DIY chalkboard for preschool

This is a little chalk board that I made at home for the kids to use at preschool…

I am not a natural crafter or woodworking kind of gal so there are probably better ways to make this but this worked very well for me and the kids love it…

I found this little wooden frame set in the Walmart woodworking craft section. It is supposed to be used as a picture frame to hang on the wall but as soon as I saw it I could only visualize it as a chalkboard :)…

Each of the square wood pieces comes out and I painted the front and back of each wooden square with black chalkboard paint. This was my first experience using chalkboard paint but just let me say that once you get some you start to think everything should be painted with chalkboard paint…

I also painted the inside of the large frame with chalkboard paint and the outside with a pretty red acrylic paint…

I let it all dry overnight and then took it to preschool to share with the kids to see what they would do with it…

The chalk worked terrific on the painted boards and I gave each child a damp sponge that they could use to wash off their chalk. I found a dry eraser or sponge didn’t wash the chalk off as well as a damp sponge and each child really wanted their own “eraser” …

The children liked having their own chalk board to write on. One little boy who is usually over in blocks or sand play spent the entire time writing on his chalk board instead…

One child asked the teacher how to make a B so the teacher used the big chalk board to show her…

Oh, and by the way – I made two sets of these – a blue one and a red one. I have one more that I plan to make as well only I am going to put magnetic paint under the chalk board paint…

Some of the children liked putting the square pieces back together inside the bigger frame. I think with more time at play with this, there are many other potential activities like memory or making our own chalkboard puzzles that we can try but first we just explore…

The only thing I need to probably do is sand the edges of the little boards a little better. The children didn’t have any problem with it but to me they felt a little rough…

So for a very non-woodworking craft person, I was very happy with my first DIY chalkboard for the classroom…


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Here are some other DIY classroom tools you can check out…

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DIY Play dough People by Teach Preschool

Make your own mini clipboards by Let’s Explore

Home made dot stampers by Counting Coconuts

Bottle lid stamps by A Little Learning for Two

DIY Stamps by Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning

Construction Activity Board by Counting Coconuts

DIY light box by No Time for Flashcards

DIY Felt Board for Babies from Made by Joel

Make your own Flannel Board by Oopsey Daisy

Travel felt board by Mama Smiles

Simply Made Felt Board by Totally Tots

By |2011-04-11T10:00:07+00:00April 11th, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Scott April 11, 2011 at 12:32 pm - Reply

    This is genius, Deborah. Someone recently mentioned liking chalkboards instead of white boards and I don’t have small chalkboards. I was thinking about that – and then read this post. Thanks for the idea!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      I love them both Scott and both lend themselves to a unique process!

  2. Kirsten April 11, 2011 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    This is a great idea, Deborah! I think it would be great to use in any classroom, even the older elementary students! If the resources are not too expensive, I think it would be a great idea for each student to have one!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      I think there is lots of potential too Kirsten! I paid about $4.50 for each set of boards but perhaps some of you have connections with others who are good with woodworking that could make them for you. Since their were nine little boards in each set – I was excited to give this a try. You could also do some great small group activities:)

  3. Leslie S. April 11, 2011 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    LOVE IT!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 11, 2011 at 11:54 pm - Reply

      Thank you Leslie:)

  4. maryanne @ mama smiles April 12, 2011 at 12:52 am - Reply

    Now you really have me wishing for some chalkboard paint!!! I LOVE this idea!

    Thanks for linking to my travel felt boards, too! =)

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 12, 2011 at 1:26 am - Reply

      You are welcome! I am still deciding what to paint next with my chalkboard paint:)

  5. Amy A April 12, 2011 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    I know what you mean about EVERYTHING needing a coat of chalkboard paint after you get started! AND if you make your own paint with the unsanded tile grout, giving you unlimited color possibilities and a very inexpensive option to make it…. I think the urge is even worse! I love this idea. I’ll have to look for those frames or create a few of my own.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 12, 2011 at 10:50 pm - Reply

      I found them at Walmart – I know I could never make them myself:)

  6. Zoey April 28, 2011 at 5:57 am - Reply

    I love blackboard paint and was quite upset when my can was ruined( by me after I left it in the rain whoops). Painted some outdoor furniture we had with it, including the back of two cupboards and our old wooden bookshelf (which encouraged lots of letter writing). This reminds me I need more blackboard paint have some old wooden blocks that are begging to be painted.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 28, 2011 at 9:27 pm - Reply

      I am so sorry your chalkboard paint got ruined!! I love how you put it to good use:)

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