Christmas Bulletin Board Ideas

December is such a magical time of the year and it can be a fun opportunity to celebrate Christmas in the classroom.  First and foremost, it is important to know your students and families, celebrating or recognizing all holidays that are important to your families in your class. It is super important to create an inclusive environment for all students.  It is a great learning opportunity to incorporate and recognize all cultures and celebrations that are apart of your students' lives.  In my teaching career there have been some years where all students celebrate Christmas and we go WILD with the Christmas theme.  Other years, I jumped straight to a "winter" theme and touched on all celebrations that were represented by my students.  Part of being a teacher is making your students feel known, safe, and seen.  So when it comes to Christmas, it is our responsibility to make sure no one feels isolated because of the holidays they do or don't recognize.  

This blog post is dedicated to classrooms that celebrate Christmas.  All of these boards have been designed by my bulletin board templates.  Enjoy the bulletin board eye candy below! ;)

First up are Elf Bulletin Boards.  I was never a believer in "elf in the classroom" until one year my staff played this huge joke on me... and each day I entered my classroom in the month of December there was some elf mischief I would walk into.  It was fun, magical, and super playful.  (AND it took the whole month to figure out who was in on it, lol).  There have been about 4 different years I have decided to do "elf in the classroom."  There wasn't any sort of "Santa is going to report your behavior," I just simply moved the elf every day to a new location for the students to find him.  Then the very last day, the elf left them a little treat. 
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My personal favorite have been the Christmas Bulletin Boards and seeing how creative everyone has gotten with the display.  I provided the letters and flip crafts, but everyone else put their spin on how to design the board.  Check them out below!

What I love about these Christmas bulletin boards are that they are versatile so you can use them to decorate your bulletin board OR use them to decorate your door! 

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Pie Craft

What is more perfect than a PIE CRAFT for Thanksgiving?!
I decided to make a apple and pumpkin pie flip craft with a writing sheet under it.  

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The craft itself is super simple.  The students paint or color the top pie piece and can add a "thanksgiving tag" to the center if you want.

Under the pie craft the students respond to a Thanksgving writing prompt.  They glue the craft to the top of their writing so they can flip up the pie and see their respond under it.

I decided to pair this pie craft with my FAVORITE paint by Kwik Stix.  These paints are bold, vibrant, and bright.  They are kind of like a "glue stick" but in paint form.  They are basically mess-free and perfect to leave at a station or for independent work.  I highly recommend Kwik Stix!

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Letter Mats to Build the Letters

I am constantly looking for ways to use mini erasers and manipulatives in my classroom.  Learning to form the letters can be tedious when just using a pencil and paper.  A engaging way to memorize how to make a letter is by BUILDING IT with Letter Mats.  

This pack of printable is designed to help you teach the letters A-Z.  Use these letter mats to create your own STEM or STEAM center in which the students can build each letter using manipulative you already have in your classroom.

There are circles inside each letter to guide the students where to place the manipulatives to create each letter.  These are also great if you are using paint dabbers so the students can aim for each circle with their paint marker.

Have the students place pom poms in each circle to create each letter.  Try using pinchers to squeeze each pom pom to place in the circles.  This strengthens fine motor skills by using muscles to pinch the pom poms and placing them accurately in the circle.

These mats work perfectly for the millions of dollar spot erasers that you have.  You can keep the mats in your center rotation but switch out your seasonal erasers to make building letters fun all year long!

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