Area: Bulletin Board ideas
I work in a daycare that cares for 4-12 year olds so it is hard to find a
bulletin board that they all enjoy. I discovered that they all love to have
their names on a board, so i created a name tree. Cut a tree (without leaves)
out of bulletin board paper. I had mine laminated to prevent it from tearing.
For summer, I made green leaves for the tree and wrote each child's name on a
leaf. I stapled them onto the tree, along with some red berries for color. For
fall, use colored leaves, winter, snowflakes. Spring
still working on, but i was thinking of putting green leaves on the tree, and
flowers around the tree with the children's names on them.
- Bulletin Boards
I read got this idea from another site and added my own twist to it. This is
a great First Day Back to school. The Title:"Our Future Looks So Bright, That We
Have To Wear Shades". Buy about five sun glasses and use a camera to take a
picture of each child with a pair of sun glasses of their choice OR buy enough
for the whole class for a first day of school gift. You can then cut out paper
sun glasses and put your children's pictures in the "lens" of the paper sun
glasses. OR you can use one pair of paper sun glasses for each child and put
their picture in one lens and "All About Me" info in the other lens. Whichever
way, it will look great. You can make a nice sunny background :) Enjoy!
For my preschool bb I make "Helping Hands" for our job chart. I cut child size handprints out of solid colored vinyl placemats then I take a
picture of each child to put in the center of each hand. I put Velcro on
the back and on the bb (which is covered in a solid coordinating paper) under the captions for the various jobs we have in our class--such
as flag holder, leader, caboose, etc. The Velcro allows the hands to be
moved each day.
I am a privileged speech pathologist who works in the in school
sector. Recently, I was given my own classroom and my own bulletin
board. I've come to find that there aren't many "speechy" bulletin board
ideas, so I came up with my own. I called it "I heard it through the
speech vine." I strung vines across the board, put my students' pictures
and a sample of their work. It looked great!
Use a good camera with zoom lens and have each of the children pick
something out that they'd like to take a picture of. Such as: ball, mat,
light switch, etc. Then have an adult take the child with them and take
a CLOSE UP picture of the item. Keep a list (numbered 1-10 or how many children there are). On #1 put the first child's name and what picture
they took. That way when you get the pictures developed you will be able
to keep track or them. Now, for the bulletin board: Put the pictures up
with the child's name by it. (You could put a piece of construction paper
behind the picture to give it more color). In the center of all the
pictures put the words "Guess What This Is". The children have lots of
fun guessing each others pictures and they also learn about textures by
seeing what things look like very close up.
To start our kindergarten year off we made a friendship train. Each
child traced his hand on colored construction paper and then cut them
out. They added to circle black wheels and printed their name with felt
pen on their hand print. I then stapled them to a bulletin board behind
a train engine that I had previously made. The bulletin board looks
great and it was a nice display in the classroom for our school open
160 students use our rooms during the week for preschool. On a large
board, make 3 dimensional flowers. Use colorful construction paper, with
pom-pom centers, and large green leaves. Entitle it: Friendships Blossom
at School Children bring in a picture of themselves. Post these pictures
on board. At the end of the month, each teacher gets her group of
pictures. This is used at the end of the year, for the cover of the ALL
ABOUT ME BOOK. Amazing how the children change in one school year.
I work in a public library where money is tight, so I'm always on the
lookout for inexpensive bulletin board ideas. Rolls of colored paper and
precut letters can get expensive, so I've found lots of substitutes that
are cheaper and just as good, sometimes even better! For backgrounds I
have used wrapping paper, newsprint, and donated fabric. My favorite
thing to use as a background is the solid-colored vinyl tablecloths you
get at the dollar store. I once used a blue one for a water background
and the effect was great since it was shiny. (I also used green vinyl
tablecloths to turn my round tables into "lily pads".) I also like to cut
my own letters out of wrapping paper...this works best if you draw the
letters backward on the back side of the wrapping paper, then cut them
out & laminate. I've even used vinyl pool floats from the dollar
store to cut up & make letters. Use rubber cement to attach them to
the background so they'll lay flat. Air-popped popcorn shaken in a bag
with dry tempera paint makes great blossoms for a bulletin board tree,
too, and crumpled paper bags make good tree trunks & branches.
Wood-grained contact paper cut into strips makes a realistic split-rail
fence. Have fun!
- Busy Bee
For my hallway bulletin board, I decided to do a religious theme. Since my
fours love to tear and cut paper we did several tearing and cutting projects
that week. We made rainbows, bees, and trees.
Here's what you need: assorted colored construction paper scissors, glue
sticks work the best with this project, and white or cream construction paper to
glue your rainbow to.
Steps: Have children cut and tear the construction paper, then have them lay
out the rainbow before gluing so they understand what they will be doing. Next
let them glue it all together.
Trees and Bees are done the same way.
If you do this as a bulletin board use the heading "God made the world
wonderful". Also use a rainbow boarder, it looks wonderful!
I found that using a couple of yards of fabric works wonders for
adding color and decoration to the room. You can purchase panels of lots
of seasonal items too. I did one outside our door with Tony the Tiger
and used press lettering saying "Our students are GRRREAT." The whole
school loved it. I use this especially when I don't have a lot of time
to decorate a board. I have 3 that I change on a regular basis. You can
also use fabric as a border by taking a strip of material the outside
length of the board and however wide you want it and just make loops all
around the board; stapling at every loop. Let me know if you give it a
For a fun bulletin board to support your popcorn theme, try this:
Make the title "Look Who Popped In". Cut 5-inch pieces of white
construction paper to look like popcorn. Take each students' picture up
as a close-up head shot, develop and cut out following the outline of
their heads. Glue to center of popcorn kernel. Make a popcorn popper out
of construction paper and place on board. Purchase cardboard popcorn
boxes or bags and place on board, along with extra popcorn pieces.
Decorate the board using these items.
- Lisa Chick
The caption at the top of the board is "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little
Star" can be made with the Ellison machine (letters) or you can create them
yourself. Then, you string lights (small white Christmas type) along the board.
A dark blue background is best. Use the Ellison machine or cut out a star for
each one of your children. Then, write their names on their star. Use a hole
punch to make a hole in one of the points of each star. Then place the stars
over the lights by putting the light through the hole punched through the star.
I use this bb for April and May. Title:" April Showers Bring May Flowers" I
paint one of each of the children's hands and press it on white paper and cut
it out along the edges. I then staple or tape it to a stem with petals. I then
cut out different sizes of raindrops (I use blue construction paper) I then
let the children paint their finger prints in blue or white paint and press
them on the raindrops. I put brown bb paper about halfway up the bb with the
top curving to look like the ground and put white bb paper for the rest (sky).
I then put the raindrops falling from the sky and the flowers along the
ground. I put the title along the top.
Have children create painted hand prints or cut out their hand print. Title
your bulletin board: Kindergarten is a Hands on Experience. You
could also do: Preschool is a Hands on Experience.
- sherri jones
1. Birthday club (month) acknowledge the child's birthday for that
month (ex. the child will wear a button or a hat or even a sticker for
2. Chore Calendar- everyday a child will be selected to carry the
toothbrushes to the bathroom etc.
This is a great April bulletin board! The caption is "April showers
bring....Mud Puddles!" Have the children make brown footprints on the
paper. This turns out really cute.
A cute idea for a summer bulletin board is to use bulletin board paper (green
for grass, blue for sky). Using any color paint have child take off shoe and
paint their bare foot (only one) and place on white construction paper. Cut out
around footprint and write the name of the child on the print. Use the heading
"Stepping into Summer" and cover board with footprints. Add cotton ball clouds
and butterflies, flowers etc. Looks nice for summer.
Since I don't get very much spare time during the day in my busy
preschool room to make new bulletin boards for our bi-weekly themes...I
use it at a circle time activity. I cut out the letters at home and put
contact paper on them. Then I stick them to a table and have the children
take turns retrieving the letters I ask for and helping to stick them on
the wall. They have lots of fun doing it and it is great for letter
identification! Also, if you are as tired as I am of tracing out little
letters for phrases on bulletin boards I would suggest printing them out
on construction paper from your computer. This makes it easy and it gives
you the opportunity to use different fonts.
Look How We've Blossomed: Have a pictures of each child starting with baby
pictures and going up to the child's current age. Have the children color coffee
filters and glue the pictures in the center of the filter. Just add a green pipe
cleaner and construction paper leaves.
