DIY chalk rocks for preschool

The other day I shared with you my DIY rainbow rocks so while I am on a DIY rock making mission, I thought I would share my DIY chalk rocks with you too…

DIY Chalk Rocks by Teach Preschool

I really should wait to share these with you after they have been out in the classroom for awhile but I wanted to go ahead and give you a sense of other things I have been making and adding to our indoor and outdoor classrooms for play and exploration…

DIY Chalk Rocks in Preschool by Teach Preschool

To make my chalk rocks, I simply used chalk spray paint to cover a set of rocks I collected from our yard. I tried to find mostly smooth rocks but some are not so smooth…

DIY Chalk Rocks in Preschool by Teach Preschool

I set the rocks out on a tray along with white chalk and a few erasers and damp paper towels (also to use as erasers) for the children to explore the challenge of writing on a rock…

DIY Chalk Rocks in Preschool by Teach Preschool

Some days, we have lots going on in our classroom and I don’t get around to seeing everything the children do. I honestly thought none of the children had really tried checking out the chalk rocks yet but Mr. Hayden was paying attention and captured these terrific photos of the children drawing on the chalk rocks while I was off tending to other centers throughout the classroom day…

DIY Chalk Rocks in Preschool by Teach Preschool

I have lots of ideas swirling around in my head about how I want to use the chalk rocks from story telling ideas to writing and games that I want to introduce…

DIY Chalk Rocks in Preschool by Teach Preschool

But for now, the chalk rocks were set out for the children to get familiar with and to explore the idea of writing on them…

DIY Chalk Rocks in Preschool by Teach Preschool

And now that I have looked through all the photos of the DIY chalk rocks, I can see that most of my students have taken the time to explore them. I just love how my students never miss a beat when it comes to exploring the entire classroom!

DIY Chalk Rocks in Preschool by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-04-30T09:00:10+00:00April 30th, 2014|

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. Julie April 30, 2014 at 9:25 am - Reply

    What a great idea! I didn’t realize there was dust-less chalk. I ‘m so much more inclined to try this now. Thanks.

  2. Kristin May 1, 2014 at 8:06 am - Reply

    I know this comment isn’t specific with the rock post but I noticed in one of the pictures there are keyboards on a table. Did you spray paint them? Also, what do you use them for? I love the rock idea too.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 2, 2014 at 11:04 am - Reply

      We have a real keyboard that is very unique in design. I need to write about it. The children get our real keyboard out to play music on it just about every day. We actually have three keyboards total but one of them is available in the classroom all the time while the other two, I bring over on occasion.

  3. Jackie May 2, 2014 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    What a brilliant idea, Deborah!

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