August 19 - Ahhh. Call it what you will, back to school station, command center, communication centre, or the oodles of other names it could go by - mine is done! M is super excited about it. She loves all the felt flower magnets, her morning checklist, and the giant paper clips to use as an art display. This project has been in my brain but was on the back burner of things to do - the never ending list it seems. It's amazing what a panicked mode will do for a mom! The project took just over four hours to complete - but I was also doing a bit of work, e-mailing, brainstorming, and the like alongside this. Here's my DIY tutorial to help you create your own modular command center for your kids.
I collected all the items I needed that morning on a blitz trip to Ikea and Michaels. Some of the items I had at home but if you need to find them here are the lists. This project took about four hours to complete - I will give you some time saving tips along the way. I think this project could easily be done with one board. I opted to put two together so that one day each girl can have their own side (time saving tip: plan ahead).
Two magnet boards
Two pot plants
Two large paper clips (smaller ones would do as well)
Watercolors (my guess is you have some crayola ones for your kids kicking around - totally acceptable)
Patterned scrap book paper
Spray Paint -Time saving tip: I used our wall color and put on a sealant, to save time leave as is or spray paint instead.
We now have a special magnet to track the day - as long as my youngest's hands don't get all over it or my oldest doesn't think the calendar is a board game... Hopefully this helps reinforce the work we've been doing learning the days of the week.
I also needed a checklist for M for the morning - all the things she needs to do before she gets to watch TV. I first started by looking on pinterest, then by looking for clip art, but after finding nothing I decided I could quickly do up some water color images to suit the steps she needed. Can't quickly whip up some watercolors? Here's my list that you can print.
In between bits of the project I painted my magnet boards with the same wall color I used in the kitchen (Benjamin Moore Soft White). The board really stands out against the dark cabinets now and brings a little pocket of color to an otherwise blank wall. I used a matte sealant over the paint to help it take some abuse and protect the paint from peeling and chipping.