DSC08672 - CopyDSC03599I looooooove this fireplace. I began making 3D fireplaces years ago when I was an assistant. One day, the teacher I was working with wished for a 3D fireplace and I said ” Your wish is my command!”, well maybe not in those words but I was on a mission.

In the first picture, the fireplace is mounted on the bulletin bored.I used only the lids of the boxes for this one. Empty tissue boxes will work too.

In the second picture, the fireplace is placed on the floor.


Empty boxes with lids.                        Red, brown, and black butcher paper.                                        Yellow, red, and orange tissue paper.  3 empty paper towel rolls painted brown.                                                 White or brown paint.

What to do:

Well…I went hunting for empty boxes and remembered that the photocopying paper packets come in boxes. So, I emptied 9 boxes and dragged them with the lids to my classroom. The lids of the boxes are for the mantelpiece so put them to the side.

  1. Place the boxes in the shape of a fireplace. Make sure you have the middle, bottom box face the opposite way of all the other boxes.
  2. Use a glue gun to glue the sides of the boxes together.
  3. Cover the closed side of the boxes with red butcher paper leaving the middle, bottom box empty. Don’t forget the sides.
  4. Cover the empty box with black butcher paper.
  5. Paint white or brown rectangles of various sizes on the red butcher paper to create bricks.
  6. Cut flames out of the tissue paper and glue them to the logs ( brown paper towel rolls). I sometimes glue craft sticks to the back of the flames to make them stay up. It is up to you on how you would like to place the logs in the fireplace.
  7. Now for the mantelpiece; glue the sides of the lids together with a glue gun. When the glue is dry, cover the closed part of the lids with brown butcher paper. Again, do not forget the sides.
  8. Use the glue gun to glue the mantelpiece to the fireplace.

You can use fireplaces around Christmas time or for a winter scene.




IMG00413-20101007-1051A great board to introduce your student’s in the beginning of the year.

I put up this board when I was an assistant in KG. I am not sure why I used orange for the background but I think black will look much better.

Anyway, all you need to do is draw a large spaceship and cut out one star for each of your students. Type out their names and glue them on various bright-colored construction paper ( the bright colors will look cool against the black background) then staple them under or over the stars. I would leave the stars empty until the students start school then take their pictures and glue each picture in each star.



Who am I?This is a super simple board that showcases the student’s work.

Cover the back with yellow and use a fun border with children on it to go around the board.

In class, the children work on

making a paper plate that will resemble their faces. While looking into the a mirror ,they focus on hair and eye color. Once the paper plate is done the student’s are asked a number of questions and to follow are the answers which are written on a piece of paper and used to cover the paper plate faces.

  1. I have        hair.
  2. I have        eyes.
  3. My favorite color is      .
  4. Who am I?

For older children you may want to ask other questions.

These are great guessing game for when parents drop off and pick up their kids from school.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Look Who’s in Our Room


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Look Who's in Our Room

Now who does not like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! I saw this idea on the internet and loved it. I tweaked it by using black butcher paper for the backdrop to make the letters pop which I think it did.
For the tree, I cut three various sized pieces of brown bulletin board paper and stapled them on top of each other to create the bark of the tree. For the leaves, I cut five separate leaves and layered them in a way to create the top part of a tree.

I used the die-cut machine to cut the first letter in each child’s name and printed out the rest of their names. The beginning letters were glued to the names and stapled around the board.

The title was made by using the die-cut machine to cut out yellow letters. As always I glue each word on construction paper and laminate it to keep for the next year.

Surfing Into PK2!

Surfing into PK2

I saw this board somewhere on the internet 2 years ago and changed it to look like this.  I started by putting up blue bulletin board paper for the sky, then I added brown for the sand.  I cut it using scissors to make it wavy but it also looks great if you rip it.  If you want to get fancy you can also spread glue on the brown paper and sprinkle some beach sand.  I then added a long strip of darker blue bulletin paper for the waves.  This is optional.

I found  whale cut out from my under the sea theme and added him in the background.

I cut out surf boards out of construction paper and printed out their names using word.

I added a tree (if you look closely, I have used this tree on other boards).

I added flip flops made from construction paper.  You can also add real ones if you wish.

For the clouds I decided to make them puffy by scrunching white construction paper and shaping it into a cloud.  I then added the letters ‘Surfing into PK2’ and added a sun.

This board is quick and easy to put together, and parents love seeing it.


Dinosaur Eggs

image_12OK, this is not really a bulletin board but I decided to share this idea.  I gave my students inflated balloons and they used a mixture of watered down white glue and newspaper cuttings to cover their balloon.  Once it dried (next day) I had them put another layer using white bulletin board paper strips.  Once it dried, I had them paint their eggs any color.  We then made a nest using brown bulletin board paper and placed all the eggs inside.  I then cut out the words “Dinosaur Eggs”.

Super cute!

If My Dinosaur Could Talk…

image_3“Dinosaurs” is one of my favorite themes!  For this board I gave the students different shapes cut up from construction paper.  I had them make their dinosaurs.  You may notice some decided to make long necks while others decided to use spikes on their backs.  I left them to decide.  You can get ideas off the internet for different kinds of dinosaurs.  I then gave them pre-cut speech bubbles that I printed off the computer using Word.  I think you can also find them on the internet.  I had them imagine what their dinosaur would say if they could talk.  Some students used their knowledge about a particular dinosaur (I like to eat meat/ I am a carnivore) others said things like (I wish I could play soccer). Again, I let them decide. 

For the board I put up black bulletin board paper (you could also use blue but I decided to make it night).  I then put brown at the bottom for the ground (it can also be green) and cut it wavy to look uneven.  I sometimes rip the paper or you can also use scissors.  I then made a palm tree.  Tina taught me that if you staple the palm leaves to look bumpy, it looks better, giving it a 3D effect.  I recommend that you laminate the palm tree pieces to use again for different boards.  I then stapled the dinosaurs randomly on the board and added the speech bubbles.  For the title, I cut out the words “If My Dinosaur Could Talk…”.  For the border I thought it would be cute to cut out colored speech bubbles and staple them around the board. 

Love this board!