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Chalkboard Art and Awesomeness

ChalkboardWhiteboards seem to be quickly replacing chalkboards as the writing surface of choice around many Sunday schools, but I know I was still using chalk and erasers in my ministry. If you're like me and still using chalkboards, here are five simple tips and tricks to help you make the most of them!

1. Get artistic
If you have a spare chalkboard, here's an easy trick to do some really cool typography, courtesy of Holy Craft. Print off an image you want on your chalkboard, cover the back of the page in chalk, and using a pencil, trace the printed image. The pencil will leave a chalk outline that you can later fill in.

2. Sharpen Your Chalk
Here's a simple little trick to help your handwriting and drawing skills using chalk. From Sassy Style Redesign, use a makeup sharpener to sharpen your chalk sticks like you would pencils.

3. Avoid Dustless Chalk
New research shows dustless chalk may cause allergy and asthma symptoms in children who have milk allergies. (

4. Eraser Substitute
Lost your eraser? Use a damp cloth to make your chalkboard look just as new. You can use paper towels, but they tend to leave specks of fuzz around.

5. Chalkboard T-Shirts
Here's a product we love we loved so much, we reviewed it in our July/August edition of Children's Ministry Magazine!These Chalkboard Tees are great fun to use for impromptu skits, object lessons, and more. Ideas we came up with: Have kids wear them backward, write the Fruits of the Spirit on each other's backs, and then ask questions and talk with other kids to figure out what's on their back; or have an honored child wear one for the day so others can write uplifting messages.

Want to win your very own Chalkboard Tee? Now's your chance! We're giving away a couple of shirts and entering to win one of them couldn't be simpler. Just click here and comment with the word "LOVE" on the contest page for your chance to win this T-shirt! Two winners will be randomly selected! Good luck!

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