"Launch into summer" or "Get into books and out of this
world!!!" with this bulletin board idea. Use watercolor paints to make
coffee filter planets. Cover bb with black paper and scatter planets. Add
construction paper stars with children's names and the titles of books they've
read. Or add rocket ships with narratives of students plans/goals for the
For our transportation unit I cut car shapes out of white poster board and
letting the children each choose any color they wished, I had them finger-paint
their car shapes. The title of the bulletin board reads: Where Is Your Car
Going? I made roads out of rectangular pieces of black construction paper, and
stapled to the b.b. on a slant so that roads went up and down. I used chalk to
make a dashed line down the middle of the "roads". I
"interviewed" each child separately and asked them where their car was
going. Each answer was different because they could not hear each other's
responses. I typed up their answers using a child-like font in parenthesis and
their name underneath. It made a very colorful display with orange, blue, green
and purple cars!
My 4&5 year olds love the book "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom." On our
bulletin board I painted a large palm tree. I then stapled letters of the
alphabet all over the bb. Next, I put each child's picture on a coconut
(brown circles) and stapled it next to the first letter of their name.
I divided my bulletin board into 20 boxes (one for each child). I put
their name on each box. Above the bb I hung up a sign that read "Artists
Corner." The children were free to hang up any art work they made at
school or home in their box. They could also change it as often as they
wanted. I kept this bb up for 5 months - it was a hit.
I am planning a bulletin board for the end of the year that will
incorporate all three of our classes. For the youngest children (ages 3-4)
their part of the bulletin board will be buds or small flowers with their
pictures in the middle. (They are our up and comers) The three and four
year olds will be the leaves on a tree and the ones who are leaving us for
kindergarten will be the birds (or butterflies) who have "emerged" and are
now "flying off" into the future. Each part of this bulletin board should
have the child's picture on whatever they are (flower, leaf or bird) The
tree, of course, represents the school. Happy stapling!
At the beginning of the school year, I decide what colors I will need
for the next 9 months on my bulletin board and I begin putting them in
layers ...This way...When I am finished with August (yellow) I simply pull
the top layer off and I already have the background for Sept. then Oct.
Nov...Dec....Makes my life much more simple and efficient!!!
I like to use the names of all the children in my room to decorate the
bulletin board on the outside of our classroom. For spring I made large
colorful flowers and put each child's name on a flower. Then I made
equally large raindrops and wrote things that children need to grow on
them. For instance, love, hugs, encouragement, etc. The title for my
bulletin board was "rain make the flowers grow". It serves as a double
meaning. To complete the board I added "grass" to the bottom by cutting
green paper halfway so that it hangs off the board. It's very springy and
a very powerful statement.
This is a bulletin board that the children will enjoy making. It is a three
day process. On the first day the children are given large, green, tree-top
shapes and asked to make collages. They can use dried peas, green tissue paper,
green paint, any materials which are green to make their own unique collages. On
the second day, the children are given different shades of blue paper, scissors,
glue, cotton balls, and glitter to make their own clouds. On the third day, they
are given a picture of themselves which can fit into a square shape inside
different colored airplane shapes. They can chose whatever color they want and
decorate their planes however they want. The green collage tree-tops are placed
on the lower section of the bulletin board and the clouds are placed towards the
top area while the airplanes are scattered about the board with black
"flying marks" trailing behind. The children will enjoy seeing
themselves as pilots on the bulletin board.
I found that if you use wrapping paper for a bulletin board it gives a
real appearance. I look for clouds, balloons, frogs, or anything that will
work for one or two themes. I found inexpensive paper at a local wrapping
paper store. Check clearance bins too.
This is a 3-D BB for Valentine's Day. I teach 2 year olds at a
Christian preschool. I made a large candy box out of 2 pieces of red
poster board. I cut as big a heart as I could get from each piece, then
used the leftover pieces and made strips about 2" wide that I used to make
an inside lip on each heart. I used a glue gun to put the top and bottom
of the "box" together. Inside one of the halves of the box, I glued a pink
paper cupcake cup for each child in our class. I took a picture of each
child and cut it down to fit inside each cup (like a piece of candy). I
cut 2 slits in the side of the top so it would fit over the bottom, but
look like it was open and sitting barely on top to reveal the candy. On
the top, I put a "label" which read: Our Assorted Sweeties, and an
ingredient list: Ingredients: God, love, laughter, friendship, and 2%
mischief. The top of the bulletin board read: Our hearts belong to the
Lion Cubs (the name of our class). I added pink and red hearts all over
the board. Everyone raved. Very cute!
Make a Spring Bulletin Board by crinkling strips of brown bags. These
will form your tree. Cut strips to resemble a trunk and branches. Have the
children decorate branches with thumb prints to create flowering buds.
Then give the children small rectangle pieces of paper. Let them fill the
rectangles with pink, yellow and purple fingerprints; add a green Popsicle
stick in the middle of the fingerprints and you have rows and rows of
blooming hyacinths. Make tye-dye coffee filter daffodils for extra color.
Now, your class has a colorful blooming board to celebrate Spring!
For a cute winter bulletin board, decorate your board with white
butcher paper or contact paper making a snow covered hill that slopes down
from one corner to the other. Add patterns of children on sleighs with the
children's names printed on them and add a caption like "Sled Us Welcome
You To Our Class" This was a big hit this winter in my pre-K class!
Want to make a tree in your classroom that can be changed with the seasons?
Use brown mailing paper to "sculpt" the trunk and branches. The more crumpled
the paper, and more twisted, the better it looks. Attach to the walls (looks
great in a corner) with stapler. After adding the branches, you may add a silk
leaf garland throughout the branches. It looks so authentic and you can add
seasonal leaves, flowers, butterflies and apples. We added a handmade swing that
hung from the ceiling.
Our March bulletin board goes along with the theme of lions and lambs.
Each child cuts a large lamb from preprinted white paper, colors the face
and feet, and glues lots of cotton balls to the body. When these dry, I
put them on a purple background, and add the words "I am Jesus' Little
Lamb". This is also our song of the month, and I have printed the words to
the song and some graphics out, mounted them on coordinating construction
paper, and laminated them. They go in the corner of the display. Another
board that could use lambs is "I'm not Lion... Jesus loves me". For this
one, children could make lions from paper plates, add sticky tape in mane
colors, and add wiggle eyes.
This year, for Valentine's Day, I turned my bulletin board into a candy shop.
Any colors will do for the background and the boarder. On the bottom half of it,
I made the outline of shelves with strips of inch-wide black paper, angling
them for a 3-D effect. Then, I drew the top half of the body of my store clerk,
Mr. (or Mrs. Agape. I put him up on the top half, so that it looked like he was
standing behind the counter. Then I filled the shelves with hear-shaped jar
pictures, photo-copied onto white paper and then cut out. Each student had a jar
with his/her name on it. For the next few weeks, if the kids were caught in a
random act of kindness/love, they were rewarded with a heart-shaped sticker to
put on their jar. I wrote what they did on the heart so that they looked like
those conversation heart candies. (Ex: shared) The caption on the board said
"God's Love Fills Our Hearts." It was rewarding to see them become conscious of
their actions towards others. Plus, they got to take their jars home to share
My job/helper bulletin board was made using painted handprints of my
students. After making the handprints with different colors of temper
paint, the prints were cut out and each child's name was written on their
handprint. I laminated these, which has made them much more durable (very
important since they are moved around on the board weekly) and Velcro was
placed on the back of each one. I came up with several chores (i.e. line
leader, door holder, group helper, fish feeder, etc.) and I rotate the
handprints as the chore helper changes. The boarder that I use is one with
handprints as well which was purchased at a school supply store. Our
"Helping Hands" board has become a big hit with my children and their
For the theme shapes and Healthy bodies I titled it "Getting in SHAPE
for the new year." and I cut out a bunch of shapes and made a shape person
with a barbell in his hand. It turned out really cute.
For our February hall bulletin board, I had each of the children paint
two large precut hearts red or dark pink, then when they were dry I
stapled them together, stuffing with tissue paper before sealing them.
Then the class used heart-shaped cookie cutters to print a variety of
heart sizes and colors on a piece of white bull. board paper to fit our
board. When dry, the paper was put up, the 3-d hearts were added, and I
added the caption "Jesus Loves Me" in red fun foam letters. Our "song of
the month" for February is "Jesus Loves Me". If you teach in a public
setting, you could change the caption to something like Valentine Friends.
Our Easter bulletin board this year will read, "Check Out These 'Egg-straordinary" Kids!" Each child will decorate an egg shaped poster
board picture frame with bits of crumpled tissue paper in bright spring
colors. When finished, we'll glue a photo to the back of each frame and
attach them to the bulletin board.
I had my health/nutrition and Valentine's themes mixed into one great
bulletin board. I gave out to each child a big heart cut-out and an index
card. Their homework was to put on the heart things that made them happy.
