Thursday, August 10, 2017

Portable Preschool Board

I have had preschool on the brain lately as I've been working on some of our next themes.  Also my little one is almost 4 and it means we need to get serious about some more structured learning.  I don't have a space that I can really dedicate to just preschool so I love the idea of something portable.  Below is one I made years ago and used with my older daughter.  I still love the different aspects of it and I'm going to use this basic plan for my new board with a few changes.  I'll post it when its ready but maybe this will give you a few ideas.

Here's what it contains: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree (we are going to add each letter as we learn it), Our calendar with removable numbers and month, weather center, and what we are learning each week.  There is also empty space at the bottom for anything else we want to add during the week such as sight words.

Here's how I made it.  A tri-fold board found in the office section would work great too.

I used a box that paper comes in and tore the edges apart.

I then cut off all the extra flaps.
For the Calendar I found a blank one online and sized it in Word.  Printed and cut it out.  I then glued it onto my cardboard and covered it with a piece of clear contact paper.  I typed up the numbers and months and printed them out on cardstock.  I attached them to the board with tape and store the extra in an envelope.

 For the weather center I used clip art from the Internet and printed them out on cardstock. 
I added two magnets to the cardboard and magnets to the back of each picture.

For the Learning Board I typed up each subject and cut them into rectangles.
I glued them on to the cardboard and covered with contact paper.  Now you can write on them with white board markers and they easily erase.

For the Tree I used this site and cut it down to size.  I just glued it on.  We will use tape to attach our letters.

Another great part is it folds up and slides behind their dresser when we aren't using it.

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