Clipboards are a classroom staple, and for good reason. Teachers find them handy for so many different activities! Plus, sturdy clipboards will last for years, so they’re a worthwhile investment. Here are our favorite tips and tricks that will make clipboards your favorite school supplies.

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1. Dress up plain clipboards with duct tape.

Save by buying basic clipboards in bulk, then customize them using colorful patterned duct tape. The DIY at the link below even shows you how to add a pen loop.

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2. Use clipboards to Write the Room.

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Write the Room activities are popular with elementary teachers, and clipboards make things so much easier. The concept? Post words around the room and send students off to find them and write them down. It’s fun writing practice that gets them out of their seats to burn off some energy. 

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3. Divide students into partners or groups.

Stencil your clipboards, then use them to divide the class into groups or partners. Need two teams? Divide them by odd and even numbers. Need groups of 4? Group them by color. Partners? Look for the matching animals. Now that they’re ready to go, they can use the clipboards to work anywhere in the classroom.

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4. Add a dry erase element to your clipboards.

You can buy ready-made whiteboard clipboards, but if you already have a classroom set, it’s less expensive to just add adhesive dry erase sheets to the back of each one.

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5. Create a colorful clipboards gallery.

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Looking for an easy way to display student work in the classroom? A wall full of bright clipboards will catch the eye and provide the perfect place for kids to show off their best work. Paint them yourself, or buy a set of colorful plastic clipboards here.

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