Always a great theme for the classroom, Rock and Roll inspires a lot of creativity. There are lots of everyday materials and resources you can use to spark some ideas.
You can hang cds, or even paint cds blank. Cheap, often free, these little discs look like mini records. You could even add a paper cutout of a little jukebox and have each child decorate a cd with his/her name or favorite song.
Meet the stars of rock and roll – cut out photos of the kids in the shape of stars and hang them from fishing line from the ceiling in front of the board, or attach to the bulletin board itself.
Find something small and metal and attach in ways to make the board interactive. It can clang, bang, and tinkle as things smash together or children tap on it with an attached stick.
Classroom door decorating is the latest challenge in design in the school. It can get pretty difficult to keep coming up with new and unique designs. If you haven’t browsed around the site already, there are a few pages that can help you with ideas, after all decorating a classroom door isn’t much different than decorating a bulletin board.
The Bulletin Board Backgrounds page is great for ideas on what to put on the surface of the door. The Bulletin Board Materials page has some great ideas for a few more materials. And don’t forget to check out the DIY Category for some really nice inspiration.
Classroom Door Decorating Ideas
How to make a beautiful classroom door
- Choose a theme – great design comes from a single idea coming through as a clear message. You can use movies, holidays, hobbies, sports, current events, games, and important figures to start thinking about themes.
- Involve your class – kids are great at coming up with interesting directions and ideas
- Keep it simple – a clear message will always be understood and liked better than a busy one.
- Pose a challenge or question – getting people involved makes your classroom door the memorable one.
- Make it interactive – Do you remember writing on a friends cast? Everyone does, participation creates memories. Get students and teachers to contribute and suddenly a simple door becomes a creative community.
April is a fun month for bulletin board decorating. It’s warmer and while thoughts might start drifting to the end of the school year, there are still plenty of days ahead.
Earth Day is April 20th, and an eco-friendly bulletin board is perfect for any time of year. Dedicate a bulletin board to reducing, reusing, and recycling. In the center of the blue paper or fabric covered board, hang three clear zippered baggies with pencil shavings from the pencil sharpener, scrap paper from old assignments or work, and crayons that have been worn down from use. Challenge students to write a creative poem, paragraph, or instructions for using the items in the bag in a new way. Use globe shaped paper for the final drafts and hang them on the bulletin board titled, “We’re Saving The Earth.”.
Another idea is to have the kids write stories about how they’re helping the planet, whether recycling, picking up trash, or not wasting water. Posting these stories on the bulletin board is a great way to encourage that behavior.
Word Scramble April Bulletin Board
Scrambled words are lots of fun in the classroom. On a plain background with an alphabet bulletin board border, adhere squares of letters in a 4 x 4 square. Have a classroom timer and a basket with “answer sheets” on a desk in front of the bulletin board. Students set the timer to 5 minutes and see how many words they can find or unscramble using adjoining letters during that time. They record their answers on the provided sheet and turn them in. Switch the letters around or add more after everyone has completed the board. It is a great way to encourage students to think creatively and see connections between words and letters.
Catalogs.com has 10 great ideas for back to school bulletin boards.
Kids and parents are busy buying school supplies, and teachers are busy setting a classroom routine and inspiring kids for a new level of learning.
If you’re looking for some new school bulletin board ideas, we’re here to help. Here are our top 10 ideas for a great first weeks of school classroom bulletin board.
At The Picket Fence has a great back to school bulletin board for the house. This one’s for two kids and is a very easy project!
I decided it was time to spruce up our “where the school paperscome to die” zone and make room for the newest addition to the ranks of school-goers.
For the month of july, themed bulletin board ideas might be for the 4th of July, a bulletin board about fireworks, uncle sam, and the red white and blue. Also for July bulletin boards, you could think about the summer heat, splashing in the pool, lemonade and sun sun sun.
Here’s some posts from around the web that might get you inspired for that July Bulletin Board.
