Children must be encouraged to express themselves and discover their talents through writings and art. Most kids love to scribble on any surface because they have so many things going on their minds. Kids are naturally imaginative and they love to translate their imaginations through their doodles and drawings. However you don’t want to entertain the idea of allowing them to write on your walls at home just to let them free their inner thoughts and feelings. The solution here is to transform a particular wall in your house into a chalkboard that the children can use as a writing area.
Here are some instructions on how to make a wall into a chalkboard:
- Decide which wall in the house you will use as chalkboard. A wide and open wall in a space where there is not much activity going on is the best place to set up the chalkboard. Measure the chalkboard area with a measuring tape and mark the sides and corners with pencil or tape. Make sure the height of the chalkboard is within the kids’ reach.
- Clean the surface with a scrub or sand paper. Wash the surface with water and a mild detergent then leave for a day to dry completely.
- Prepare all your painting materials. You will need chalkboard paint (preferably dark green or black) roller pin or paint brush, ladder and old newspapers to protect the floor from paint stains. You may also use any leftover household paint as long as it is dark in color and appropriate for the surface of the wall.
- Read the painting instructions on the can before you start painting. Some paint brands have specific mixtures or consistencies that should be observed to achieve the best results.
- Proceed with the painting. Spread the newspaper on the floor for excess paint to drip on. Use the ladder to reach the topmost part of the chalkboard but if you are using a roller pin then the ladder may no longer be needed. Start painting from the highest portion going down to the bottom part of the chalkboard. Let the first coat dry before applying the next coat of paint. When painting is finished, let the chalkboard dry according to the length of time recommended on the paint label. Normally it will take a couple of days for the paint to be completely dry and ready for writing.
- Decorate the borders of the chalkboard with colorful designs to make it look more presentable. Although the board is intended solely for writing, it will be nice if you give it a little artistic touch.
- Attach a chalk and eraser holder on one side of the chalkboard. This fixture is necessary so the children will not end up looking for chalk to use whenever they get the urge to write or draw.
- Assign a name for the chalkboard. You may call it “Graffiti Nook”, “Freedom Wall” or “Wallmark” or whatever applicable term you want to use in naming it.
Children find writing on a chalkboard a delightful way of conveying their emotions and ideas. A chalkboard can also serve as a common message board for the whole family where you can write down notes and reminders for each other.