chalkboard activity book

Have you noticed the chalkboard paint craze? It’s everywhere! On walls, doors, jars, posts. Really you can put it on just about anything. I’ve already painted it on my pantry door, but thought it would be fun to do something more portable for my kids. Something they could carry around, take in their room or on a long road trip.

I thought a painted board book would be fun and perfect for this idea. So, I went on a trip to my local thrift shop and the hardware store to grab a few things in order to try this out. All you really need is a large board book, a can of chalkboard spray paint, sand paper and some gesso or white primer.

A board book is easy enough to paint, but needs a little prep so that the paint stays on and doesn’t peel off. (Also seen on Whip Up.)

1.  Most books have a glossy finish, so with a bit of sandpaper lightly sand the surface of each page– just enough to take the gloss off.
2.  Paint or spray a light layer of either gesso or spray paint primer. Pages may start to curl, but will flatten out when they dry.
3.  Spray on chalkboard paint according to manufacturer’s directions. I did a couple of layers on each page allowing sufficient drying time between layers.
4.  Once the book is dry, you can keep it as is, or go a step further and make different activities for the kids to play. I used a permanent white marker for this so that it wouldn’t wipe away when cleaning up the chalk.

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6 Responses to chalkboard activity book

  1. Andria says:

    Regina, this is such a fun idea! I have that very same board book. I love the white marker prompts on the chalkboard pages…so clever!

  2. amy says:

    This is so great! I have chalkboard painted just about everything I have laying around and never once thought about doing a board book. Love it!

  3. I now have plans for a large frame i bought so come the end of the month and pay day BBP here i come… :)

  4. this is a brilliant idea…and I just have some left over chalk board paint too! yippee…thanks for sharing! :)

  5. michelle says:

    this is awesome! wish i would have had something like this when my kiddos were younger. you’re genius!

  6. Erin says:

    I just love this idea – great for all ages!! I am going to create one with different activities, including a kids short story, where they have to draw their own pictures to illustrate it :)

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