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 I’m 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.

I 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 ūüôā 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 house.

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