What fun things are on your children's list of rainy day activities? Do you like to tap into their artistic side and find out what they can create? Why not let them express themselves all over your walls with Instant Chalkboard?!
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It's been raining a lot in Texas for the past two weeks and I've been looking around for rainy day activities to keep my boy occupied on the weekends and in the evening. He is quite an artist so I decided to tap into the artistic side of him while also satisfying his innate desire to write on the walls and we have been playing with Instant Chalkboard!
One of the boy's favorite things to do when are are playing outside is color with sidewalk chalk so he was really excited when I told him that we could play with chalk inside the house on a rainy day. We received an Instant Chalkboard Peel and Stick roll – 2 x 8 ft to review and my boy was quite curious about why I was going to let him write on the wall.
We decided to start in his playroom and picked a wall that was fairly blank already. We moved a few tubs of cars out of the way and were ready to put up the chalkboard. The roll of vinyl chalkboard was much larger than I had imagined (I guess I wasn't picturing 8 feet :P) but it was great to see that we would have plenty to make a wall for him to play and have extra to use in other places.
The Instant Chalkboard vinyl was very easy to apply to the wall. Once I cut it to the size that I wanted, I just peeled the backing off little by little as I applied it to the wall. I used the side mirror from a cardboard Mater truck to help flatten as I applied it down the wall. Then, I ran my hand across the bubble to smooth it out further.
I made a small oops and stuck it a little too close to the window, but it was easy to just make a cut in the vinyl. Then, The Boy was ready to color. He traced his hand first for me and then made all types of shapes and drawings. He loves it!
I decided to use a little of the extra vinyl to make a car along chalkboard as well. We had a wooden tray was part of the packaging from some musical instruments. I asked The Boy if he wanted the chalkboard on the inside or outside and he wanted it on the outside so I cut a piece of the vinyl and stuck it on. When I first applied it, it was crooked so I peeled it off and lined it back up. It was so simple to just peel from the tray. It didn't even stick to the paper sticker from the original packaging.
Once we had the chalkboard covered, we wondered what it would look like after cleaning. I will equate it to any other chalkboard. We used a dry washrag at first (it was the closest thing we could find) and it cleaned the board enough for The Boy to color again. When he took the tray back to Daddy to show him, I tried a little water on the washrag and it cleaned the vinyl even better. Of course, when my boy had chalk on his hand and then rubbed his nose…that was a little more upsetting… (remember my boy does NOT like to get dirty).
Rainy Day Activities with Instant Chalkboard
We practiced our shapes and letters and drew a family portrait and my boy absolutely loves his Instant Chalkboard. The vinyl roll of Instant Chalkboard is just one of the many products available on the Instant Chalkboard website. There are several shapes and design pre-cut that can be applied to your walls. You can also get ideas for other projects where Instant Chalkboard can be used! Check out some of the pictures of what others are doing by following Appliance Art on Pinterest or becoming a fan of Appliance Art on Facebook or following Instant Chalkboard on Twitter @applianceart.
I have quite a bit left over on the roll so I am going to make a chalkboard message board for the kitchen and make my own frame for under $5. There are also several bare wall spaces still in The Boy's playroom so I am going to cut some small squares for him to draw on throughout the room and then display his artwork by hanging a frame around it as well!
What projects would you make with Instant Chalkboard? Would your children enjoy this rainy day activity?
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