An alternative to black chalkboards
I have found an alternative to black chalkboards and large sheets of paper on a wall.
I purchased a sheet of clear plastic normally used to cover tabletops or tablecloths. This material is sold by the metre (yard) in fabric stores.
I used adhesive putty to secure it on a wall (large pieces of adhesive putty all the way around the edge of the plastic sheet) and create a clear board that can easily be washed off using a piece of cloth as well as removed or even moved around.
The results of my experiments:
In my opinion, these markers can only be used with young children who are not tempted to put everything in their mouth. Otherwise, children must be given their pacifier and supervised closely!
- Regular Crayola markers do not work very well on this surface.
- Paint works very well.
Other ideas that I haven't tried yet:
- Window markers.
- Jell-O powder mixed with a small quantity of water.
- Water in a spray bottle and pieces of clear paper (cellophane) that will stick to the wet surface.
- Cellophane paper can also be stuck directly on a window to simplify the cleanup process.
Enjoy exploring this alternative with your group!
Early childhood educator
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