(pictures of family, foods they liked, etc.) In the index card the parents
were to write their recipe and ingredients for a Happy Heart. I then put
in the middle of my Bulletin Board a giant heart with the words: The
beginning of wellness is a Happy Heart. I then put everyone's heart cut
outs and recipes all around this heart. The results were not only great
but emotional, I even cried when I saw one of the recipes: "A little of
God's love, Hugs and Kisses from Mom , mix it in with a great teacher and
friends and you'll have a happy heart" Most of them were very original and
emotional. Great way to start a theme on Wellness!
Don't "Hog" All the Hugs, There Are Plenty For Everyone!
Have your children paint both a large and small paper plate pink. After
the plates are dry, glue the plates together with a little bit
overlapping. Give the children 1/4 piece of pink paper and 1/2 piece black
paper. Tell them to cut 2 triangles and a circle out of the pink paper.
This will be the ears and the nose of the pigs. Have them fold their black
paper in half and then half again and cut a "W" shape. When they have cut
that they will have four pig feet. Then have them cut two small black
circles for the nose. Glue on wiggly eyes and draw a mouth. Give them 1/2
of a pink pipe cleaner and show them how to curl it around a pencil. Tape
it on as the tail.
Have your children make heart valentines to place around the pigs for a
really cute Valentine bulletin board!
Just a simple idea that only requires the pictures you take of the
class & a new 'heading'. Parents and children alike LOVE looking at
pictures we take of the children doing different activities at school...
for special occasions and ordinary days doing special projects! Our most
recent are the pictures from our 2 week preschool break, but daycare still
met. The heading is "What did you do during the holiday break?" The
pictures are the daycare children making mini pizzas, cookies, Jesus cake,
ornaments, parachute 'tent', box maze, etc. :)
- Diana Hake
Be creative and fun by making a I Spy bulletin board.
Use letters, shapes, toys, pictues of the children etc.
Once a day select a item for the children to find.
After reading the book , "Snowballs" by Lois
Ehlert,I had the students in my class take home a white
construction paper snowman and a note that asked parents
and their child to work on it and decorate their snowman
in any creative way they could. They came out adorable!!!
We have some made with stickers, marshmallows, cereal,
twigs, candy, raisins, plastic forks (for arms), pom poms,
etc...The parents enjoy this as much as the kids! they are
really a delightful display in our hallway." Our
Snowfolks Will Melt your Heart"
Blizzard bulletin board. Snow scene with a snowman with
the teachers name on and different snowflakes with the children's
names with the words Welcome to our blizzard of friends (or
Bulletin Board: DECEMBER CAPTION TITLE: A celebration of
Holidays, Use Pre-cutouts of Menorah, Star of David, Christmas
Trees, Kwanzaa (Afro-American Holiday (importance about
working together) and also Ramadan The Half moon and star. I
work in a public school for preschoolers; We acknowledge all
the holidays that occur in December. The children color
Dreidels, stars, for Hanukkah, we continue with Santa heads
(use multi-color construction paper to make Santa heads for
Christmas, Kwanzaa, we construct fruit baskets and Ramadan, we
color family member, the father, mother, son and daughter, all
holding hands in unison.
My idea is for Fall. I use blue fadeless paper as the
background. I then put up a tree ( you can either make your own
or buy one at a school supply store) The children watercolor
paint ( yellow, red, orange, brown ) leaf shapes. When they are
dry I write each child's name on the front and staple them to
the tree or free " floating" on the board. I have the
children paint some plain construction paper and then die cut
the words, " Falling For Jesus" This bulletin board is
so colorful, and pretty!
I make a border that says "All about Me!" I cut out
paper the size of business cards. Under the border I put each
child's name going across. Each day we add a piece of paper under
their name. What my favorite color is, what my favorite food is,
who I like to play with, my favorite song. . . We do this until we
have no more room. We like to read them at circle time. It helps
the children to get to know each other.
- Verna Cione
For a winter theme bulletin board, I cut the shapes to make a
penguin: Body: Large Circle (black) Head: Small Circle (black)
Stomach: Medium Circle (white) Eyes: Two very small circle (white
with dot) Beak: Small triangle (yellow or orange) Wings: Two Ovals
(black) I made different types of feet: Ice Skates, Skis, Snow
Boots, On Sleds, etc I also made different types of winter hats. The
children assembled their penguins however they wanted. They really
enjoyed making their penguins special! We made a winter scene with
trees, ponds, mountains and snow. The children then picked where
they wanted their penguin to play. It was a wonderful bulletin board
and enjoyed by parents and children alike. Title: Winter Fun!
I always try to use the children's' names on my Head Start bulletin
board. For example, if the weekly theme is Fall, I'll use colored
leaves and print each child's name on a leaf. For Transportation, I'd
use cars with their names on them. For Fruit-apples...I give the
children their name picture after each theme is over. This helps the
children not only recognize and learn to spell their names, but it
also makes each child feel very important and special.
- Lisa Briscoe
Parent involvement is a key part of our Head Start program. To
reinforce how important it is, my theme for the bulletin board in the
parent room is.."Parents: The Most Important Piece of the
Puzzle" Each family has a piece of a cut up poster. When they
volunteer, their piece gets to be be put into the "puzzle"...
My goal is the "puzzle" will be put together in the next two
months. The parents LOVE it!
I made a bulletin board for the beginning of school entitled "A
Star Was Born On ..." and wrote each students name and birthday on a
large yellow star. The students all felt very special about themselves and
Date Submitted: 9-19-99
My center is out of a church and called St. Marks Ark. I divided the
bulletin board on one side I made Noah's ark with the animals. Next to it,
I made a rainbow using patterns fron their feet that I traced. Under the
rainbow I made grass with tulips from their handprints. The kids love
looking at the rainbow, finding their hands and feet.
At our pre-school each teacher selects a name for her students, such as
"Lana's Angels", "Kathy's Bunnies" etc. I started
teaching music this year so I call my class "Ms. Shirley's notes".
I made a large bulletin board outside the door of my room using musical
notes with 85 notes and put each child's name on a note. They were very
excited about finding their name. To make it easy for them to find their
name I put them in classes and put a picture of their class name. Lana's
angels has an angel above them. Tonu's Tigers are clustered around a tiger,
etc. for each of the nine classes that I have during the day.
For Thanksgiving we make a big turkey for the bulletin board. I then give
each student a large feather shape, cut out of paper, then they either paint
it or decorate it with collage items. Afterwards I ask them what are they
thankful for and write it on their feather. The BB heading is "The
- Kathy Wilson
I purchased a couple of sunflower garlands over the weekend from the local
flea market and put them around my small bulletin board. My calendar is in the
center of it. I intend to add some birds. I use this in a teacher education
office at my school
FRIENDSHIPS BLOSSOM HERE ! Make large construction paper flowers. Place these
around the sides of the board, with large leaves. I even made tiger lilies, by
creating a cone shape, glue to long black strands or paper inside, and add
little pom-poms at the end. Children bring in a picture of themselves, and this
is added to the board. (we have over 100 students at our site). HAVE A GREAT
- Janet Gallagher
This year, we put the words "We're Lifting Off To A Great Year" on
our board and made small hot air balloons (using colorful construction paper)
for each child. We put their names on the ballon part and pictures of them on
the basket part of the balloon. It looks very cute!
To encourage "happy faces" on my three year year olds, my beginning
school theme is "Preschool Makes Me Happy". I use happy face stickers
for each child during orientation and during art they decorate a flower petal
shape with Dot Paint. When dry, I glue a yellow Happy Face in the center of the
flower and staple to my bulletin board with my theme. Don't forget to add the
child's name to their happy face flowers.
Title: Love Bears all things....
I use this verse at the top of a door. My door at church is red so I put Blue bears
under it and put the children's name on a bear as they enter. The bears can be cut out on
an Ellison machine, stenciled, or printed out on your computer. The same is so for the
verse at the top. Since I have a bear mascot for my three year old class, the door goes
well with "share bear".
