How to Make an Outdoor Chalkboard Activity Wall for Kids

Love the look of chalkboard walls, but don’t love chalkboard dust? Take the chalk wall outside.

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This easy outdoor chalkboard fence is a quick Jntuanantapur project that the kids will enjoy for a long time. Toddlers to tweens love drawing with chalk (adults too). When the chalkboard is extra large and hung on a fence, what creative minds can create is truly endless.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Tools and Materials:

  • exterior-grade plywood
  • drill
  • 2" exterior-grade screws
  • screwdriver
  • chalkboard paint
  • paint tray
  • roller brush
  • level
  • chalk
  • citronella plant
  • decorative containers

Step 1: Fasten Plywood to Fence

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Determine and mark the placement of the plywood. Pre-drill the screw holes to prevent the wood from splitting. Use galvanized screws to attach the plywood to the fence. Make sure to screw into the fence posts or rails, not just the pickets.

Step 2: Make Sure It's Even

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Jennifer Perkins

Use a level to make sure the wood is straight.

Step 3: Prep for Paint

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Pour the chalkboard paint into a paint tray. Several colors are now available beyond the traditional black.

Step 4: Paint

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Use a roller brush to apply the paint to the plywood. Apply two even coats allowing adequate drying time in-between coats.

Step 5: Add Baskets for Supplies

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Jennifer Perkins

Fasten baskets and/or containers next to the chalkboard to hold chalk and other toys. When hanging the containers for chalk consider the height of the children; younger kids would need chalk hung lower, older kids can reach higher.
Make sure there are drain holes in the baskets so that water does not pool and create a breeding place for mosquitos.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Speaking of mosquitoes, adding a citronella plant will help deter insects and also add a decorative effect to the outdoor activity center.

Step 6: Fill Baskets With Supplies

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Fill bins with chalk, bubbles, sunscreen and more. Remember that water will eventually melt chalk, so you might consider building a small cover or taking the chalk inside when it rains.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

No dust and no mess with this easy outdoor art center that can be made in a day and keep kids entertained all year long.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

A quick rinse with the hose or a good rain will clean the chalkboard and set artists up for an all-new project.

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