I love having art and craft supplies for my preschool-age children to use. I grew up loving arts and crafts myself, and my girls are obsessed with creating right now! Painting, coloring, cutting, gluing, stamping, taping, drawing- you name it, they love it. But of course at this age, they don't stay focused on one medium for long, so having supplies for lots of different types of projects makes them more excited and inspired. I'm always looking for new ways to let them create, and my latest addition is probably the easiest and cheapest one yet: small chalkboards on the wall.
I know I've seen tons of AMAZING pictures, blog posts, and pins of entire walls painted with chalkboard paint for kids to go crazy on. As much as I love that idea, it's not practical for us since we are renting a small apartment *cue sad trombones*, so I had always drooled over those wonderful photos and moved on. Then I was looking for a way to keep a little memo board near my bed (more on that in a future post...) and I had one of those "duh!" moments.
I used up most of the rest of my roll of black contact paper to cut out some circles, tracing the outline of one of our plastic plates to get the right shape. Then I just peeled off the backing paper and stuck it on the wall next to their art table! I gave them each some white chalk so I don't have to worry if some of the chalk gets on our white walls.
Such a simple concept but the girls love it! And when it gets old, I don't have to feel sad about throwing it away- no serious time or money wasted!
Do any of you have a chalkboard wall at your house? Or are you a renter who drools over chalkboard walls like me? Or maybe you don't get all the fuss about chalkboards to begin with? Share your thoughts in the comments :)