Title: God Took Care OF MOSES For an entry bulletin board to greet our parent and
children as they come into our churches children's building, I chose to use the theme of
our lessons for that month. Therefore, I put a blue background to begin to make the Red
Sea. Then, I used white, medium blue, and dark blue shades of blue to give the sea a
three-d effect and give the illusion of walls of water. This was simple with
scrunching,masking tape, and lots of rearranging. I used sand paper for the dry land the
Hebrews passed over. Then I used a stencil to make card board cut outs of Moses, a couple
of children, and an Egyptian, all facing the water. In other words they do not have faces
because the view is from the back. I cut small Styrofoam balls in half, sprayed them with
glue, and covered them with brown spice. Then, I stuck pins in the back and attached them
to the board for rocks. I cut out a cardboard chariot, spray painted it gold and stapled
it to the lower left edge of the board with sand paper under it for earth. I dressed the
card board figures with felt, a piper cleaner rod for Moses, small fabric bags for the
fleeing children, and a plastic sword for the Egyptian. I attached an Ellison cut horse to
the chariot with pipe cleaners. The places Moses on the rock holding his rod out
stretched. Lastly, I did not use traditional boarder but put Ellison cut white clouds on
the top half and had the water and sand paper come to the edge on the bottom. Also, I had
used some Ellen cut waves of various colors to give the appearance of movement in the
water. This board took a lot of time but for a first of the year greeting it was a
Make a classroom tree by painting and planting a large branch (tree). Let each child
decorate a leaf and write his/her name on it (or pictures for younger kids). Make
individual trees by letting each child color a tree pattern and gluing on leaves with
classmates names on them. This is a great Sept. project to help kids learn each other's
A Bulletin Board about Space:
I went to a local store and asked if I could purchase the tops to ICEE cups ( those
that look like bubbles or the front of a space ship). I took pictures of my students and
cut them into the size circle that would fit on the inside ridge of the ICEE top. It
looked just like the kids were in spaceships. I put the bubbles with pictures on a dark
blue background and glued silver stars around them. I made a larger paper space shuttle
and placed it in the center and added newspaper clippings of John Glenn's space shuttle
trip last year. The kids loved seeing their pictures in these space bubbles.
I teach pre-kindergarten and find little use for my chalkboard. I decided to use a
portion of it as a bulletin board/ I bought 4 foam boards that come with a self-adhesive
backing, added a little masking tape for reinforcement, and stuck them on the section that
I designated for a bulletin board. I cover it with bulletin board paper,(we call it
butcher paper). I added border to the edges and added a caption. I have an instant
bulletin board! Hallelujah!!!
For our space theme, we cut enough dark blue paper to cover the bulletin board. But,
before putting it up, we had the children dip the bottom of coke bottles in yellow paint
and then press the bottles onto the dark blue paper. It makes a great star shape. Once the
paint was dry, we hung the paper on the BB. The children had a blast and the board had
lots of great yellow stars all over it- perfect for space exploration!
I use the story of the lost sheep in conjunction with March lamb and lion theme. I use
a lamb shape and decorate it with cotton balls. For the Lion, the story of Daniel and the
lions den. Use a lion shape head add yarn for the mane or strips of paper that can be
curled around a pencil for students that can do this. Veggie Tales has video and and audio
tapes of the story of Daniel for use after the story is read. Hang the lions on a bulletin
board with the caption "We're not Lion, we love Jesus!"and for the
lambs..."We flock to Jesus" This was cute hung up in a main hallway.
For a beginning school bulletin board, I put up a cheerleader with pom-poms. I take
each child's picture on their first day and put it on a megaphone around the cheerleader.
Our first unit in our pre-k curriculum is called "Hooray for Pre-K." So that's
what caption I use for the bulletin board.
Back to School Bulletin Board-
Title: What a "Grape" Bunch of New Students
The first day of school give each child a purple plate (found at party stores- or have
them paint a white one purple). I prefer small dessert plates. Have them turn the plate
into a picture of themselves by adding eyes, hair, a mouth, etc. Once dry, arrange the
plates on the board in the shape of a bunch of grapes. Add a stem and leaves along with
the title "What a 'Grape' Bunch of New Students".
For my Under the Sea Unit, I make a bulletin board entitled OUR UNDERWATER ZOO. The
background paper is blue with Brown paper cut for sand along the bottom, and then seaweed
(green construction paper) coming out. Every day the children make an underwater sea
creature, and we display on bulletin board. Examples are: Crabs, snails, fish, starfish,
whale, dolphin, etc. The children really enjoy seeing their creations displayed, and the
bulletin board being part of the curriculum. Enjoy!!
For back to school in the fall, I made a large door out of brown paper. (the kind that
comes on a large roll) I made a door knob and a key hole. then I cut out a key pattern in
various colors. I placed each child's name and photo on the keys and placed them around
the large brown door. The heading read"Open Door to Friendship".
I keep this personal favorite display of mine in my Language Area all year long ( &
make appropriate change as needed). Cut out large T-shirt shapes from an assortment of
colored paper (one per child) ,with their name written in black marker. Attach clothesline
rope to opposite sides of wall or B.B.; then use clothespins to hang the shirts on the
line-" Mrs. Tracy's Class Hangs Out Here". I also make a smaller version(adding
a picture of each child) and keep it up in the Hallway for all the parents to see.We Love
This can be used as a bulletin board, or as a display on the wall in class or hallway.
I've used the wall directly, but you could modify stems for a bb. Each student selects a
paint color (primary,pastel, whatever) and paints one hand with it. Be sure all fingers
are well coated. Help to make a print. When dry, cut out around the print. Don't forget to
label with students' names, so they can show others later!
While paint is drying, measure the student, and help to cut a stem of that length.
Attach the flower to stem, and tape to hall wall. I add "grass" at the
floorboard, and above the display add the caption, "We're Growing in God's
Love". This is a nice way to tie in spring, growing, plant units, or use whenever
your school needs a little brightening.
Cut egg cartons into sections of 3 cups each. Preschoolers can paint them black or
toddlers color with marker. Add black pipe cleaner legs and antenna and you have ants.
Next, have children glue pictures of picnic foods on paper plates. Out line you bulletin
board with green construction paper and cover the rest alternating red and white. Arrange
the plates and ants around the "picnic cloth".
Terrific Bible board using Psalm 34:7 "The angel of the Lord encamps around all
those who fear him, and delivers them." - I took dark purple, bright purple and pink
construction paper and cut out simple angels. I then took the same colored construction
paper and drew little falling bodies (arms and feet in the air more or less) for my
children in my class (praise God I only had 14 to draw : )) using characteristics for each
child (i.e. one little boy has and adorable pair of Mickey Mouse overalls he frequently
wears, and I have a set of twins which I drew and cut out holding hands). I then took
pictures of each child and trimmed their little faces out and glued them on the hand drawn
bodies. Using a dark blue background, I stapled each and every child with an angel holding
him/her up. For the lettering I used dark purple and yellow construction paper alternating
the color for each letter and then I placed the scripture on the board in a wobbled
fashion. I have had several good comments about that board. Parents and teachers appear to
Growing in the garden of Christian love... used pictures of children's faces cut into
carrot tops popping out of the ground. Used green construction paper to make the carrot
tops. Put on brown paper background to look like a garden.
This is a real cute board ,I took a picture of all the children in my class with there
legs apart and their hands up over their heads .I cut each picture out carefully around
each and every corner of them .I found a pattern of a skate board and put each picture on
top of the skateboard .They look like they are skating .I painted a winding path onto
construction paper on the bulletin board and placed them all on the path .I titled my
board "Skating into Summer" If you would like the pattern for the skate board
please E-mail me and I can send it to you .
For October I do a unit on the human body instead of the
usual scary halloween stuff. My son was afraid of skeletons so I decided to show him what
a skeleton really is and that its not scary. The BB for this theme is easy and can be done
many different ways. I didn't do the typical orange and black colors but instead did a red
background with a big white skeleton with a smile. We would discuss the parts of the body
and label our skeleton. (This is a good time to have the children 'feel' there rib cage,
elbows, kneecaps, etc.) I always include little skeletons with a picture of each childs
face cut out and glued on, these are smaller than the one in the center and glued on the
sides of the board. One parent brought in an X-ray of his hand and we put that on the
board too. Through out October we add art projects that have to do with the body and we
also do a week on your teeth and taking care of them. By Halloween the board is full and
the kids aren't scared of skeletons, because now they realize they have one of their own!
For our Summer Enrichment Program music was to be my subject for the children. In
keeping with my class "theme," I cut a teddy bear out of white poster board then
colored it brown wearing a blue vest (I cut out the arms and legs separately). On the
vest, I put a spot for buttons and using glue and glitter created silver buttons. I then
cut out a bow tie from red construction paper and glued it to my teddy bear. I cut out
musical notes, clefs, etc...from black construction paper and "Do, Re, Mi" from
multi colored construction paper and stapled them in various placed on the board. Then I
wrote a caption bubble saying "If you can 'bear' it; we are tuning into
summer!!" It is a cute board.
For my three year old class, I traced my kids handprints onto colorful construction
paper ( and my own handprints). " A Teacher Never Does One Thing Single-Handedly,
There Are Always Many Little Helping Hands". I hung up that quote, and then all of
our colorful handprints around it.
Farm Bulletin board: Give the children cows cut out of white construction paper. Have
them sponge paint black spots onto their cows. Let them dry, when they are dry take a
photo of the child's face and glue it to the cows face. Place onto the B.B. with the
caption " You Look Moovelous!" This is so Cute!
In the Fall, one of our themes is hibernation. We make a bear cave out of brown poster
board (the base) and brown bulletin board paper. The children add leaves for a soft bed
and we place one of the stuffed bears into the cave. We close it up and add a sign that
says "Shhh... the bear is sleeping". We keep the cave in the classroom all
winter and in the Spring out comes the bear with two small cubs. (I purchased the bears at
On a standard piece of white paper, draw a large circle that just fits the paper.
