Whiteboard or chalkboard paint?

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  1. saralynn2006

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    Hi Everyone,
    I just recently purchased a used train table that has a double sided top. I was thinking of keeping one side green like it already is, but wanted to paint the other side with chalkboard or whiteboard paint. I have been looking online at whiteboard paint and it is fairly expensive, but I thought it would be less messy in the long run than having chalk dust everywhere. Does anyone have any opinions on chalkboard paint vs. whiteboard paint? If you have used chalkboard paint before, how much of a problem is the mess with the chalk dust everywhere? I haven't really seen chalkboards used recently at the preschools I worked at and student taught at. It seems like everyone is switching over to whiteboards. It seems like turning the opposite side of the train table into a chalkboard would definitely be more cost effective since the paint is cheaper and the chalk is way cheaper than whiteboard markers, but what is everyone's opinion on this? :)
     
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  3. mopar

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    With allergies and chalk dust, I would suggest whiteboard paint. I've never used either paint, but I know that we switched to white boards due to many allergies from the chalk.
     
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    For little ones, I'd use the chalkboard paint. Fourth graders ruin markers in a minute so little ones would in seconds.


    Edited to add: The smell of some markers, even if you have low odor, can trigger headaches. If you have wet wipes to use after the kids touch chalk, many kids can use chalk. I could use chalk without problems if I washed the residue off.
     
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    Yep, I was just going to say....allergies aside I would use chalkboard paint. The allergy question could get added to an intake form so that you had a head start at knowing what years to pull the chalk activity. Chalk is great for fine motor, and for pencil grip and allows them to use the "strong writing muscle" writing stance that breaks markers in a minute. Chalk is WAY less expensive to replace as they break it......

    Here we have markers and a chalk board and white boards, but we can only move to markers as our "muscles get ready" some guys have "muscle hands that still need a good workout" and they use the materials that are able to withstand the phase. No critical comments, we make it out to sound like they are very strong and they are, it just takes a while to get those muscles refined.
     
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    I would take the dust of chalk over the mess and expense of wipe off markers any day.
     
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    Chalk is cheaper than whiteboard markers...preK kids won't cap the markers tightly and you'll be replacing all the time.
    I miss my chalkboard...so much that I painted my pantry doors with chalkboard paint! We post holiday greetings, go team messages (both son's play rugby and Army Navy game s next week...Go Navy!), grocery list...:love:
     
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    Thanks for the help everyone! I thought chalkboard paint would be the best bet, but just needed a second opinion :)
     
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  10. WaProvider

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    I had no idea! That is so cool!
     
  11. Tasha

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    I would still vote for whiteboard. I hate chalk and some of the schools around me don't allow any chalk to be used, so that may be the next thing to happen. Crayola came out with whiteboard crayons this year if the markers are really a problem.
     
  12. vegcedes

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    We found a great product: OUTDOOR CHALKBOARD PAINT!

    We used it on the side of our garage and love it! After the kids write and draw all over it we just hose it off with the garden hose and presto! Brand new surface! No dust to worry about.

    It's from an Australian company, Porter's Original Paints (in the US they are called Sydney Harbour Paint Company.)
    We bought it online sydneyharbourpaintstore_dot_com. Expensive but worth it.
    -M
     
  13. flexmb

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    Personally never used either paint but have heard good and bad about the paint products. But I would say chalkboard because that is more fun for smaller children I think.
     
  14. WaProvider

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    I have made white boards out of contact paper (white) before and a different time I used picture frames. We had a whiteboard available on our playground for years. We also had chalkboards and chalk. We loved both! I am excited to hear that you found outdoor paint! Our outdoor whiteboard finally just sort of melted away.....it would have been nice to have a more stable item! I will be looking for that item! Thanks.
     
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    I would do the white board paint and then use the dry erase crayons. My OT really likes them because she says they provide more resistance then markers. I like them because they don't dry out.
     
  16. JenNC

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    I painted walls with both this year. Kids love the chalkboard, and even have fun erasing it- I would highly recommend it. The whiteboard paint has been a big disappointment. It does not erase, even with the nauseating dry erase spray. We now use the space as an easel instead.
     

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