Thanksgiving Day is one of the most highly anticipated holidays of the year. There are gatherings and parties to look forward to as well as lots of good food to eat. School kids are especially fond of Thanksgiving because it means legitimately missing a few days of school. Thanksgiving presents a fun opportunity for teachers to decorate their rooms, have class parties and learn about important times in American history. As part of the decorating and celebrating process, teachers will often have a bulletin board of some kind that they will have the opportunity to decorate.
As most people know, the majority of teachers will not have a large amount of money that they will be able to allocate to the decorating of a bulletin board. As a result, there is a need to be creative and frugal when it comes to thanksgiving bulletin board ideas. Teachers are excellent at being able to find simple solutions to complex problems. But just in case you need a few ideas to get your thinking about how you or a teacher that you know might go about decorating a bulletin board for thanksgiving, here are a few simple ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Simple Thanksgiving bulletin board ideas for teachers
Make it a Class Craft
Why not take any opportunity possible to have your students take part in the decorating of your classroom by providing them with a fun art project that can serve dual purposes? One purpose would be to reinforce Thanksgiving traditions and the other would be to use the creativity of your students to help you in decorating your bulletin board. There are so many possible Thanksgiving craft ideas that it is impossible to name them all. However, some of the more popular crafts are to create a turkey from a handprint by using the fingers of the child as the feathers or for older students you can have them create their own pieces of art work that somehow display what each student feels most thankful for.
The Great Outdoors
You can’t get much more budget friendly than to come up with a bulletin board decorating idea based on what you can find for free in nature itself. You can collect fallen autumn leaves and frame out your board with them. You can also use leaves that are hot glued together to create frames for different things that you will have displayed on your bulletin board. Pine cones, and rub drawings of different plants are also fun ways to bring the outdoors in and to really give your classroom the feel of autumn.
Food, Glorious Food
Thanksgiving would not be the same without food. Food is an easy and broad topic to work with when it comes to decorating. You can create an activity for your students by having each one of them spotlight a Thanksgiving food that they like. Have them take a picture of that dish and pin it on the bulletin board with their name underneath it. The students can also draw and display pictures of what their Thanksgiving table will look like this year. Encourage talk of how Thanksgiving is celebrated by those of other cultures.
Thanksgiving is a holiday that is rich in history and that history ought to be taught with even greater emphasis during the Thanksgiving season. Do some research and come up with some lesser known facts about the history of Thanksgiving. You can write out the facts on paper cut-outs of leaves and then use the leaves to frame out your bulletin board. You can also make a game out of your fun facts by mixing some fictional facts in with them and having your class try to guess which are true historical facts and which ones are not.