Have you ever wondered what teachers do during the summer? Well, believe it or not, we don’t sit around drinking coffee and eating bon bons while getting paid! If teachers are not working a second job, then, they are either taking staff development courses (I have 50 hours already this summer), or preparing their classroom. My youngest daughter just got her very first job as a first grade teacher, so we have been very busy preparing! One of the things we decided her students would need would be a clipboard. Read on to learn how we customized Dollar Store clipboards for her new classroom.
A Boring Clipboard is NO Fun!
Being that Melinda is teaching first grade, her classroom must be cute, warm and inviting. She also needs flexible seating and centers, which do not always have a flat writing surface. Since we are on a budget, a boring clipboard from Dollar Tree was purchased. The boring needed to move to fun, but we did not want to use paper and Modge Podge as it would make the surface bumpy. This would make it difficult for her little people to write, so we decided to use paint to jazz things up.
What you will need to create your cute clipboard:
- Spray Paint (We used 2 colors)
- Vinyl or stickers
- ribbon (optional)
4 Simple Steps for a Cute Clipboard
Step One- Paint the front of the clipboard. The metal part can be painted, or it could be covered, so it will stay silver. It took several coats of paint because the wood was very thirsty. After the front is dry, then, paint the back.
Step Two- Use stickers or vinyl to add a design. We wanted blue polka dots on the front, so some vinyl was cut in circles, then placed on the board. Be sure to seal the vinyl or sticker down. 🙂 The design chosen could be for the front, back or both sides of the clipboard.
Step Three- Spray paint the second color over the vinyl on the front or back. It might take several coats of paint to completely cover the base coat of paint.
Step Four- Remove the vinyl and smile with joy! We decided to add some vinyl cut outs to the back. Melinda’s classroom colors of teal and yellow, along with giraffes are evident in this super cute clipboard. Ribbon adds even more cuteness. Since this clipboard was for a classroom, we chose to omit ribbon because these clipboards will be getting loads of use.
What are the numbers, you ask? In first grade, children are still working on number sense. Melinda can assign a clipboard by using math. For example, she can tell a student to get the clipboard which is the difference between 6 and 1. (That would be clipboard number 5) Everything in a classroom has purpose!
That’s it! Just 4 simple steps to create a cute clipboard for your amazing student! Simple, Cheap and Easy for those on a budget, but an oh so special and fun for your student.