Water Painting on a Chalkboard – a Pre-Writing Activity

Here’s a fun pre-writing exercise that I set up for R (3). It was quick and simple to put together and R absolutely loved it. I was inspired by this post at Teach Preschool. It looked like fun and I decided to add some number and letter recognition to the activity since R is all about letters and numbers at the moment!

YOU WILL NEED:

  • A chalkboard – this is actually optional. If you don’t have an easel or chalkbard, you could simply draw with the chalk on a path or your drive-way.
  • Chalk
  • A paintbrush
  • A container of water

I began by using the chalk to write some letters and numbers on the board. I showed R how to dip the paintbrush into the water and then paint over the letters and numbers with the water. Here he is painting over the “R” that I wrote.

R was laughing and shouting excitedly the whole time. He was really excited about “writing” and was very keen to learn the corrct order of the strokes and curves. I always want our learning experiences to be fun and motivated entirely by R so I let him decide which letters we would practise. After he tried R, he then chose M and B.

 

It wasn’t long before R wanted to try writing with the chalk himself. He began with an upper case “T”.

Next he wanted to write the word “ZOO” which was the first word he learnt to read after learning his own name. Here is his first attempt at the letter Z.

I demonstrated how to write the letter Z and then he completed the word with the two O’s.

After completing the word ZOO he’d had enough and decided to paint the board all over!

How long did we spend on this activity? 

  • We spent about 15 minutes engaged with this activity.

How old was R when we did this?

  • R is 3 yrs 10 months

What was the benefit / learning outcome of this activity?

  • This was a lesson in literacy and numeracy – enhancing letter and number recognition
  • Fine motor skills practise and pre-writing skills – using the paint brush to trace the chalk letters and numbers
  • Writing practise – using the chalk to write letters and words
  • This built R’s confidence in writing
  • This was a great learning experience where R was completely engaged because it followed his current interest in letters and numbers
  • This was FUN!

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13 thoughts on “Water Painting on a Chalkboard – a Pre-Writing Activity

    • Hi Deborah! Thanks for providing me with the inspiration for this! Really, R had such fun with it and we’ll definitely be doing more of this. I hope your students enjoy it! :)

  1. I’ve done this in my preschool classroom at one of the chalkboard easels. The only thing to watch out for is that after a while, with too much water usage, the chalkboard can start to deteriorate. Great for something that is used lightly, however!

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  3. Love this and we just did it this week and am doing a post on ours we did with a link back to you. Thanks for sharing-frogsandsnailsandpuppydogtails

    • Hi Jaime! Thanks for your lovely comment and thanks for linking back to me in your post. I’ll pop over there now and check it out. I can’t wait to see how much fun you had! :)

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