Divide it into six equal parts. Have one paper per child. In five of the parts draw a
picture symbolizing a specific sign of spring in your area. The children can color these
pictures. Leave the bottom center wedge clear. As the children find one of each of the
pictures, a star is placed on that picture. The bottom wedge is for each child to enter
additional signs of spring that they have found outside. This activity really gets the
children looking around for signs of spring. We encourage the parents to help point out
"spring clues". We keep these papers on the on the bulletin board under the
heading of "SPRING DETECTIVES".
I teach the twos at a church morning preschool program. My room is called the
"Teddy Bear Room". I cut a large bear out and he stays on the board the whole
year. In the fall he may be sitting under the apple tree with his basket full of apples.
In October, he wears a costume. In November he's wearing a pilgrim outfit. (You get the
picture) In the winter he has a snowman friend. The children seem to really look forward
to seeing what bear is up to. He really becomes a part of our class.
For Easter: I paint a large yellow cross on my board. I then paint a brown cross on the
top (Jesus' Crown) I then take purple material and staple from one arm of the cross to the
other. At the bottom of the board, I paint some flowers and I write Jesus has risen at the
Spring Flower Art Precut small yellow triangles for students
Small White Dessert Plate
Green Ribbon 2" wide
Button all sizes and colors Glue triangles all around plate turn over plate glue on
lots of buttons glue on Green Ribbons Really Pretty to hang up as a Spring Bulletin Board
SPRING IS HERE!
Title:"What a Catch" For the bottom of the bulletin board you use blue paper.
This will be the water. At the top you attach string with a paper hook extending just
below the water surface. Label the hooks with the children's names.Attach net to the
middle of the board.(I used a small toy hammock)Make a variety of different fish out of
construction paper. Label accordingly (letter,numbers,words) or make a fish for each
color. Attach the fish to the water(blue). Each child has a turn to identify the fish. If
they are correct the fish go into the net. I have also attached paper "crabs" to
the side of the board. If the children identify 5 fish in a row they receive the
Make a garden of sunflowers! Cut a circle out of construction paper, the size of a
large record. Put the circle on a record player and turn on. Children use a marker to
track the circles made while the turntable spins! Then measure the length of each child
with green crepe paper (streamers) and use for the stem. Add the petals and leaves and
you've got a sunflower! Display in a garden bulletin board.
A great way to refresh faded bulletin board borders. Lay them our flat (outside or on
newspapers). Use bright neon paints in different colors, and splatter paint the borders.
I've had teachers from all over the school asking me where I bought my borders !!!
My idea is for a Pre-school bulletin board for Spring/Summer is a living environment.
In February we started a unit on flowers then late February we added butterflies and
caterpillars and ladybugs. We are now working on tadpoles and frogs. I call it the
"Living Habitat" . I have divided the board into 3 sections, the 1st section has
the caterpillars, butterflies, ladybugs and flowers and the environment you will find them
in. The 2nd section has Lilly pads, (made from green tissue paper)tadpoles and frogs. The
3rd section is for our Summer time ocean theme and this is how we will finish our school
year. This bulletin board allows us to save time and add to it for 2 months and still keep
it looking "fresh". To liven it up and give it a hands on approach we added a
child's plastic pool and created a living environment as we changed the bulletin board. At
first we added water, then we floated flowers in it, brought in some real flowers (roses)
and put the ladybugs inside the netting. Next we created a dry area and put our live
caterpillars inside and kept the netting as they metamorphosed into butterflies. Currently
we have pond water and tadpoles in and created a "pond" for our tadpoles (and
soon to be frogs). lastly I will put in some plastic sea life creatures, sand and shells
for our living ocean. The children (and parents) enjoy the hands on approach and as a
result they have enjoyed countless hours of learning. But we won't tell them their
learning. I'll just keep writing those observations and they'll think they're just having
I got this from a bb book. I cut out a few of each
child's hand in red and pink paper. Then made a huge heart from them on my bb. I added two
cupids and on top of the heart I cut out bubble letters that said : FROM OUR HANDS TO YOUR
I have a web site that has bulletin board ideas
for the music classroom, but some of them could be used in ANY classroom. The link is http://members.aol.com/jasontracy/bulletinboards.html
When studying about the Gingerbread man and the five senses, I covered a sheet
of poster board with aluminum foil ( if you can find silver contact paper that would be
great!) I folded each end to resemble a cookie sheet. Each child had a gingerbread man on
the cookie sheet. We added one feature as often as we could for great behavior. Our
"cookies" were decorated in no time!
Our nursery leader at church had a really cute idea. She took finger-paints
& had her two little girls put their had prints all over a plain white paper as a
background. Then she took pictures of each little child & had the pictures blown up to
5 X 7 and posted them on the bulletin board with their name beneath. This helped her &
anyone who substituted when she couldn't be there.
I teach at an ESE Center. We have mentally and physically handicapped children
ages 4-21. Each of the teachers decorates their door each month. We have a theme for each
month.. in October (Clothing month), we made a Mr. Potato Head from colorful posterboard
with several eyes, noses, mouths, hats, shoes, etc. that could be velcroed on. Students
(and staff) would pass by our door and have fun playing with our interactive door!
FROSTY IS GROWING WITH GOOD BOOKS
I traced the letters onto blue construction paper. Then I sprayed the
construction paper with spray snow and after it was dry I cut out the letters. They turned
I used white packing foam pieces for the snow at the bottom of the board. I had
the children help me glue each individual piece in place.
Then every time we read a book we write the title on a snowball (white circle)
and use these snowballs to build a snowman in the middle.
It turns out to be a very nice 3D bulletin board.
To make your life easier, make your "job" or duty chart as child
friendly as possible. I build mine into my bulletin board. I made a forearm and hand and
stapled an extra American flag to it for the flag holder. I cut out an old calendar page
for the calendar/weather helper. I drew two children and glued them on, one emerging from
the page (3-D. I cut a toilet paper roll in half, clipped the ends so they would fold
back, glued one child drawing to one end and stapled the other end to the board - 3-D! I
cut out a poster board door propped it open for the door holder. I drew a train caboose
for the line caboose. I stapled on a napkin for, guess what? the napkin helper; a cup for
the cup helper; and a snack wrapper for the snack helpers. The kids then drew their own
faces on face shaped paper; I wrote their names and laminated them. Now, they can
"read" the board themselves. I did the same with circle time rules. Each rule
has a drawing and words. It sure helps when they can "read" for themselves.
(found in mailbox magazine years ago) make a large round circle then use your
(teachers) foot to make the turkey head and neck. glue or staple to large circle Have
children trace there feet at least 4 times on different colored construction paper and cut
out. This will be the turkeys feathers Curl the feathers out using a pencil (heal toward
the body) Makes a very colorful thanksgiving bb.
The first week of summer camp I took (neck up) pictures of all of the campers
and used them for my bulletin board. I cut out people shapes(gingerbread man like) and cut
out the kids faces and glued them onto the head of the person. Next I had the kids clue on
swimsuits that they decorated. I covered the bulletin board with white paper and then over
lapped with wavy blue paper for water and then layered white paper on the blue and lightly
sponge painted with beige paint for sand. I then placed all of the kids onto the beach and
used some precut buckets and beach balls to decorate the board as well. The kids couldn't
wait to show their parents the board! I was tricky too and posted my info. and important
notices here where they were sure to be seen.
For the month of December I send a Christmas tree shape home with each child the
first of the month. With it I send a letter asking the parents to use any materials that
they have at home to help their child to decorate the tree. I suggest lace, material, ric
rac, sequins, etc. When they finish they bring them back to school and we put them on the
bulletin board. I use a blue background with a snow scene. At the end of the month, I
leave up the snow scene. and we add snowmen, penguins, etc. for January. The Christmas
trees are great because each one is different and the parents and children really like
working on this project together!
Cut out a turkey body. Cut out a feather shape for each child large enough to
write a message on. Let the child write what they are thankful for on the feather and then
attach the feathers to the back of the turkey. This makes a very nice bulletin board
decoration. When Thanksgiving is over the children can take the feathers home.
My 3 and 4 year olds made a great Noah's Ark bulletin board. We cut out wavey shapes from
3 shades of blue construction paper for the water. Then we fingerpainted the rainbow,
glued a sun in the sky and used cotton balls for clouds. I made the Ark from brown
construction paper and the children glued on windows. On each window they glued an animal
sticker. I considered using animal crackers, but decided against it, since the little ones
might be tempted to eat a few as they passed by in the hallway.
