Gift box chalkboard writing game

As I mentioned in my previous post, we have been having fun with gift boxes around the classroom and that includes our chalkboard easel too…

Gift box chalkboard game by Teach Preschool

To put a little holiday spirit into our chalkboard easel and to promote a little bit of writing or drawing, I taped a few small gift boxes and lids to our chalkboard easel. I only taped the top edge of each open box or lid to the board using clear packing tape…

Gift box chalkboard game by Teach Preschool

At first, the children simply drew around the boxes but then I showed them how they could also draw surprises underneath the boxes by lifting up the bottom of the box, drawing their picture or letter or design then covering it back up by putting the box back down over it…

Gift box chalkboard game by Teach Preschool

The tape held up really well but I was prepared for a box to be pulled completely off the board.  By the end of the day, I only had to tape one box back onto the board…

Gift box chalkboard game by Teach Preschool

For most of the day, I just left the children to play or explore the chalkboard gift box writing game on their own…

Gift box chalkboard game by Teach Preschool

But on occasion, I would stop by and play with a child. I would model writing a letter, number, name or shape under a box and the children would lift it up to see if they could guess what I had written or drawn. This often inspired the children to draw their own name, letter, number, or shape….

Gift box chalkboard game by Teach Preschool

A super simple set-up with lots of room for open ended drawing and writing. Any size box will do. I just used what I had on hand but I think a larger box might help the children “feel” like they have more space to write or draw so I will try that in the future…

Gift box chalkboard game by Teach Preschool

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By |2013-12-09T06:00:31+00:00December 9th, 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. nancy brunner December 9, 2013 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Soooooo cool!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 9, 2013 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      Simple but cool:)

  2. jackie December 9, 2013 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I am so enjoying your ideas. So much creativity and open-ended activities. I wish I could spend a day in your class. Thank you for sharing.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 9, 2013 at 8:22 pm - Reply

      Thank you Jackie:)

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