Bulletin boards are one of my very favorite
things to write about. I am a fairly creative person and I
have had more fun creating big displays to capture my student's
attention. In the past I have used spray paint, and blow up
animals to create massive displays...some of my best displays
were those where I used recycled items around the house.
In order to create a display, you first need
to come up with a theme for the bulletin board. I usually
come up with an idea BEFORE I go hunting down materials. I
would think of my bulletin boards as my canvas. I would use
all sorts of textures and colors to obtain an affect.
I mentioned above that I used spray paint.
I love spray paint, almost as much as I love duct tape. :)
Spray paint works really well on fabric as well as cardboard.
The trick to using it is to paint your pieces outside. Other
materials I have used for the backdrop are: wallpaper samples,
fabric remnants, wrapping paper, butcher paper rubber stamped,
felt, spray painted cardboard.
Keep in mind that the bulletin board is going
to capture alot of attention. If you want it to be the focal
point of the particular area in your classroom, the bolder
and brighter colors you use the better. If you are lucky enough
to have more than one bulletin board in your room, you can
coordinate them or make each board unique and fun.
I'm notorious for making huge displays that
go along with the bulletin board. For example one class I
taught we used the Under Water theme. I hung pieces of green
and blue streamers from the ceiling, along with cut outs of
all sorts of sea animals. I took big blow up whales (yes,
I blew them up myself) and suspended them from the ceiling
as well. When the students came into the room it had a feel
of being under the ocean. The kids and parents just loved
This is your chance to be as creative and
as expressive as you want to be. You don't have to spend a
lot of money on decorations. Recycle and share items with
other teachers. Use your imagination and see what you can
come up with. Below are a few links with some ideas for bulletin
Have a happy day!
Schrock's Bulletin Board Links
Bulletin Board Ideas
Bulletin Board Ideas
Teacher's Corner Bulletin Board Ideas
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