin says:

    Very cute idea. You made it look so simple.

  10. Very cool! That was super quick and easy!

  11. Jennifer Williams says:

    We did something similar at the beginning of the school year. It is such a great way to get them used to holding something to write.

  12. I remember having little individual white boards when I was in school but I think it would have been a lot cooler if we had our own personalized chalk boards. What a great project!

  13. This is so cute! My kids would love this. It looks very easy to make as well. That’s always nice.

  14. Ronni says:

    We actually did this a couple months ago when my grand-kids came for summer vacation! So fun!

  15. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    Oh how cute is this! I didn’t realize it would be so easy!

  16. Stacie says:

    Now this is an awesome idea! You made it look so easy too! She’s loving it!

  17. Aimee Smith says:

    My kids love any and all things chalk! This is such a cute board!

  18. This is something my daughter would love, and it’s so simple! I certainly have to try this!

  19. We covered a kids table in chalkboard paint – so much fun!

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