This is a very easy board that I put up when I was an assistant in KG. The children’s artwork looked so great that I did not have to add much to the board. They cut out various geometric shapes then pasted them to create a mosque and made paper lanterns. I thought the orange would be a nice background for the board and added a moon and star with the words Ramadan Mubarak on them.
I made this board once at the beginning of the year and the next year I made it to showcase the children’s name writing skills.
All you need to do is make popcorn shapes; you will need one for each child and a bunch of other pieces to fill the bucket. Make a big popcorn bucket from white butcher paper and paint red stripes on it. I think that blue is a great color for the background.
If you do this board for the beginning of the year, type and print out the children’s names and paste each name on a popcorn shape. But if you do it during the year, then have the children write their own names on the popcorn pieces.
And now put the board together!
I got the idea for this board from the internet but added a little twist to it. Before putting up the board, it is best to prepare the crayon box, crayons, and title.
- I made a 3D crayon box by using small box lids ( empty tissue boxes should work too). Place the boxes in the shape of a crayon box then tape them together. Cover it with yellow butcher paper and draw the details to resemble a box of crayons. The top part is made of butcher paper and it is taped to the box. I also add a thin piece of paper along the bottom of the box which is stapled to the board.
- Make a crayon for each child and remember to use various vibrant colors. Type and print out the children’s names to paste to the crayons. Don’t forget to laminate them!
- Use the die cut machine to cut out the title. I used yellow for the title because it looks great against the black. Paste the words on black paper and laminate them. Now it is time to put the board together. The best color to use for the background is black. After putting up the black butcher paper, staple the top and bottom of the crayon box to one side of the board and the title on the other side. Scatter the children’s crayons around the title. Don’t forget the boarder!
As part of our ocean theme we transform our hallway into an ocean. The children are always amazed and excited when they see their sea creatures swimming in their ocean for the first time.
It takes about a week to put together but it is worth it!
What to prep:
After introducing the theme and looking at the different sea creatures that live in the ocean, I show the children various pictures of sea creatures and ask them to choose their favorite. After the children leave, I cut out two sides to each creature they chose from white butcher paper. You can make them as big as you want but for me the bigger the better.
1. Cut the two sides of each sea creature together so that they are as identical as possible. I free draw them first.
2. Clip the two sides together and write the child’s name on the inside of each piece. This way you can guarantee the children are painting the right sides.
3. I can not cut straight lines so I cut wavy lines instead. Cant go wrong with wavy lines, trust me!
4. Make sure you have a large surface to dry them on. I usually put the wet papers outside to dry and place a small rock on each one so that they do not fly away.
5. When they are dry, make sure you keep each child’s two sides together. This will make it easier when stapling them together.
6. Aprons are a must for the next activity. I also prefer to cover the tables with recycled paper because it is a messy activity.
It’s the children’s turn:
Have each child paint the two sides of their sea creature ( I prefer each creature to be one color but multi colors will work too ). Once they are dry staple the sides together leaving an areas open for the other parts and a larger area open for the children to stuff with recycled paper. As the children finish stuffing their creatures staple them shut.
While some children are stuffing their creatures, have another center where the children can cut out the extra parts to add to their creatures such as legs, fins, tails, and heads. They also add the eyes and mouth with black paint. Please note the following pictures were taken in my old classroom which was small and was easy to transform into an ocean.
It’s your turn: ( you will need help)
I always chose the day before the weekend and after the children leave to put up the ocean. I start by covering the walls with blue butcher paper. You need heavy duty tape which is applied to the back of each piece of paper. After the paper is up, we hang up the sea creatures by tying a paper clip to each end of a strand of yarn. One end of the yarn is attached to the ceiling and the other is attached to the sea creature. ( I keep these strand of yarn up all year and just change what is hung on them, make sure you have one for each child. )
Halloween is one of my favorite celebrations in the classroom. For this board I had the students paint a large paper plate using orange paint. If you are in a hurry for them to dry use sponges, otherwise just use paint brushes. Once the plates are dry, give the students black paper and have them draw the eyes, mouth, etc… or depending on their skills you can also give them pre-cut shapes to use or pre-drawn shapes for them to cut out. Have them glue them on the paper plate and add a stem using construction paper or pipe cleaners.
To put the board together:
For the background:
I like to use black bulletin board paper to cover the board but I have occasionally used brown for the dirt or green for grass. You decide.
For the fence:
I measured and cut out two long strips of brown bulletin board paper to fit the length of my board. I stapled one at the bottom and then cut out strips with pointy ends to make the fence. The easiest way to do this is to fold a large piece of brown bulletin board paper in half again and again and cut them all at once. (am I making sense?) This way they will all look the same. Staple them on and then add the last long strip at the top.
For the pumpkins:
Staple the pumpkins on the fence or on the ground behind or in front of the fence. I then use green bulletin board paper strips that I scrunch up to make the vine.
Depending on how big your bulletin board is, cut out a moon out of yellow or white construction paper and staple it to the side or even in the center behind the pumpkins.
Depending on how big my bulletin board is, I sometimes make extra vines and use it as a border. The bulletin board in the picture was too small and my board would have looked too busy.
At the beginning of the year we have an orientation day where out new students come with their parents to visit the classroom and meet their teachers. I have them choose a pre-cut shape and ask them to decorate them with pictures that represent themselves. They usually put things like their flag, favorite food, pictures of their family, their favorite toy, etc… The first week of school we have them share their shape with the class and if they want to they can talk about themselves. I hang them up in the hallway for a few weeks and then I use them to decorate the cupboards in our classroom for the rest of the year. They love looking at them throughout the year!