Pumpkins sitting on a gate

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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.

Variations:

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.

Enjoy!

All About Me Shapes

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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!

On the Farm

DSC_0044It took me three years to get this one the way I liked it. It is very easy to do.

  1. Make a barn out of butcher paper. I used red paper and painted on the details to make it look like a barn.
  2. Cut out a piece of brown butcher paper for sand and blue for a pond. I scrunch the paper into a ball before I spread it out and staple it to the board. It gives it a nice look.
  3. For the grass, I shredded green A4 paper.
  4. For the title, I used the die cut machine to cut out the letters and glued each word on a cloud shape.
  5. Once you have all your background pieces, staple them to your board, and add a border.
  6. Now for the best part! After discussing each animal that lives on a farm, have the children make various animal crafts and add them to the board; my kids made handprint sheep, paper plate cows, and paper ducks. I will probably add more animals next year.     
  7. After the children learned that chickens lay eggs on a farm, they colored a picture of a chicken, glued shredded paper for a nest, and added two eggs. Too cute!DSC_0045

THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR SPLASHING

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I love this winter board! I made the umbrellas and heading last year and laminated them so that I can reuse them. For the background, I put up blue paper and a snowflake border. I made the umbrellas out of white butcher paper and Tamara, my wonderful assistant,  painted them bright colors. The children cut out a rain boot each (a  fine motor activity ) and decorated them with spangles( their favorite messy activity). I stapled three large puddles and raindrops to the board and added the kids’ boots.

Another one of my obsessions is making everything 3D:) For winter, the children made raindrops. They cut out two raindrop templates and painted them blue. Once dry, we stapled the raindrops together, and the children stuffed them with scrapes of paper. When all the raindrops were ready we hung them in our hallway.