Name: Miss Shannon
Here's a cute BB for fall- Put up a blue sky with a thin strip of green grass at the
bottom. Draw a tree branch coming out the side of your BB. Hang acorns and leaves with the
children's names on them off the branch. At the bottom, add squirrels with the teachers'
names, and more leaves and acorns. Make sure to use fall colors! I titled this "Nuts
About Fall". Hope this can be of some use!!
I love 3-D bulletin boards. This one took a little extra work, but it looks great. (I
teach in a Christian preschool.) For Creation, Abraham, Noah, etc., cover a large BB with
blue paper. I used a bulletin board paper- box, to form a "shelf" or ledge on
the top of the BB. Cover this with polyester fiberfill or some other material that makes
clouds. I used a staple gun to put the "shelf" up on top of the board. (A
regular stapler didn't hold.) From the clouds, make raindrops - one for each student. I
put their names and birthdates on one side and let them glue and glitter the backside.
Suspend the raindrop from the clouds at different increments (using a stapler or glue.) I
also put other clouds on the board using fiberfill. On top of the board, (on the wall) I
put, "God Keeps His Promises."
During the month of September for my first grade classroom welcoming bulletin board I had
the children do the following: I covered the door with white paper. The children traced
and cut out heart shapes. In the middle of the heart the children pasted a picture of
themselves. Then they wrote their name under the picture. Next each child traced their
hand using various colors of construction paper. They wrote their name on each hand. When
all were finished I put them together to make a friendhship wreath to hang on our door. It
is really cute and the children made the welcome back bb! Like all of you I like to see
children's art around the room. I already know how to cut, paste, and color!!
Our theme was China, so my students and I made a joint effort and made a dragon. Each
student was given a paper plate (can be recycled!) which they decorated with various
colours of construction paper and sparkles. I made a dragon head and attached all of their
plates in a curvy line by overlapping tnem starting at the head and ending with a tail. I
then cut out simple legs and our dragon was ready!
On a fairly large BB, draw two cheerleaders ( a boy and a girl) decorate with streamers,
ribbons and of course pom poms. Add the words "Three Cheers for good work!"
Have the children add creations that they make in the art center or at the painting
center for a BB that you can really CHEER about! :)
I teach three year olds and love having them help with BB. During our circus theme the
children and I made a BB. First I made a tent out of construction paper and decorated it
with different shapes. Then I painted the children's hands to make different animals. I
painted one hand grey to make an elephant and the other was striped with orange and black
to make a tiger. Once the children's hands were painted I took them to the BB and had them
turn their hand, fingers down, and make a hand print of each. When they were dry I drew
faces on each animal, ear on the elephant, and finally painted tails on each animal. The
children loved this as they were able to show their parents their animals. When we were
finished with the BB I cut each animal out and sent them home per parents request.
This is a good multicultural board. Cut out figures about 12 inches paperdoll type . Have
children color them in and add hair eyes, mouth etc. Put them all in a line as if they are
holding hands. Have balloons, and or country flags coming up in their hands. Have a big
sun in the top middle and the words......We are all a family under one sun.
I got alot of my homemade ideas that I have for art and other
activities for kids. Example: easy recipes, things for water play, all little ideas that
are inexpensive but keeps little ones busy in the summer. Then I typed on the computer and
placed on colored paper in different shapes and sizes and used different edging scissors
to cut all around for a decorative trim. Then I placed these nicely all over the BB. I
labeled it "Summer Fun Ideas" I cut andcolored ice cream cones and pictures of
children playing andscattered these around the board to fill in. This was a good way for
parents to get simple ideas to keep childrenbusy as they learn. I also told what they
where learning with each activity.Example: Water Play--- get small butter tubs and other
containers and fill some with colored water. Buy some eye droppers and let the children
transfer water to differentcontainers and mix colors.This is an excellent activity for eye
I have a fun bulletin board that I use around halloween. I read the
book "Where the Wild Things Are" and put out construction paper, glue and
scissors. I have the children either fold paper in half and cut out strange shapes of
different sizes or let them cut freely (folding will give children who are shy about art a
jump start on the project) We make silly monsters and I post our "Wild Things"
on a special board. The children get very creative with eyelashes, fangs, and claws, and
they always brag about their "Things" .
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
I teach 3-4's and for my beginning of the year bulletin board, I am
going to make a large tree from scrunched up grocery bags and staple leaves to the top so
they look 3-dimensional. I cut out the first letter of each child's name in bright colors
and then wrote their name on the letter. I will staple these up and down the tree. The
title of the bulletin board is: Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom, Look Who's in Our Room. I'll
read that book the first day of school too.
We have a large wall in the back of our classroom covered in
corkboard. We painted the background in sky blue and painted clouds in different shapes
all around the top of the scene. We painted a large tree shape with bare branches on it.
This is a great way to display children's art work including leaves or snowflakes they
leave for the different seasons. We also put hearts, shamrocks, birds, santas or whatever
else they may make in our tree. Sometimes we even put Christmas lights on it during the
christmas season. It looks great at naptime and the children love it!
At the daycare I taught at over the summer, we had an ocean scene
going through out the school. For my bulletin board, I let the kids decorate their own
fish cut out of foam and using hole puncher holes to decorate the fish. then I stapled
them to the board which I had painted by the sea. The kids loved looking for their fish
that was up on the board.
I am a homeschooler and I do bulletin boards with my son, my
favorite one was on lesson I did combining rain and our senses. Using the poem Listen,
Listen (see words at bottom) as a basis for our BB, I had him draw pictures of trees,
birds, and little children, then we glued "window panes" on top of the pages
with the pictures. Cut out lots of raindrops and hang them up all around. Here is the
poem, which I got off another post somewhere!
Listen to the drizzle of the rain,sliding down the window pane,
And to the whisper of the breeze playing among summer trees
Listen,to the singing of the birds, in their own chirping words,
And to the giggles of the young,
Listen to sounds often sung.
It was a great activity, exploring things we can hear, as well as
learning a poem.
Name: Ms. Margie
1. To really add softness to your room (especially an FDC Home)
cover large cardboard pieces w/material and border it w/fancy edging from the material
stores!!!!!2. You can have the children decorate large sheets of roll paper by doing
things like: feet painting, hand painting, flyswatter painting, marble painting, etc. and
cover a bulletin/cardboard with their work to hang information on! This really looks like
the child's helped in displaying information to their parents!
For a spring bulletin board I made a computer banner saying
"Butterfly Kisses and Ladybug Hugs". Paste or tape the banner to a plain white
backgrond.I added butterflies made from coffee filters (as seen in a recent sping '98
issue 'Parents' Magazine). For ladybugs I painted styrene egg shapes cut in half. Red for
the body with black dots and added a black pom-pom head. For the bottom I added grass
(green photocopy paper cut and curled with scissors) and made flowers from miniature
cupcake liners, then added a stem and petals. Print each child's name on a flower petal.
The best part is that you can keep the banner, butterflies and lady bugs for another year.
This is a cute idea for spring. I had the children cut out a mud
puddle shape and then make handprints on it with brown paint. The caption was "April
Showers Bring Mud Puddles!"
This idea was borrowed from an old Mailbox magazine, but it's one
of my favorites!Cut out or trace and have the children cut out a green half-oval. Then cut
or trace and have the children cut out a slightly smaller red half-oval. Glue the red
half-oval over the green one. After eating watermelon for snack, keep some seeds and wash,
have the children glue the seeds on their paper watermelons. On the "rind"
record what the children dictate their summer plans to be. Label the bulletin board,
"What we're doing this summer!
We made flower petals out of different colored paper and labelled
the petals with the color. We then arranged the petals in a circle, placed a large cut out
of a flowerpot underneath, and arranged arow of flowers on the bottom. The heading for the
bulletin board is "Flower Power !"
We have four bulletin boards in my classroom. Both are changed
every two weeks as our theme changes. Our main board is located in the hallway and is
theme realted. Usually it is a combination of a small children's project and my saying or
unit introduction. Our second board is a math board located in our math area. It is also
theme related but deals with a new math concept each unit. Some concepts may include:
measuring, counting, charting,etc. Our third board is located near our carpet area and
displays our monthly calendar and weather chart. This board is changed monthly.The last
bulletin board in my classroom is a small one posted near the door. Above it there is a
sign that states "Parent Information". On this board I post any community, class
or school happenings that I feel parents may be interested in. Hope you like these!
In October our class learns about the fall season. On my main
bulletin board I create a giant scarecrow with raffia sticking out of his shirt and
pockets. I always like to let the children add to this board, so to do that I have them
cut a bird outline out of black paper. They attach a wiggly eye and a colored feather of
their choosing. I pin these "crows" all around my scare crow.
At the beginning of the school year we usually focus our first unit
on getting to know each other and friendship. On a dark blue background I'll make a large
brown door, with a knob and keyhole and with our classroom name on it (Four's Preschool).
