The girls and I created this neat little drawing station in the yard. I saw the idea in a Lowe's ad and slightly revised it to make it a more kid-friendly project.
We took cement board and painted it with black exterior paint (flat finish). I was told this works better outdoors since regular chalkboard paint cracks and peels when exposed to the elements.
A friend of mine showed us how to create alcohol ink tiles. I cannot believe how easy and fun (and cheap!) this project is with school aged children! We plan to make these tiles in the future for other projects or gifts.
Here's the tutorial on her blog A Bird and a Tree After buying the ink set for $10 which we can use many times, the only cost is the tiles at Lowes. We chose the 4x4 tiles for 16 cents each.
I used tile adhesive to arrange the tiles around the cement board.