As a stay at home mom, I am always looking for fun activities to keep my little ones busy. We live in the middle of NOWHERE and don’t have a whole lot of stuff to do nearby our house so I am always looking for ways to bring the fun to us. If there is anything my kids love to do to, it’s drawing, scribbling, coloring, and doodling. My little girl, although only 18 months, thinks she’s artist… so much so that she has drawn on our walls, dining table, washer, dryer, floors, doors, and the list continues! Her big brother knows better than to make art of the furniture, but he still has a love of markers, crayons, coloring books and all of those kinds of things, too.
When we go outside to play each day they have lots of different things to occupy their time but since we are on a farm, we don’t have any concrete for them to draw with sidewalk chalk. I came up with the idea to make a giant chalkboard so they can draw while they are outside too. It’s an inexpensive and easy project that anyone can do. We chose to hang ours on our swing set, but you could hang it on your fence in your backyard, too. Here’s how:
Gather these supplies:
- roller brush or paint brush
-drill and screws
-bucket or hefty cup for chalk holder
Since we were putting our chalkboard in a specific place, we needed to cut the plywood to an exact size. My husband has a skill saw and was able to cut it for me, but if you don’t own one, Lowes or Home Depot will cut the plywood for you in the store. Or if you don’t need it to be an exact size, you can leave it the size you buy in the store and won’t even need a skill saw.
Once you have the wood the size you need, you can begin painting with the chalkboard paint found at most local home improvement stores.
I did one coat, let it dry, and then painted a second coat on top. Once it is dry, it’s time to hang it up!
After it was hung, we attached a bucket (drill a few small holes in the bottom so rain water can drain
out) to hold the chalk in and let the kids go to town! It has been a huge hit for our outside play time and as you can see, their specialty is straight lines!
We want to hear! What are some fun at-home activities you've planned for this summer to keep busy hands occupied?
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