You’d be hard pressed to find a good old-fashioned chalkboard nowadays and even if you did, depending on the size, it will cost you.
So, what’s the next best thing? If you don’t already know, it’s chalkboard paint.
Perhaps your response is a firm, “No thank you.” Or, maybe you’re simply asking yourself why on earth would you want to paint any wall like that.
Well, not everyone wants to that is for sure but if you have small children you just might be interested or so inspired. Kids are notorious for scribbling on all types of surfaces so here’s one place they can dedicate such efforts.
The Inspired Treehouse shares the learning benefits as to Why Kids Should Work on a Vertical Surface that might sway parents as well.
To my surprise, most elementary schools have done away with them (opting for white dry erase boards) so children today may never use one in class like we had the chance to while growing up. Can we agree that even though it’s still vertical, it’s just not the same? I fondly recall volunteering to clean the erasers and the boards often for my teachers.
Even small children who cannot yet work with chalk in their small hands can use their fingers or paint brushes dipped in water for writing or coloring practice on them.
When I took a trip to Home Depot, that’s when I first realized that there are many other color options available so it doesn’t necessarily have to be a blackboard, either. Although, that’s exactly what I wanted. I also noticed that the cans are small, so you might need more than one (I did.)
Lastly, if you don’t want to commit to this by sacrificing a wall in your home, you can paint a large piece of plywood instead. The Artful Parent will show you How to Make Your Own Chalkboard and you really don’t need a backyard to put it to good use so, don’t let that stop you.
Even as an adult, I simply get a kick out of grabbing a piece of chalk to jot down my own life reminders, to do lists, meal plans and any sort of random family lesson planning. Not to mention the games we play such as Hangman, Tic-tac-toe , drawing things or just keeping score. When we celebrated my son’s last birthday party, the board was used as a guest book for his friends to sign upon arrival.
The possibilities are endless.
And hey, I’ll be the first to admit that I personally had to have one, kids or no kids (much like the old-fashioned pencil sharpener nailed to my desk.)