Express Feelings With Chalkboard Thought Bubbles

Back to school is here…how many of you just let out a big sigh of relief?

Admit it…it’s okay.

 I don’t blame you. In anticipation of this transition, kids all over are beginning to feel (and acting out) their first day of  school jitters. So, don’t be surprised if your children seem…well, just not themselves.

With all the emotions stirring around inside our children, it’s time to listen to them express how they are really feeling with school starting. Are they feeling nervous, excited, sad- or even mad? All these are normal feelings during a transition like this.

But getting an informative response can be the difficult part for some or our more internal children. Do you ever ask a question such as, “How was your day?” to get a general shrug of the shoulders, “Good.”

End of converstation.

I have a fun light hearted idea that can get your kids expressing and laughing about all those internal emotions without having to respond to direct questions using one of my favorite things right now….SPEECH BUBBLES!

Express Feelings With Chalkboard Thought Bubbles

First here’s how to make your speech bubbles.

Materials:

1. Foam board (black would be the best option but they were out when I went shopping for it)

2. Razor blade or a exacto knife

3. Chalkboard paint and brush

4. Dowels

Express Feelings With Chalkboard Thought Bubbles

Next, trace around something that can act as a guide for your bubbles…I used a square plate and rounded the edges but I am sure you can print one from the internet to trace.

Express Feelings With Chalkboard Thought Bubbles

I just knew this round christmas plate would come handy one day.

Express Feelings With Chalkboard Thought Bubbles

Then, cut them out. Note: it is a good idea to have something underneath that you can cut on- obviously, I really didn’t cut it out on my carpet!

Express Feelings With Chalkboard Thought Bubbles

Then whip out the black paint and go to town on covering the entire top with several coats. I think I did at least two- maybe three.  But remember, to follow the specific directions for your type and brand of paint.

Express Feelings With Chalkboard Thought Bubbles

Duct tape or hot glue a dowel to the back of the Speach bubble.

Express Feelings With Chalkboard Thought Bubbles

And there you go- it’s ready to have the kids write out dialogues and make up stories with their speech bubbles.  Don’t forget to snap photos or shoot video of them doing it for them to look at afterwards.

Express Feelings With Chalkboard Thought Bubbles

By the way-those too young to write can draw pictures.

Express Feelings With Chalkboard Thought Bubbles

Some kiddos may be ecstatic about going to school!

Express Feelings With Chalkboard Thought Bubbles

Others… not so much.

Express Feelings With Chalkboard Thought Bubbles

I thought of so many ideas to use with these speech bubbles-You can do it to document funny sayings your children may be saying at that moment.

Express Feelings With Chalkboard Thought Bubbles

Or… why not have a dinner where the family can only talk to everyone in speech bubbles?

Or …why not have your children come up with a family comic book where you take photos and create a book to read at bed time? Speaking of books-another idea is writing out their favorite things, age, and grade and then creating a book with the Paper Coterie Credit Missy told us about over here!

Find out more about back to school jitters over at my blog: www.weedstowishes.com or what to look for in your children’s stories right here!

xo

Express Feelings With Chalkboard Thought Bubbles


9 Comments
COMMENTS
  1. August 28th, 2012 at 12:04 pm
    Heather - Chickabug says:
    You read my mind!! I was just talking about chalkboard speech bubbles - what great timing to find a tutorial here today! Thanks for sharing Cristi! : )
    • August 29th, 2012 at 12:01 am
      cristi says:
      I love it when that happens!
  2. August 28th, 2012 at 3:45 pm
    Missy says:
    These are so fun - my mind is racing with ideas!
  3. August 29th, 2012 at 7:14 am
    alison@howdoesshe.com says:
    Super fun!!!
  4. August 29th, 2012 at 9:33 am
    veronica says:
    Love it, thanks for sharing Cristi!!
  5. September 4th, 2012 at 8:18 pm
    ordinaryamy says:
    I love this idea. Could you send some information on the chalkboard paint? I have not seen it sold in smaller amounts.
  6. June 11th, 2013 at 10:25 pm
    becky says:
    I love the speech bubble, so cute!
  7. June 13th, 2013 at 11:31 am
    Carlee says:
    Such a great idea for communicating with our kiddos! I love the fun table talk idea! Even my young kids can draw funny pictures! Thanks for the inspiring idea!
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