5 Ways to Decorate Your Classroom for the Winter
Need to add a little wintry pizazz to your classroom decor? Not only can add it brighten the classroom, but it can give students a fresh start when they return from the winter holidays. Check out the five fun ways below that you can give your classroom a really good winter makeover.
Snowflakes are the ultimate wintry decor. Hang them from the ceiling, use them in a bulletin board, and for lesson manipulatives. Create a winter snowflake escape with snowflakes made from paper or cardboard. If you plan on repeating the snowflake decor next year, you may want to purchase heavier snowflakes from the party store and laminate them with clear contact paper. Not only will they last longer, but it will keep them from getting dirty or warping while in storage.
The holidays may be gone, but the lovable image of snowman is never out of season. Create a large snowman to hang by the door to welcome students as they enter the classroom. A wintry mix of green evergreen trees and snowmen cutouts can hang from the ceiling to offer snowy decor. Cover bulletin boards with snowmen related math and language activities, and bring snowman themes into learning center projects.
While snowflakes and snowmen are the typical winter decorations for the classroom, branch out and create a winter sports theme. Ice skating, skiing, and any other winter sport is fair game for this wintry theme. If you have your students in groups of desks or tables, change their normal group name to something that fits the theme and have them create a coat of arms. The “Hockey Players” could have hockey sticks and pucks on their crest, while the “Figure Skaters” could depict a pair of ice skates on theirs. Hang the banners or flags above each groups’ work area and use them as part of the room’s decorations.
Warm up your classroom decor with a little love. Colorful hearts are perfect for leading into Valentine’s Day and they can be used for just about any project. Heart theme bulletin boards, hanging hearts and heart arts and crafts projects are all decorating possibilities. Instead of using a red, pink and white theme, step away from the norm and try using hearts of many different colors instead. This will create a bold and fun decor that your students will enjoy.
Forget the snowy landscape and take a mid-winter vacation to a tropical beach. Your students will love the beach decor in the middle of winter. Palm trees on the walls, beach balls hanging from the ceiling, and a beach umbrella in the class library are all great ways to accent your tropical theme. Use the theme to inspire creative writing and other lessons.
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