Versatile Dry Erase Plates

Versatile Dry Erase Plates lesson plan

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.