July Bulletin Board Ideas over at reallygoodstuff
The blistering heat of July can make classroom decorating seem like a chore. Whether you are getting your bulletin boards ready for summer school, summer camp, or year-round school, the quick and easy July bulletin board ideas below will make decorating a snap. So, go ahead, add some color to your classroom and get your students motivated to learn!
4th of July Bulletin Board ideas over at ehow
The Fourth of July is a classic American holiday when citizens join to celebrate our nation’s independence. This holiday, which commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence, is a time to reflect upon the things that set America apart from other countries. Teachers can get their students in the patriotic mood by integrating Fourth of July lessons into the curriculum and creating thematic bulletin boards.
Over at the Robyn Nest, she’s building a simple diy bulletin board with some basic materials from Hobby Lobby.
I found this adorable fabric at Hobby Lobby for $9 a yard (called Tres Chic by Waverly) and the colors went perfectly with Baby Girl’s room. I googled directions for making a ribbon bulletin board and discovered I already owned the tools (iron, hammer, staple gun, glue gun), I just needed some of the supplies.
I stopped by Home Depot to pick up a 24″x48″ quarter-inch-thick piece of plywood and had them cut it into two 24″x24″ pieces for me. Then I went to Hobby Lobby and bought batting, cord trim, ribbon, and upholstery tacks.
Her summary points are great.
Buy thicker wood than 1/4″.
Don’t use a staple gun if you do go with the thin wood.
Don’t hammer upholstery tacks on your kitchen table.
Hot glue burns aren’t that bad in the first 5 minutes of plugging in the gun.
Bulletin boards and weddings?! You bet. Miss Brooch has a post up on wedding bee with a great idea for a wedding reception bulletin board.
She asks all of the guests to fill out little note cards and builds a diy bulletin board to display them on.
It turns out very nice and will be a beautiful memento for the wedding couple. She gets very creative with a pillowcase, some ribbon, and a stapler to create this wonderful design.
Leslie over at Empire Delicious shares her new magnetic bulletin board. It’s a small bulletin board made from a sheet of metal instead of cork, and uses little round magnets.
Rudolph in the Dark Bulletin Board
Penguin Sledding Book Bulletin Board
These little penguins are just too cute and perfectly themed for the winter season. The sledding adds a little action while encouraging students to curling up with a good book.
Flying Into the New Year Bulletin Board
While everyone else is focusing on the holidays, why not look forward? Reinvigorate students for the new year with as they fly, or soar, into 2011. Students can design their own balloons to save you the work of making it all yourself.
Snowboarding Santa Door Display
This award-winning door decoration brought together a Texas teacher and all her third period classes to make their Santa shred. What a cool way to make the big man in motion!
Don’t Get Snowed Under Bulletin Board
Keep students on task with this fun wintery themed board. You could even get students involved by having them add shovels or snow flakes with time management strategies written on them.
Gingerbread House Bulletin Board with Gingerbread Man Glyphs
This hallway-filling holiday display is a real treat! Not only is it a holiday-neutral, adorable idea, but it integrates education as students create glyphs to decorate their gingerbread men.
Holidays Recycled Door Decoration
This earth-friendly inspiration comes from the University of Maryland, but could easily be turned into a K-12 recycling project. Just as in this library contest, your students will be challenged to decorate their doors using only recycled products.
Writing Up a Snowstorm Bulletin Board
Shake up writing assignments with this project display. Whether students write about their favorite snowy adventure or a seasonal poem, the snow globe display will add some fun to the writing project.
Making Tracks to the Library Bulletin Board
There’s something I just love about this simple library bulletin board. The texture of the cottony-snow tracks brings the scene to life and makes the warmed hallways leading the library a lot more inviting.
Teaching Nutrition through Naughty & Nice Stocking Display
This PE project provides a lesson in healthy eating for students as they pass the display every day. It’s a daily reminder during the holiday season to eat healthy and stay active whether Santa’s watching or not.
Winter Fun Bulletin Board
This winter wonderland bulletin board combines a simple idea with unbelievable execution. The display also references the book Happy Winter by Karen Gundersheimer and lets students add their own winter fun ideas with the surrounding snow balls.