I just had my students brainstorm what makes them happy during winter. Then, I gave them a cute penguin wearing a Hawaiian (grass) skirt. They had to draw big orange feet to attach to their penguin and on each foot they had to write something that makes them happy during winter. Mine said: Snow Days and Hot Chocolate! I placed them in two hula circles on the bulletin board with the heading Happy Feet. It looks cute. You could make it 3D by having them create grass skirts for their penguins out of raffia instead of coloring them. They could also glue flowers around the neck for a lai. Placing Hawaiin flowers all over the board also makes it look festive.
In the past for January I have done one called "Working in a Winter Wonderland". I got material from a craft store which was dark blue with white snowflakes on it and used that as my background, and hung glittery snowflakes from the dollar store on pushpins so they would stand out from the background. This would stay up all winter and I would change the work that was posted on it.
Using the glittery snowflakes sounds like a great idea. I was tring to think of something different to do with snowflakes. I also saw a BB once that had Warm Winter Writing with a bunch of mittens on it. I am torn between the two ideas.
I'm not very creative/artistic at all when it comes to bulletin boards. Early in December (when we actually had 3 snow days!), I put up a light blue background and a snowman border. The border is a winter theme, not a Christmas theme, so I can keep it up awhile. I had the students cut out large snowflakes and then I took their pictures making silly, crazy faces, printed them, and cut the faces out in a circle pattern. They glued their faces to the center of their snowflake, added glitter, and we put them on the board with "Silly Snow" at the top.
I'll take the snowflakes down when we go back and give them to the students, then will have to think of something else to put up, but at least I have a winter-like background and border that will work for awhile.
I'm thinking I might do the "toast to the new year" BB and I was just wondering where everyone finds the toast (bread) shaped paper...I searched it on the internet and didn't find anything. OR I'm thinking about the football themed one which sounds so cute, do you have a picture of the BB or maybe some more details as to how you set it up. Thanks Happy New Year
I decided to do the Toast to a New Year bulletin board and found a realistic piece of toast. I enlarged it and even tricked my husband into thinking it was a real piece of toast! You can go directly to it by using this link. Have fun! http://www.wpclipart.com/food/breads_and_carbs/
I am doing a 3-D one when I go back. It will be titled "Jump into a New Year". I will cover the back in light blue, make mountains that stick out from both sides and meet in the middle at the bottom, then I use blue celephane to make a lake.
I connect the lake to the V that is made by the two mountains. Then I use penguins and polar bears. If I want them to look like they are jumping I make them stand out from the board. I also have a few swimming under the water. The kids love 3-D bulletin boards.
I found in a Mailbox Magazine (love those) a Year of the....(animal). The kids found their B-day by year, cut out what animal they were, and described themselves. Pretty quick and easy...It may not be the main BB, but it would make a cute side one possibly.
I really like the happy feet idea. We are doing a penguin unit next month, I will have to remember that one.
We are finishing our first book in our basal. I want to do a "Warm up with Reading" or "Stories that Warm our Hearts" My kiddos are going to do a snowman shaped story review on their favorite story. The title and author on the hat, the review typed and added to the belly, 3D details like nose, scarf, buttons. Snowflakes floating around on the board with blue background. This could stay up longer than a month too. If you use the Warm Heart title, you could switch the snowmen to hearts next month, or mittens...
I work for an afterschool program and we just recently changed our board for January. It says (School)'s Slip-sliding into the New Year! We also do 3-d Boards and it has a blue background with a white puffy snow mound on the bottom right and a ice skating rink on the bottom left corner. Each teacher created their own penguin wearing ice skates and they were placed on the skating rink. Then we placed puffy snowlflakes on the top that our students made. It's really cute!