When is a box not a box: when it's a chalkboard

Take one cardboard box, a little bit of chalkboard paint & voila! You have a six sided chalkboard!

We used the chalkboard paint sparingly & discovered a little went a long way. It dried really quickly too, perfect for eager young 'uns itching to get chalking!

I did wonder how long this box would last, but it's been well used for over a week now, both inside & outside & still looks good.

Minnie has had fun creating chalk masterpieces on each side of the box...

We've created box signs with it...

We've used it for number recognition, sequencing & counting...

& storytelling.

If you fancy making your own chalkboard paint there is a fantastic recipe at Raising Olives

Our small tin of chalkboard paint cost £4, but we used so little on this box that the cost for this activity was minimal.

With a little more paint we created this circular chalkboard for Minnie.

We picked up the wood from a recycling outlet & covered with the chalkboard paint. Once dry we added a couple of eyelets to the back & threaded some ribbon through.

We've placed this at Minnie's eye level in the kitchen so it's easy for her to access. We weren't quite brave enough to paint an entire wall or door with chalkboard paint! ;)

It's  a great way of displaying her creations.

A hanging work of art!

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  1. Love chalkboard paint. We were just talking about it yesterday and were thinking of all the possibilities. So simple and so much fun.

  2. Sweeet! I've been hankering for a whole wall of chalkboard paint but there's only so much my Very Patient Husband can take at once! £4 is a very good price- the only ones I've seen are much more. Where did you get it? Thanks

  3. We have been DYING to give chalk paint a go but haven't quite got around to it... LOVE LOVE LOVE your box... Pip Squeak would love it - she loves drawing on EVERYTHING!

    Thanks as always for a fab link up to Kids Get Crafty!!

    Maggy x

  4. I love inexpensive ideas for kid's crafts. This is great. You should come link up with www.localfunforkids.com. We have lots of Fun ideas for Kids on Friday!

  5. Thanks for all your lovely comments. Isn't chalkboard paint fab, I love how it'll cover so many items. We painted the top of an old table with it last year for Minnie & she's had so much fun with it.

    Anna - Lol, I wanted to paint a wall with it too, but my OH wasn't so keen ;) We picked up the paint from our local hardware store, but I've seen it on Amazon for just under £6, hope that helps.

  6. This is such a great idea! I have to go and get some of this paint! You have my head spinning with ideas!

  7. What great ideas and use of chalkboard paint! Stopping by from Preschool Corner. :)

  8. Fantastic Idea!!! I hope to see you link it up this week on Made by Little Hands Monday!
    Have a great day!

  9. Thanks everyone :)
    Thanks Michelle - have linked up :)

  10. great idea! just shared it on facebook and twitter

  11. Ingenious! Isn't it amazing how kids just love the simplest of ideas. I'm definitely putting this on my to-do list!

  12. Wow! Another amazing idea :) I love this one!

    Thanks so much for linking up with For the Kids Fridays at Sun Scholars. I can't wait to see what you have to share this week! I'll be posting the next party later tonight. Hope to have you stop by!

    :)rachel @ SunScholars.blogspot.com

  13. I just saw this on twitter. What a great idea. I could put sight words on the box and play a game with my buddies.