Make Your Own Mini Whiteboards!
One of the most common questions I get from readers involves the class whiteboard sets I featured during my Wayne Thiebaud lesson. People are interested in where I got them, how much they cost, what I use them for, and if I like them. I thought it was time to share with you all not only info about my white boards, but how you can make your own on the cheap!
If you want something more heavy duty, You can purchase class sets of whiteboards from catalogs like Dick Blick or Sax. They come in sets of 12, and run around 20 dollars for a set, I believe. I could not find them online, however, I know they are in the large catalogs. Not too bad of a deal for something you can use over and over, year to year and can get many uses out of them. For example….
Art Room Mini Whiteboard Ideas:
- Drawing Shapes and Lines
- Vocab Word Review
- Quick Assessment Drawing
- Practice Drawing (see above)
- “Sketching” out ideas before you start a project
- Make a list of project steps
- “Free Art Cupboard”
- Webs and Mind Maps
- Games like pictionary at your seat
- Holding up True/False or Warm/Cool for art review games
Maybe you aren’t into spending money for whiteboards or you are out of budget money for the year. (I know I am!) So here is a quick and easy Do It Yourself version to get yourself a class set of whiteboards in a jiffy. It’s so simple, you’ll laugh at my directions.
Make Your Own Mini Whiteboards
- Get white paper or card stock cut to the size you want
- Send them off to be laminated (I have found stores like Staples or local professional print shops have a thicker lamination then what is offered at my school. It might be wise to look into that for a thicker more quality product.
- Cut and trim to your desiring
- Bam! You have your own set of whiteboards for a fraction of the cost.
I told you it was easy! Why wait?
If you made even smaller white boards or cut larger ones down, students could use them to make their own flashcards or memory game. What a fun way to review concepts in the art room. Next, you just get yourself a set of whiteboard markers or whiteboard crayons.
To Erase- I have students use a Kleenex (high tech). One of my colleagues also brought in mismatched socks and uses them as “sock erasers”.. and it’s free, people, all free! You could cut up soft rags, too. It’s endless.
How else could you see yourself using a class set of dry erase boards with your students? Do share!