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 |2013-09-14T22:41:45+00:00September 14th, 2013|

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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. Donna B September 14, 2013 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Have you ever used magnetic paint?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 15, 2013 at 12:26 am - Reply

      Yes, I have. My bookshelves are painted with a coat of magnetic paint underneath the white:)

  2. Anne-Marie September 15, 2013 at 7:51 am - Reply

    What a cute idea to give the kids a keepsake! I bought my first bottle of chalkboard paint yesterday afternoon and can’t wait to jump in and experiment – not sure I would have thought to do boxes… I’ll add that to my list!

  3. [email protected] September 15, 2013 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Great idea. I too love chalkboard paint. Curious if you have ever had success using it on fabric? I once bought an oil cloth that had chalkboard paint on it. I can not seem to replicate it though. I tried it once and all the paint flecked off the fabric. Thought it would be wonderful for the young children to lay on their belly on color or bringing a hopscotch board indoors in the winter.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      No but now you have me intrigued!!

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