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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