They use them with their magnetic letters, shapes and numbers, but also for keeping their craft items from being pushed onto the floor or into their neighbor's work zone. N (pre-k) is using one to work on his color word spelling, using the color word wall as a reference if he gets stuck.
We also use them for marble painting. I just saw a blog post that used magnetic marbles and a wand magnet underneath to manipulate the marbles in a more precise manner. We will definitely be trying that soon. Several pinners have mentioned using chalkboard paint. Since we use these a lot for art projects, I wanted something that cleaned up easy. I am thinking about painting the backsides with chalkboard paint, to have the best of both worlds. We have very large both indoor and outdoor chalk boards, though.
Since they have a hole in the ends, and nest, we store them on the manipulatives closet's door on a hook. If you use a good quality paint, they hold up very well. I've been using mine for 7 years and they show very little wear even though they've been scraped, dropped on the floor, etc.
- Take an old cookie sheet, light rust is fine
- Sand lightly with 220 grit sandpaper, ensure it is free of grease
- Spray with a metal primer, let dry
- Spray with a light coat of a good quality enamel for metal, let dry
- Apply a second light coat
- Let dry thoroughly, preferably a week to let the enamel cure hard
We seriously use these nearly every day.
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