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Volume 3 Issue 10
May 17, 2005


What’s On Your Bulletin Board?

WELCOME! to Education World's Early Childhood Newsletter. Every other week, I'll share some ideas on a familiar teaching theme. Hopefully you will find a new activity idea or two -- or a new twist on one of your old favorites! Since I know you are very busy, I'll be short and sweet -- like most of activities I suggest.

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Are you tired of trying to come up with unique bulletin board ideas? Does no one notice those bulletin boards on which you work especially hard? Try getting your students involved! Experts say that when kids take part in creating room decorations, they naturally pay more attention to them. Invite your young charges to help create and contribute to your classroom bulletin boards. By doing so, you are giving your students lessons in responsibility, cooperation, and communication -- and you’re giving your bulletin boards a new look!

Susan LaBella
Editor, Early Childhood Education Newsletter


--- For backgrounds, try using wrapping paper, black plastic garbage bags, fabric, newspaper, or solid-color vinyl tablecloths (blue for water, green for grass).
--- Shake air-popped popcorn in a bag of dry tempera paint to make tree blossoms.
--- Use crumpled paper bags for tree trunks and branches.
--- Try strips of wood-grained contact paper to make a split-rail fence.
--- Use a computer to print out headlines for bulletin boards onto construction paper, then hang them. (That eliminates cutting letters, and you can use different fonts and sizes too.)

Serve watermelon as a snack to children. Then collect and wash all the seeds. Now give each child two pre-cut half ovals. The larger oval half is green; a slightly smaller oval half is red. Invite children to glue the red half onto the green half. Then have them glue seeds to their paper slices. Finally, ask children what their favorite summer things are and record them along the watermelon rind. Display the watermelons on an end-of-the-year bulletin board.

Pre-cut a very large sheet of paper into puzzle-like pieces. Be sure to have as many pieces as you have children and give one piece to each child. Encourage children to draw themselves on their pieces and to decorate the pieces as they wish. Write each child’s name on his or her piece. Place the puzzle pieces together on the bulletin board with the title “We Fit Together.”

Try using this bulletin board during a weather or spring unit. Pre cut 20 raindrop shapes and laminate them. On ten raindrops, write number words. On the other ten drops, write the matching numerals. At the bottom of the bulletin board, fasten a laminated envelope in which you have placed the ten numeral drops and an answer key. Staple a large pre-cut umbrella onto your bulletin board and add the headline “It’s Raining Numbers.” Use pushpins to attach the word drops onto the bulletin board. Children can hold up each numeral drop to its matching word drop and then use the answer key to check themselves. Note: This activity can easily be adapted for practicing other skills.

For a unit on transportation, try this bulletin board idea: Give each child a pre-cut car shape. Invite children to paint their cars any color they wish. Staple black construction paper onto your bulletin board to form “roads.” Use yellow or white chalk to create broken lines down the middle of each “road.” Encourage each child to tell you where his or her car is going. Record each response and the child’s name on an index card. Complete your bulletin board by placing children’s cars and cards at spots along the “road.”


Check out the following Web sites for more background and activities.

Children’s Work -- Visibility Leads to Value
A great article that emphasizes using bulletin boards to make learning visible.

Classroom Displays and Bulletin Boards
You’ll find a huge variety of bulletin board ideas and pictures here!

Season Board
Involve your students in creating a bulletin board that changes with each season.

DLTKs Bulletin Board Ideas
Find loads of themed bulletin board ideas here.