Showing posts with label sidewalk chalk. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sidewalk chalk. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sidewalk chalk. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sidewalk chalk. Show all posts

Repurpose Anything into Handmade Magnetic Chalkboards even Pumpkins

Is that a chalkboard pumpkin? 

Why yes it is a chalkboard pumpkin, why do you ask?

That's Right, anything can make a chalkboard. It started with a kitchen wall for my pre-schoolers. I hadn't discovered magnetic paint yet. I bought a black can of chalkboard paint (green didn't go with my decor) and painted an entire wall. It made a fun, new place to teach spelling and math for our homeschoolers.  Enjoy!

Make a Plastic Pumpkin Painted with Chalkboard Paint.
Make a Plastic Pumpkin Painted with Chalkboard Paint.

That's our chalkboard on the wall behind Jake.
It's Kitschy ~ I signed into Etsy and saw someone selling horse statues they had painted with chalkboard paint. Well, a light went off in my head. I love to create 'stuff' from junk. I repurpose everything I can to help make the world a better place. :) 

how to make a magnetic chalkboard pumpkin for fun fall homeschool lesson
How to make a magnetic chalkboard pumpkin 
for fun fall homeschool lessons.

Well, hello there, proud, magnetic pumpkin!

Start with a plastic pumpkin. You can find them at Michael's and JoAnn's. Sand the pumpkin lightly so the paint will take hold.  Then add 2-3 layers of magnetic paint. It is imperative that you let it dry 24 hours between coats. When magnets stick to it you're done.

Paint a chalkboard on your wall
Paint a chalkboard on your wall like this one behind Mayhem.

You can eve make your own magnets from re-purposed puzzle pieces painted with a silly character. I have so many advertiser's magnets (flat ones from doctor's offices). I cut them up and hot glue them to the backs of things. Here are some cool magnets from the NURTURE STORE.

Originally, I used a can of chalkboard paint and a brush. Then, I discovered chalkboard spray paint...  Awesome!  I had concerns that it would run, but it was excellent and left no messy brush strokes! Again, you must wait 24 hours between coats. Patience is a virtue for a reason. I used two coats allowing it to dry for 24 hours before prepping for chalk. To prep, color the entire item with chalk and let it set overnight. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.

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Recommended Reading:

The Runaway Pumpkin *ad

Dr. Seuss Sue Snue: Celebrate Theodore Geisel's Birthday with this April Fool's Joke Cake Activity Trick for Kids

When is Dr. Seuss's Birthday? Celebrate with Sue Snue Birthday Party Activities

I bet Dr. Seuss, Theodore Geisel, liked to celebrate April Fool's Day. Why not celebrate his birthday with this joke shaving cream cake trick activity and read Sue Snue. Dr. Seuss's Birthday is March 2, 1904. Remember, it is Seuss, not Suess. Enjoy!

When is Dr. Seuss Birthday?
Theodore Geisel: Dr. Seuss.

Shaving Cream is Versatile. Mix up one batch and enjoy three fun, messy activities for kids. This is a fun way to celebrate a kids' birthday party!

Dr. Seuss Birthday activity for kids Sue Snue Shaving Cream Sensory Cake
Shaving Cream Sensory Play Ideas.

You will need:
1 can of Shaving Cream
Gel Food Coloring
Plastic Spoons
Cake Decorating Sprinkles
Birthday Candles
Recycle Plastic Containers
Paint Brush

Read "Who Are You, Sue Snue?" From Jim Henson's Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss. Sue has a birthday and everyone in town wonders what she will do to celebrate. 

Who are you Sue Snue from the Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss book
Who Are You, Sue Snue?
From Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss.

Fun Kid's Activity #1
Mix up some shaving cream with a few drops of your favorite color of gel food coloring. Grab a clean, empty, cream cheese container, turn it upside down, and ice it like a cake. Add a candle on top. This is a great idea for Sensory Play!

Fake Shaving Cream Cake for Dr. Seuss Birthday and April Fool's Joke Ideas
Fake Shaving Cream Birthday Cake for playing 
an April Fool's Joke on your kids.

Cool Craft for Kids #1 Variation

The cake looks good enough to eat. Why not play a fun April Fool's Joke on a friend?

April Fool's Trick Ideas Pretend Play Birthday Cake for Preschoolers Activity Shaving Cream
Trick your children with this fake joke cake for April Fool's.

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Sensory Shaving Cream Cake for Preschoolers
Kiddie Version of  Shaving Cream Cake. 
Let your kids make a cake to play a trick on Dad.

Activity #2 
Grab a paint brush and paint the sidewalk with your leftover shaving cream mixture.

Shaving Cream and food coloring makes great sidewalk chalk paint recipe for kids
Summer Camp Shaving Cream Fun

Activity #3
After the kids have made a sufficient mess, use your left-over shaving cream "icing" in the bathtub.  It works great and cleans up easily. (They are going to need a bath!)

Colored Shaving Cream Sensory Play and Dr. Seuss Sue Snue

Recommended Reading:

Who Are You, Sue Snue? Birthday Book*

Daisy Head Mayzie Activities

*Special Thanks to Momto2PoshLilDivas for the cake idea.

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