Teachers – you’re gonna love all these unique classroom bulletin board ideas. Bulletin board ideas for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, Easter, Spring, Fall, Winter, Back To School, Cat in the Hat Day… name a holiday or a season and there’s a cute bulletin board idea for your classroom below.
The simplest and most effective way to design a clever and eye-catching bulletin board display is to start with a theme. Themes should be related to the academic topic which the students have been working on. For starters, teacher bulletin boards can always be based around themes such as the four seasons, or specific holidays and celebrations. An autumn themed bulletin board is very easy to do, as long as you have some construction paper. Have the kids cut out large fall leaves. Pin up some shiny red apple cut-outs. It’s easy to tie a season into almost any academic subject. Have the students write word problems all involving apples, volume of leaves raked, or the pencils sharpened in preparation for school. Hang up their work amidst the autumn decorations that you and the children made, and, viola! A gorgeous autumn-themed bulletin board has been created.
Other wonderful teacher bulletin boards can be created around any fun theme you can think up. I’ve done under-the-sea bulletin boards, which are great for science work. I once created a flower garden bulletin board, which I used to showcase the students’ writing work. Since I use a process-based writing approach, each aspect of the flower garden represented a stage in the children’s writing process – a seed for their original ideas, a stem representing their drafting and revising, and finally their published work was the flower at the top.
Seasonal bulletin boards are important in teaching children about the different seasons of the year. For fall, you could have each child trace their hand on colored paper to make “leaves” for a large tree. This can help them with tracing and cutting skills. If they’re learning to write their names, have them practice on their own leaves. A similar idea can be used for Christmas where each child gets to design and make ornaments for the Christmas tree on your preschool bulletin board.
Preschool children may have a basic understanding of a few major holidays such as Christmas or Easter, but bulletin boards are a great way for them to learn about other important special days throughout the year. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Earth Day can also be easily incorporated into a preschool bulletin board and can teach your preschoolers valuable lessons about history, as well as other important values such as conservation (Earth Day), gratitude (Thanksgiving) and love (Valentine’s Day).
If you are learning about various shapes in your preschool class, try making a bulletin board that has plenty of multi-colored shapes attached with sticky tack. The children can move the shapes around and learn about making patterns at the same time they are learning their shapes!
With a little creativity almost any bulletin board can be interactive. Children love seeing their handiwork showcased. It makes them feel important and special. Having them “help” you make different materials for your preschool bulletin board may mean that it won’t look absolutely perfect, but it will save you a lot of extra work!
Having your students help with your bulletin boards has other advantages too. For example, when certain parents come in with a lengthy list of “helpful suggestions”(translation: everything you are doing wrong) you can distract them by saying, Oh look what little Jimmy made in class today! He is so talented! You must be so proud! Problem averted.
In all seriousness though, bulletin boards are a great way to showcase each child’s development as they learn. Even simple skills like coloring, drawing, gluing, tracing, and cutting are big milestones during this phase of life! You may just find that your preschool bulletin board quickly becomes the focal point of the room. Now go brainstorm and you’ll be amazed with what you can come up with!
Any theme you can think of can be used to construct imaginative teacher bulletin boards. Be creative, and have lots of fun.