Seasons and holidays provide wonderful chances to redecorate the classroom and to change up classroom themes. Make the space interesting with decorations for bulletin boards, walls, doors, ceilings, windows. You can design and create your own pieces, or have the whole class join in the fun. Here’s some ideas for how to decorate your classroom.
- Back to School: Help students dive into fall mindset. Open the year with imagery of autumn leaves, pumpkins, and apples. There’s also a classroom themed decoration for the bulletin board or you can make your own with construction paper, rulers, scissors, and other crafting materials. Owls are trendy and cute this time of year and their features are easy for students to craft.
- Halloween Pumpkin Door: Cover door in orange butcher paper. Cut out simple black shapes to form the pumpkin’s face (like a Jack-o-lantern). Adhere pieces like the stem and leaves onto the door.
- Thanksgiving Cornucopia: Students can make individual ones or the decoration can be a collaborative effort to celebrate the spirit of Thanksgiving. Have different fruit and veggie templates for them to choose from, like squash, apples, and corn. Decorate and cut out. Design a large cornucopia for the bulletin board, and each student can add his or hers to horn of plenty.
- Pretend Snowfall: Fold white and blue papers into fourths or eighths. Make cuts to create your snowflake designs and unfold. String three together and hang from the ceiling. Snowflake wreath kits are available too to save some steps.
- Stockings: Create a simple stocking template on construction papers. Add a line near the top for the fold over band. Distribute to the students. They can write their names with permanent marker and decorate. Add cotton balls to trim the top, outline in glitter, or color in candy-cane stripes.
- Candy Heart Banner: Fill the classroom with love to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Use a box of conversation hearts as your inspiration. Collect construction papers in pastels colors. Write messages like “XOXO,” “Be Mine,” and “Hugs.” Make a template and cut out hearts for the desired length of the banner. Punch holes at the top, either in the center or at the top curves of the hearts. Use twine or ribbon to pull through and hang.
- Class Tree: Cover the wall or a corner of the classroom with blue butcher paper for your backdrop. Make a large paper trunk and branches over the backdrop with brown paper. Have a supply of construction paper in different shades of green. Distribute a leaf template to the class. Cut the leaves and decorate. Add each leaf to the tree.
- Rainbow Links: Spring is a time when the sun peeks out along with the rainfall. Gather construction paper in the colors of the rainbow. Cut into strips. Tape ends together to create interlocking circles. Build a strip for red, orange, yellow, etc. Adhere strips to the wall or bulletin board to form a rainbow. Add a pot of gold to this craft to transform into a St. Patrick’s Day craft.
- Eggs Over Easy: Spring ushers in the Easter holiday and a theme of rebirth. This garland is super easy and adds a splash of color to your window or walls. Collect paint chips in assorted colors. Bright pastels work well for this theme. Make an egg template to trace onto the paint cards. The white gaps between the colors on the card become white horizontal stripes for your eggs. Punch a hole at the top and string together.
- Beach View: Cover a bulletin board with blue butcher paper. Overlay brown paper to illustrate sand. Customize with a graphic, like a palm tree or crab. Choose a cute beach shape, like fish, sand pails, flip-flops, or ice cream cones for the students to decorate and then display on your scene.
- Aloha Windows: Trim your windows with raffia fringe for an island vibe. Add brightly-colored tissue paper flowers. You could also embellish your desk with these decorations.
- Bandana Bunting: If you host a class in July, there is an opportunity to display patriotic decorations (also good for Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, or Presidents’ Day. Gather red, white, and blue bandannas for your fabric pieces. Cut into triangle pieces. Fold over the top edge of the wide part of the triangle piece over string and secure with hot glue; repeat for all the triangles. You could also design your own flags and patriotic patterns with plain white bandannas.
Decorative themes can be put up at any time of the year. Keep a running theme, or change it up every year. Your class will gain the reputation of being the cool room. Here’s a list of themes that will get students talking and can also be used as a catalyst for learning.
- Space: planets, stars, rockets, weather, solar system
- Western: cowboys, lassos, bandannas, cacti, horses, feathers
- Forest: trees, critters, logs, streams, flowers
- Literary: Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Harry Potter, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Island/Pirate: pirates, parrots, treasure, coconuts, palm trees, ships
- Jungle: vines, monkeys, bananas, trees, tigers, lions, elephants
- Travel: globes, maps, planes, passports, themed areas from different countries
- Ocean/Nautical: anchors, stripes, fish, mermaids, sand, starfish, beach, seahorses, sand dollars, crabs, sailboats
Customizing the room with a personal touch make class experiences more fun. Plus, dressing up the classroom with themes and seasonal imagery provides a creative learning environment. Students will love getting into the spirit of the theme or holiday festivities. Design your own or have the students participate for a unique and personalized classroom.