Our home also serves as Baby Mama HQ. This can be tricky, especially since there’s not a lot of space to work with. In our dining room—with easels all over the place—it was starting to feel like the walls were closing in.

During his year at the Green School in Bali, Indonesia, my eldest son, Talin, picked up a trick or two, and has been using what he learned to help us out. At the Green School, instead of chalk boards, they use reclaimed windshields from old vehicles as dry erase boards in the classrooms! Since we don’t have old windshields lying around we had to come up with something different. Perhaps the glass from an old frame or two? The one you see being used here was a steal at a salvage yard. It’s original color: GOLD. That wasn’t going to fly in our household, but we fixed it… with a can of flat white spray paint.

Find a frame you like.

If your frame doesn’t already have glass, get a piece of window glass cut to the proper size.

Behind the glass, place a piece of white foam coreboard cut to size.

Make sure glass and foam coreboard are secured. We used 1.7 X 40mm nails, hammered them into the frame deep enough so they were tight, and then bent them over to hold the glass and coreboard in place. See picture for example.

Hang and use your favorite dry erase markers.

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