You have picked a theme. Now it’s time to think about how this theme can manifest itself in your classroom.
I will be providing color palettes, and/or suggestions for free items, to gather for decoration that apply to many of the themes mentioned in my original post.
- Animal (pick one animal, animals from your region, etc.)
- Amusement Park
- Ask families and co-workers to donate stuffed animals to display or use in the classroom (think carnival section of an amusement park)
- Black & White
- Comic books/Superheroes
- Go to the library and see if there are any leftover comic books to rip apart for accents on boards
- Go to the local comic book store and see if they have free comics (mine did!) or old advertisements for classroom decor
- Ask people to donate old cookbooks, or get some from the library, and have those pictures be your accents
- Turn some cookbooks into a creative play center or a writing center
- Harry Potter
- Must be house colors: blue (Ravenclaw), yellow (Hufflepuff), green (Slytherin), scarlet (Gryffindor)
- I would ask around to see what items people have in their closets, there are plenty of Potterheads that bought a bit too much
- Contact a local museum and see if they have posters or brochures you can line your boards with
- Social Media
- Color palette of your college/university
- Color palette to match your favorite team
- Color palette of a local college/university or professional team
- Ask around for old jerseys to staple to the walls
- Go to AAA and take every free map possible
- Ask friends for maps when they travel: city maps, museum maps, national park maps, etc.
Once a theme is picked, the fun begins. However, make sure that fun stays focused (keep to just a few colors) and make sure to spend carefully. A classroom can be beautiful without breaking the bank.
This added follow-up, as well as a few others, is meant to provide guidance and support so that all classrooms can be creative vibrant spaces for learning. Stay tuned for more!