All around the door I pin up yellow construction paper keys with the childrens' names on
them. Across the top I pin construction paper letters that says, "Open the door to
You can use this bulletin board at the end of the schoolyear for
your students who are going on to the next level. Make a lage 3-D tree on the board
using the large rolls of colored paper that most schools have access to. Make a nest for
each student. Put yourself in the nest as a largebird. Have smaller birds made of
different colors for eachof the students. They will be placed along the board, made to
look like they are jumping out on their own. At the bottom of the board, put the new
school or grade level that they are going to to, with a banner that reads--"Welcome
New Flyers!" The students really have a good time trying to find their
"birds" and it inspires a lot of good memories.
Cut small t-shirt shapes out of white construction paper.
Give each child a t-shirt and have them decorate it any way they want. In bold
magic marker, write each child's name on their "t-shirt". On your bulletin
board, string up a couple of clothes lines. Hang the t-shirts on the clotheslines
with clothespins. Using die-cut lettering, form the phrase:
Look Who's Hanging Out in Mrs., Miss., Ms., Mr. (your name) class
SAILING INTO SUMMER My headline is followed by a bullitin board
with several types of boats and sea life pictures. We have a summer program so I use this
board as we kick of the summer with our calender of activities posted as well.
Store your bulletin board pieces in large, flat envelope made from
two large sheets of tagboard or cardboard. Simply staple three sides together and slip the
pieces inside (small pieces can be stored in zip-lock bags). Label your envelope with the
name of the bulletin board and the month and year you displayed it. You can staple a
picture of the bulletin board to the front of the envelope so you can create the same
Name: Linda Butler Dunn
We are doing an Envrionmental Theme this month. We covered our
bulletin board with recycled newspaper as a backdrop. Then we created a world. After that
we went on a walk and collected garbage from around the school area. We cleaned it up a
bit (so it wouldn't stink) and hung it on our bulletin board with the title,"We can
make a difference". It is a strong visual reminder that garbage is very unsightly,
and the children themselves can make a difference in keeping the world clean.
I really get into my BB. In April, I cut out from white poster
paper the shape of an umbrella. I had all the children mix the primary colors with white
to make pastels. They then dipped their hands in a thin layer of paint (which were each in
paper plates)and made hand prints all over the umbrella. It looked great! We made a handle
from construction paper with finerprints covering that. In construction paper, I cut out
the words "April Showers." For May, I cut out a fitting piece of white poster
paper and drew a sun and stems. I had the children paint the sun and the stems, and then
they dipped their hands in paints to make closed handprint flowers above the stems.
For an easy spring BB I cut out lots and lots of 'springs' from
colored construction paper. I made many different sizes and colors. I then stapled them up
and wrote, "Spring has sprung" It is so easy, yet was very eye catching.
In my room there just don't seem to be enough bulletin boards so we
have created our parent board on a wall. I painted the children's hands with paint and
placed them around the edge of my new "soon to be" bulletin board. ( Just put
tape where you want the edge to be and place hands just above the tape.) Most tempra
paints come off with soap and water. We now have a colourful boarder made by the children
in our room. They enjoy showing their Mom's and Dad's where their handprints are. And
because of the eye-catching boarder, parent's are sure to see it as they walk by.
This is a great end of the year BB idea for Pre-K class! Either
take your children's pictures or use one available ( I have each child bring one at the
first of the year and then I photocopy it. You can even copy in color now) Make different
color flowers, stems leaves, grass and so on. (You can even have the children cut the
pieces out) It would even look cute if you used their handprints at the bottom of the
stems as leaves. Put their picture in the middle of the flowers add a sun, birds and
clouds. At the top of the BB put the words "Our "Kinder"garden" or
"The "Kinder"garden class of (and the name of your school)" Just
another idea to help the transition of leaving preschool.
For a Spring Bulletin Board, I made a large picture of a boy and
girl standing under a umbrella. The title is "God's love showers us with
blessings." I asked the children what blessings they were thankful for and listed
them on the raindrops.
I take pictures of the children on the first day of school using a
polaroid and then use those pictures monthly in my BB. Some examples are Sept:
"Welcome aboard" and I put their picture on a bus. Oct: "You look
bootiful" I put their picture on ghosts. March: "Our Irish Eyes are
Smiling" Their picture would be on a shamrock etc... you get the idea. This
month I had the children cut and trace raindrops. With an eyedropper and blue food colored
water we decorated the raindrop. I let the children drop the blue water on the paper and
then had them blot it with a paper towel, put their name on it and hang it on the BB with
their picture on the raindrop. Of course the title of the BB is April Showers Bring...Next
month I plan to make flowers incorporating the pictures once again. At the end of the year
I use the picture for their Preschool Memory Book.
For a cool background, get a piece of burlap to fit your bulletin
board. Next, make colored glue by adding food coloring into the glue. Have the
children drizzle different colors of glue all over the burlap. Let dry. Hang
the burlap on your bulletin board.
"Hands up for Spring" BB. The children press their
painted hand prints on a large newsprint paper using shades of green paint in the shape of
the top of a tree with the handprints as the leaves. I start with the green right from the
bottle and add white as the paint gets used. This makes various shades of green. The trunk
of the tree is painted brown after the handprint tree top is dried and hung.
I love to get my children involved with the bulletin boards. For
April, my children made rainbows from plastic canvas and 1/4 inch ribbon. Use 4 1/2 inch
plastic canvas circles. Using an exacto knife cut the circles in half. Cut away the
first six rows. The first row is weaved with red ribbon. The next row is weaved with
orange ribbon, next is yellow ribbon, next green ribbon, next is blue ribbon and last is
purple ribbon. The children enjoyed doing the rainbows. I tie beads on the end of each
ribbon so the ribbon does not come out. At the bottom of each rainbow I tied a cloud with
their name so the child who made the rainbow will get their own back. I wanted to work on
number words with my children, so I tied a raindrop to the top of the rainbow with number
words on them. I then made suns with numbers on them. The children match the sun to the
correct raindrop. They love doing it and are reinforcing this skill at the same time.
I teach 2 year olds, and they help with the art work that goes up
on the bulletin board. For Thanksgiving, we had a horn of plenty with the children's
favorite fruits or vegetables spilling from it and the words "Happy
Thanksgiving" spreading across the bottom. The children helped by painting large
sheets of butcher block paper different colors. They then chose which was their favorite
fruit or veggie by choosing from a large array offered. (The stencils were large, app.
8" tall apples, 10" long carrots, etc.). After the children chose their favorite
fruit / veggie, I traced and cut out the item on one of the painted sheets of paper. The
child's name was added to it (I also added the food name--several chose a potato--and I
wasn't sure if adults would know what they were.
The nicest thing about using painted paper was the fact that the
colors were not solid like construction paper, and, I felt they were much brighter. We
also mixed colors (red and yellow and got a unique looking orange with streaks of the two
original colors) and used different objects (treaded toy car wheels, leaves, cotton balls,
q-tips) to paint with to add a different texture to the paper. For spring, we traced each
child's hand on the painted paper and added a stem and leaf, as well as the child's name.
We have one cork bulletin board that always has a brown tree trunk
with branches on it. I started by placing pictures of the children and family members for
a family tree and a unit on families; appropriate Bible verses were included on
construction paper at the bottom of the board.
As the seasons change, we change the board accordingly -
multicolored leaves for fall, fruit etc. (let the children harvest the fruit from the
tree), bare branches for winter with icicles and snowflakes; tiny bright green leaves and
blossoms for spring - you get the idea. My boys look forward to bulletin board changing
time and offer many suggestions. It's given them an awareness of seasons.
Name: Cindy E-Mail:
We study a color a week in our 3 yr old class. The children cut out
pictures of that color. We then dedicate an entire bulletin board so the kids can hang
their pictures. They get real excited about it. They really learn the colors and they
improve on their cutting skills too! At the end of the unit, we have Rainbow week. We draw
a huge rainbow on a white background and use different things for each color. For example,
wadded up tissue paper for red, cut up construction paper for blue, colored cotton balls
for yellow, etc.
This is an inexpensive background for a bulletin board. Take
an old, white sheet and hang it on a fence outside. Give the children spray bottles
filled with watered down tempera paint OR food coloring. Have the children spray the
colors all over the sheet. When it dries, it is a beautiful rainbow of colors and it
makes a perfect background for any bulletin board!
After reading Eric Carle's story, The Mixed Up Chameleon, have the
children make their own chameleons. They can make them from shapes that have been painted
and cut out to look like body parts from the story. After the children are finished with
their crazy chameleon, make a big class chameleon on a bulletin board by putting similar
colors together and adding a chameleon head and tail. This looks really cute and the
children love to see their creations as part of a class project.
