Versatile Dry Erase Plates


Create a plate to look like your favorite animal then add Crayola® Dry-Erase Crayons and you’ll have tons of reusable fun.


1. Use a clear plastic plate to trace two circles on Crayola® Construction Paper. Cut out the circles with Crayola® Scissors. Use a Crayola® Glue Stick to attach one of the circles onto the back of the clear plastic plate.

2. Cut the center out of the second circle, leaving about a 1 inch (2.54 cm) rim. Glue the rim to the top edge of the plastic plate.

3. Cut out additional details from the construction paper to create your favorite animal: whiskers, eyes, ears, feathers, etc. Glue these pieces onto the top edge of the plastic plate.

4. Glue a large craft stick to the back of the plastic plate for a handle. Allow to dry completely before using the handle.

5. Use Crayola® Dry-Erase Crayons to write on the top side of the plastic plate. Draw pictures or practice math facts, spelling words or colors. Wipe off Dry-Erase Crayons easily with the E-Z Erase Mitt.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Adult Assistance is required for this arts & crafts project.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • Students draw facial expressions that match a list of adjectives (like happy, sad, angry, scared, hot, cold, sick, excited, etc.). Older students can write the adjective.
  • Students can draw the face of a character from a play being read in class and use the handle to hold up the character’s face in front of their own and recite their dialogue. Students can change facial expressions on plate to match the dialogue.
  • Assessment: Teacher observes what is drawn or written on the plates for accuracy.

Related Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

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crayola supplies
  • Glue Sticks
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
  • Dry-Erase Crayons
household supplies
  • craft sticks
  • plastic plate (small)



  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3


  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students can use dry-erase crayons and the reusable plastic plate to reinforce lessons in math, spelling, grammar, social studies, and science. They could also be used interactively in classroom games.


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