Inside: When you use items that the children have made to decorate a classroom, you are adding more personality to your environment.
Have you noticed that when you display your children’s artwork and projects, they beam?
They are so proud of what they worked on, and love pointing it out to anyone.
“I made that!”
It also makes our classroom feel more homey. It’s their classroom, so it only makes sense that their work is what is hanging in the windows and on the walls. Even on the shelves!
I’ll take child-made classroom decor over commercial decor any day.
And, since teachers are always on a budget, we are saving money not buying all those posters and decorations!
I thought I’d share some of the ways we have used the children’s work to adorn our toddler and preschool classroom.
Easy Ways to Decorate a Classroom with the Children’s Work
CLICK HERE to see our classroom set up for back to school!
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Rather than have teacher-made bulletin boards on our wall, I much prefer attaching child-made art. If you cannot use staplers or thumbtacks, try attaching a rope that is attached using command hooks, as we have done in many of the photo below.
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While learning about penguins, we created marble-painted penguins to add to our classroom wall.
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Here’s another tree that we made for our spin art apples.
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We’ve also combined art from different classes to make one bulletin board, such as this sunflower art.
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Another fun rainbow window activity was filling and hanging baubles. This was part of a color sorting activity we did with our 2 year olds.
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We also made leaf Suncatchers to add some color to the room.
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During the Christmas season we creating a gingerbread banner that hung in our window.
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We like to hang our work in the hallway window, too!
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During the fall we make apple suncatchers that look so colorful!
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During winter, we made snowflakes to hang in our window.
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We also made giant snowflake art to hang with those smaller snowflakes.
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When spring arrived, we put our ladybugs in the window.
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While learning about nocturnal animals, we made bat suncatchers.
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Hanging from the Ceiling
Yep, take advantage of your classroom ceiling, too!
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Here’s another fall wreath that our toddlers made to adorn our classroom.
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For St. Patrick’s Day, we made shamrocks out of heavy paper and hung them on a wire in the window.
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During our spring gardening theme we made simple flower sun catchers using petals and leaves we found on the ground.
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While talking about thankfulness before Thanksgiving, we made a “We are Thankful” banner.
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Part of our Christmas theme was making Christmas cards for our families. We made them early enough so we could first hang them in the window.
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During our Easter theme, we painted wooden eggs using a salad spinner (so fun!) and hung them on a rod in the window.
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