100 Bulletin Board Ideas
Bulletin boards can be a great way to creatively communicate an idea in a classroom or school. But if you’re tired of the same old ideas, here are 100 unique bulletin board ideas that are sure to get the creative juices flowing!
- What STUCK with you this summer? - Students use sticky notes to write a favorite summer memory; a sun in the corner and flip-flops compliment the theme.
- A Brand New Batch of Students - Add a large cookie jar labeled with "(teacher's name)’s Smart Cookies"; and have students names on cookies spilling out of jar.
- ____ Grade Will A-Maze - Can use a packman maze or a mythical labyrinth and write students names inside the maze, or even have students solve the maze at your orientation!
- Get Ready for a Colorful Year - Large Crayon Box says "Our New Pack" surrounded by crayons with students’ names on them.
- Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Whose in ___ Grade this Fall? - Use hand-mirror cut outs with either self-portraits from the first day of school or student pictures in the middle of them.
- Up and Away in ____ Grade - Copy or create the house from the movie Up and attach balloons with student's names to it. Add a 3-D touch with some puffy clouds.
- Welcome to Class: You Fit Right In - Display a large simple puzzle and extra pieces scattered with student names written on the pieces.
- Catch the Wave to ____ Grade - Blue waves with colorful floating surfboards including student's names. Have students decorate their surfboard on the first day for a personal touch!
- This Year is Going to Rule - A larger-than-life ruler with numerical information about the year. Ideas include: One Teacher Named ___, Two Field trips, Three Holiday parties, Four Subjects to Study, etc.
- Saddle Up for ___ Grade, Welcome to (teacher's name)’s Ranch - Add horse die-cuts with student's names, and a mountain range in the back!
- Dear Students - Teacher writes a large letter with encouraging phrases for the year ahead like "I believe in you" or "You will be listened to here" and signs it at the end.
- Let's Kick Off a Great Year - Put up large cutouts of soccer goals or football goal posts with names written on the laces of a large scale ball/cleat.
- Check out the Line-up in _____'s (teacher's name) Class - Real clothesline and clothespins with colorful paper shirts hung with student pictures/names on the front.
- Wel-Cup Back - Attach coffee shop cups cut in half with drawn steam coming out to the board, and have student names written on the cup.
- Look Who's POPPING into ___ Grade - A large-scale red and white popcorn box with fake kernels including student's names.
- Back To School, Ready to Grow - You can use any number of plants growing with student pictures in them: flowers, corn, a tomato patch.
For the Library
- POP into the Library - Use the red and white popcorn boxes for a 3-D effect and have some of the popcorn kernels list new titles.
- Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover - Folded paper with the first lines of different books printed on them. They can be opened to reveal the book title!
- Reading Makes Your Mind Bloom - Decorate your board with an oversized watering can whose droplets are pouring on flowers, and have titles printed in the center of the flowers.
- We're Hooked On Reading - Large (fake) fishing hooks can be hung with string from the top of the board, and book covers then hang from the hooks.
- Dog-gone Good Books! - A sun and grassy yard scattered with the covers of books about dogs, or for the more artistic, a cutout of large dog with a book in its mouth.
- Good Reads Under the Sea - Make a seascape decorated with pictures of interesting books about the ocean (fiction and nonfiction).
- LEAF through a Good Book This Fall - Use leaf cutouts to create a pile of leaves under a tree, then write recommended book titles for certain grade levels on a few.
- “Read”box: Free Book Rental - Cover a bookshelf in red paper like the popular DVD rental service Redbox and inform students books rentals are $0 per night.
- These Reads Will Take You For A Ride - There are many variations on this theme, depending on whether you draw a rollercoaster, racecars with a track, or a plane. Whatever you choose, write in books on the various vehicles!
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- SPRING into Reading - The sun, some grass, and a few new titles scattered on a fake picnic blanket make a perfect seasonal bulletin board!
- iRead - The background can look have a familiar computer or phone wallpaper with book covers as the apps; You can even group book covers by genre in a box under the genre name.
- Reading is a Treat - Put up an ice cream truck with different book covers on each stick that are for ‘sale’.
- Get Carried Away With Books - Make a few hot air balloons with colorful book covers as the baskets; make it 3D with cotton-ball clouds.
- These Are Some Real Treasures - Feature a large treasure chest on a beach with book covers spilling out the top, or maybe even a pirate or two!
- Book-opoly - Set up a monopoly board of book covers, using the color sets to differentiate genres like graphic novels, fiction, and non-fiction.
- We Read Too, Can You Guess Who? - Have teachers take a picture with their favorite book, opened to cover their face, and students try to guess the teacher behind the book.
- Snow Book Is Alike - Make a winter wonderland out of cotton balls and white paper and have people write their favorite books on each snowflake.
- Quack Quack Welcome Back - Create a grass-edged pond, with student's names on the ducks, and a larger duck with teacher's name (can add bows on girls, sunglasses on boys).
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Welcome To This Class of Ours - Use pictures taken during the first week with (students’ names underneath) mounted on stars to help the class learn names.
- All Aboard for a Fantastic New School Year - Hang a train with students’ pictures in the window and the teacher in the engine car. Add cotton-ball smoke from the engine for a 3D element!
- (Teacher's name)’s Class is Solid Gold! - Make multi-colored handprints that form a rainbow, which leads to a pot of gold. The coins have student names on them.
- April Showers Bring...MUD! - Students create brown handprints of "mud" (keep it looking messy, that shouldn't be hard!) with their names on them along the bottom of the bulletin board, plus 3-D cotton ball clouds and glittery raindrops.
- Look Who's In The Nest - For this board, craft a large nest (make it 3D with crumpled brown paper) with little birds printed with student names.
- (Teacher's name)’s Little Peeps - A board full of cute yellow chicks; 3-D orange beaks; can also use the shape of the marshmallow candy.
- I CAN Control My... - Feature a large white game remote and on the buttons, write things like mouth, arms, or feet to reinforce the idea of self-control for young children.
- (Teacher's name)’s Class is SWEET - Feature a large candy or gum jar with students names on candy pieces inside; or a large cupcake with small student pictures as sprinkles.
- Hoot Hoot Hooray, Kid's Work to Display - Use colorful owls to surround student work, and have the student’s names written in the owl above his/her work.
- We're Going to Have a BALL in Preschool - Feature a large gum machine made out of a white circle, red lid and triangle base with multi-colored gumballs inside with student names.
- No Two Are Alike - Make snowflakes with students’ pictures in the centers surrounding a happy snowman and snowscape.
- Our Busy Bees are Always Learning - Students’ names are placed on bees around a hive with different subjects on the rings of the hive; student work could also be placed around the hive if desired.
- Look Who's Been Spotted in (teacher's name)’s Class - Cover your bulletin board in many small ladybugs or just one large ladybug with names in silver marker on the spots.
- Flutter into (class name or grade) - Have students make butterflies out of coffee filters or use die-cuts, and hang them with some die-cuts of flowers.
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