Sometimes I think this chalkboard is about the best thing in our house. It's gotten so much good use; been the space for so much creativity. The art is ephemeral and only lasts until we wipe down the board in preparation for new drawings and scribbles, but that's fine. I take photos in order to capture the art that I want to remember and "save." And the chalkboard itself forms an ever-changing art display.
Anyway… I was just posting today to say happy holidays and to show you the tree that Maia drew. She and I were taking turns drawing dot-to-dots for each other. For this one, I dotted out a tree shape and she took it from there, creating this elaborate Christmas tree drawing from that simple drawing game/prompt. When a friend of hers came over later, they worked on it some more, adding stars, decorations, and Christmas fairies together.
Here is some more fun art the chalkboard has inspired (besides lots of regular spontaneous drawing):
- Big mazes
- Painting with water
- A message for Grandma
- Using frames for drawing
- Fill in the jack-o-lantern faces
So, if you are considering painting a wall with chalkboard paint or buying a chalkboard, I highly recommend it! You can even get chalkboard wall decals if you don't want to deal with the paint. By the way, my favorite chalk for the chalkboard are these triangular sticks by Melissa & Doug that I buy at our neighborhood toy store. They are thick and sturdy enough to stand up to heavy use at our large chalkboard, but not as big and unwieldy as sidewalk chalk.
Do you have a chalkboard? Does it get a lot of use?