Monday, April 5, 2010

How to make a Magnet Chalkboard!

I was trying to think of car activities for my son. With summer coming, that means more road trips (especially since grandma and grandpa live 3 hours away!) My son loves to play with Magnets and he loves to draw. I thought "I wish I could find a big metal thing for him to play with his magnets!" Later when I was cooking, it hit me... a COOKIE SHEET!
So I made a magnet chalkboard from a cookie sheet!
Cookie sheet (I got mine from the dollar tree)
Primer for metal
Sandpaper or steel wool.
Chalkboard paint
Paint brush

1. Sand your cookie sheet. I found that the sand paper worked better then the steel wool. most cookie sheets have a non-stick finish so you want to scratch it up really good!

2. Spray with primer. I know that most chalkboard paints tell you that you do not need primer but because the cookie sheet has a non-stick finish you should still use it. I tried it without the primer and the paints scratched off!

3. Paint on your chalk board paint. Mine took 3 coats to get the finish I wanted:
This is after the 1st coat.
This is after the 3rd coat.
Here are some of the activities that we do with it:
magnet gears and alphabet letters

Drawing on paper (held on by a magnet clip) and drawing with chalk

Click here to find out how to make the activity bag to go with it!

There are lots of possibilities with this bag and it can grow with the child!

I am linking to these parties!



the thrifty ba said...

great idea! and i love that someone else spray paints right on their grass too! my hubby thinks im the only one and just shakes his head!

Red Door Home said...

Thanks for sharing this clever idea!

Auntie Bee said...

very clever! I love the photo of the spray paint on the grass. it looks almost surreal.

Mrs. M said...

Brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing.

normands said...

Love the magnet chalk board!! Looking forward to more of those "roadtrips" to Gma & Gpa's house!! Miss you guys!!!!

Jen said...

Wonderful idea!

Creative and Curious Kids!

Amy said...

Great idea!!

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Molly {Eeny Meeny & Moe} said...

Now that my little buddy is two, he is ready for car activities - this will be great for our 5 hour car ride to great-grandmas house this summer!

Leslie said...

What a great idea! I definately need to make these for my kiddos for church and the car! Thanks for the idea!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

This is so great. I want one for myself!

Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...

This is awesome. I love that it is 2 in 1 plus it is small enough to pack away. I look forward to seeing what else you've put in the activity bag & I hope you'll come link up to tot tuesdays this week:

chris said...

Great idea. Oh, the long road trip with little children!

Unknown said...

That is so awesome. My kids are both really into magnets AND chalk. Perfect combo!

FrouFrouBritches said...

That is super cute!!!

Expressions by Heather said...

What a fun idea! I love it. :) The activity bag idea to go with it is awesome, too!

Thank you for linking up to Talented Tuesday!

One Cheap B*tch said...

Your right this is a great project to do with kids. I'm going to have to try because lord knows I have enough old cookie trays to use! LOL!


Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...

Thanks for linking up this week. I hope you'll join me tomorrow for another great party!

Amber said...

I just found your blog through Poppies at Play. I love it!! This is such an adorable idea, thank you so much!

Momrempel said...

What a fantastic idea! I am going on a 14 hour road trip with my girls and hubby in June and this is going to be a huge lifesaver!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

Unknown said...

That's a fantastic idea. I'm off to get more craft supplies!

Country Girl in the City said...

I love what you did with the cookie sheet. We have been using a cookie sheet for a magnetic activity too. I have been trying to figure out how to pretty it up.. This is a great idea and think we still have some chalkboard paint around here somewhere.


Beth said...

Totally cute idea :).

nannykim said...

A fine and dandy idea! I shall share this with my daughter!

open ID has not been working for me today!! my spindlecottage blog is where I have posted for the link up on chalkboard:

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