For use during a unit on FRIENDS:
Make a bulletin board with the Phrase "Caught Being a Good
Friend". I used Ellison Die Cuts of Cameras and filmstrips. When I caught a student
being a good friend to another student, I added their name inside one of the squares of
I just finished putting up a bulletin board with all pictures of
all the children. They painted a coffee filter with water colors and glued a cupcake liner
in the center. I cut out a picture of each child's face and they glued it in. I then
placed them on the bulletin board with green construction paper grass and leaves with
curling ribbons stems. The title "We've blossomed and grown."
For any dark corner of your room, (and we have a lot as our room is
all paneled) use white paper and cover it in the children's hand prints. Use all different
color paints. Let the children mix them and see what happens. You can also do this with
footprints and have the children "jump" from one spot to another. Use the slogan
"We are growing by leaps and bounds.
We just did a great BB. My kids love the book "Rumble in the
Jungle." We made a board out of all the characters in their favorite book. The book
is so colorful that it adds splash to the darkest of rooms.
I have this one up all of March. Make a banner that says WILL MARCH
BE LIKE A LION OR A LAMB? Then have half of the class make lions faces out of paper
plates and half make lambs. It is cute and they seem to love it.
This is not for an actual BB, but I have used this idea a lot in my
classroom. I find wrapping paper that I like or think will add an interesting touch (my
favorite was a Sally Foster Hologram Roll), and glue to a poster board. I then cut my
letters on the Ellison, although the letters could easily be traced with stencils. I
laminate them when I have finished the cutting process. The outcome has given me some
inexpensive and interesting BB letters. An easy way to substitute for construction paper.
Cut out a dinosaur out of construction paper, (try to use more
durable paper). Have the children bring in a small bag of their favorite cereal. Then let
them glue on all the different types of cereal all over their dinosaur, to make a
cerealsauras. It's cute to watch which cereal they pick and if they have some sort of
pattern or just place it all over. Either way it's really cute and makes for an
interesting bulletin board.
During our B week, my KinderPrep class studied bears. I die-cut
enough bears to make a rainbow when they were stapled up. The children added yarn,
construction paper, and wallpaper scraps for details. The BB was titled, "Some Bear
Over the Rainbow."
For a Birthday B.B. I use a background of black paper and put the
children's names and birthdates on a yellow star edged in glitter the stars are put up
randomly on the board with the title " A Star is Born "
I put up a bulletin board of large sunflowers and titled it with
"Mrs. Rainer's Garden". On the first day of school I took a good close-up
picture of each child with a big smile then when the pictures were developed I cut the
pictures to fit the child's bright, smiley face in the middle of a flower. This is a
bright and cheerful and pretty bulletin board!
I work in a pre-school that shares the building with a
denominational school. We were not able to honor all the holidays because they would be
offended with anything other than their own. We needed to find a bulletin board that would
please everyone at the holiday time. We have a rather large bulletin board, 12' x 5'...so
this would work on a wall too. We came up with a great one.
I drew five penguins on ice skates and let the children color in
their hats, wings, beaks and skates. Then I cut out a large circle out of poster board and
let them paint the shiny side with glue and white glitter. This was a great looking ice
rink for the penguins. Then we used large sheets of white paper and the children sponge
paint it purple and then white on top. This made a night sky for background. We added some
trees that the children made and hung paper snowflakes that they cut out in front of it.
The children loved the board and it stayed for two months. The parents loved it too and it
really added a lot of color to the room. It takes time but believe me it's worth it.
For a Spring bb, I have the kids make kites using coat hangers bent
into a diamond shape, different colors of tissue paper (they pick what color they want
their kite to be), and construction. paper to add details, such as, a black strip
horizontally and vertically to divide it like a kite and different colors to make bows own
attached yarn (for string). Then I take a picture of each child outside with their hands
up in the air like they're flying a kite and attach them below their hanger kite they
made, with their hands holding the yarn. I title it, Reaching New Heights in Kindergarten.
The whole school always stops to look at the pictures of the kids and their kites.
I am the first "star of the week" in my class. I put up a
bulletin board with pictures and descriptions of fun events in my life (1st birthday,
Christmas, sporting events, pets, family, etc.). The children love to see what I looked
like at their age. They ask a lot of questions. This also serves as a source of
information for parents that would like to know more about the person teaching their
This idea I have on my class door. I took my class out side and
took their pictures. I had them one to four at a time get in the shape of the letter of
the alphabet. For instance the easiest was the letter Y . A boy in my class stood there
with his arms out. The letter M were two girls standing with one girl on her knees in the
middle. Their hands were on her shoulders. I cut them out in the right shape to give more
definition. and backed them in white on a red background. The parent response is un real.
They LOVE it!!!
Name: Brenda E-Mail:
I put a white piece of bulletin board paper up. Each child chooses
either red or pink to paint their hands. They put their hand prints on the paper. Then I
write their name under it. We add the saying - "A Show of Hands .... We LOVE Jesus!!
We usually put the saying on two red hearts. Then we add heart border.
My idea is a great way to keep your parents informed of the days
events. Put a bulletin board on your entrance door. I use a medium size board and put trim
around it. I hang it on the door so it is eye level with the parents each day. I put a
thought for the day ( this month being Feb. all thoughts have to do with love! ) and any
important information, such as closing dates, items to be brought etc. i also put a not
that has a sun and cloud on it that says " What We Did Today" on it I put what
the children ate for all meals, and everything we have done for the day. I feel it is a
good way to keep all parents involved and I have found it easier that sending home notes!
In fact I get more comments on it and it makes me feel like I have done a good job!
Name: Sue E-Mail:
Children can make the border for bulletin boards by using rubber
stamps or sponge shapes dipped in paint to print on adding machine paper tape.
For Christmas I got loads of compliments for this BB: Have
students paint brown cookie shapes with white paint which sand has been added to for
texture. Then sprinkle glitter or real cookie decorations onto the "frosting". I
had the children choose 3 of their favorites and glue them to a paper plate. Use cut-out
letters that say "Happy Holidays from My Bright Batch of Smart Cookies". I also
had a colorful gingerbread boy on this board.
Name: Kim E-Mail:
We have used the Space theme several times...........We put stars
as the border........Dark blue paper for the sky......and the children decorate the board
with Stars-that they have covered with aluminum foil--------in the center is a pie
tin......that has been painted with gold highlights......the children also have their
rockets-which are made of toilet paper rolls and the triangular water cups......attached
to the bulletin board .......
Makes it look like every one is shooting for the stars......and the
kids love the affect.
Name: kathy E-Mail:
For Mother's day and Valentines day make tiny hearts out of pink
construction paper then make green stems. Put all the pink hearts together to form a
bouquet.. The Theme is Bouquet of Birthdays then tie bows to put on the stems it is a
really cute idea!
One of our parents donated a large piece of felt to the class. It
was a long, rectangular piece maybe 1'w by 3' long. Anyway, we took out different color
paints, cookie cutters and shaped sponges. The children made a classroom banner for our
toddler room, by making prints with the cookie cutters and sponges on the felt. It was a
fun group project, and we kept it up all year long. We wrote the year and the name of our
school on it and plan to make one each year.
Take a photograph of your bulletin boards and keep in a photo
album. This is great when you want to share your bulletin board ideas with other teachers
or when you want to go back and see what you have done in the past.
Name: Jo Ann E-Mail:
For a bulletin board covering I have used the plastic that a
christmas trees are bound with. It is like plastic fishnet webbing. It works well. All you
have to do is use clothespins to hang artwork, etc. on it. Also, I have used cord type
Name: ginny E-Mail:
"My Friends" Bulletin Board
Background- put neutral color burlap as backing, use "Little
Children of the World" or Kids trim.
Then I made children "paper dolls" out of posterboard (8
1/2 x 14), all different colors, just put underwear on them to start and laminated them. I
made yarn hair and added real bows and barrettes for the girls. Then I made clothes from
fabric or from paper for each Season or Theme that we were studying---Back to School kids
got backpacks and school T-shirts, then we added jackets and sweaters, then Winter coats,
hats, mittens. For Halloween the kids got costumes, Christmas we dressed them as Santa,
Elves and Reindeer. Let your imagination come into play! Ask the class what the kids need
to wear. You can add velcro to the clothes and children to make the board interactive. It
is fun for the class to see what their "friends" will be wearing.
Name: Kathy E-Mail:
I have found that fabric works so much better to cover your
bulletin boards than the paper. In the long run you really save money and allot of time
because the fabric will last all year and will not fade or show staple holes. Also your
patterns are endless.
Name: Heather E-Mail:
When I taught Pre-K I always kept one Bulletin Board for the
children to decorate with their own "creative art". Usually they would give me
drawings to put up on the board. This made them feel that they were really special when
their own "stuff" was put up!