Practicing spelling words or letters at home can be so much more fun than just practicing on a worksheet. Challenge your little one with an easy-to-assemble & affordable new set-up with a whiteboard & our StoryBricks®!
We picked up this mini whiteboard in Walmart for just over $1 and knew it would make the perfect little learning station. For this project we also needed a grey Peel 'n Stick Baseplate, a sharp utility knife, chopping board, and some LEGO bricks to cut against. We also got our set of StoryBricks® ready for some literacy work.
To cut the baseplate to size we measured out the size against the whiteboard area, and then marked it using the red bricks. We used a sharp craft knife to score a line along the bricks and then went over this line 4-5 more times.
The next part requires you to simply bend the baseplate along the cut line until it snaps. This does require some gentle force, but it will result in a clean break along your cut line. Use your craft knife to cut through the red backing to split the two pieces.
Once you have cut the baseplate to the correct size for the mini whiteboard, peel off the red backing and stick it down. It helps to apply some pressure all over the baseplate to make sure it contacts all parts of the whiteboard.
There you have it, your mini LEGO Compatible learning whiteboard is complete!
Now you have your whiteboard all prepared, what's the best way to use it? We have been enjoying using it to work on sight words and also just to encourage creativity. When we do sight words and spelling we set out our StoryBricks® as well as some word cards.
This is a great way to encourage letter recognition and phonological awareness. First, the word can be built with the StoryBricks®, and then it can be written on the whiteboard. When writing the word why not encourage your child to use both lowercase and uppercase letters.
One thing we guarantee that your kids will love is getting to use the removal tool. This neat gadget slides right under the bricks, saving fingernails and patience!
If you are looking to make the learning a little more challenging, why not ask your child to form a sentence with the sight word. This is a great way to encourage more creativity, fine motor skill development and literacy work.
Looking for a way to use your mini whiteboard with younger kids? We let our toddler get artsy by drawing a picture and then trying to use our Pixel Bricks to build their masterpiece.
This was such a unique way to create which really prompted engagement and imagination. She opted to draw and build Daniel Tiger!
We'd love to hear how you have used our Peel 'n Stick Baseplates for DIY hacks. We love how versatile this mini whiteboard one is for learning at home, or in school. Tag us with your creations, @creativeqt.
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Creative QT® co-owner, Adam Hinkle, lovingly refers toPixel Bricks™ as 'LEGO™ glitter' because they do seem to have a way of finding their way all over the floor if not properly stored. The good news is, however, we have loads of simple and affordable ways to store them all in this one blog.