Monday, November 29, 2010

Space Saving Classroom Holiday Trees

You might be a first year teacher who inherited a classroom with no tabletop tree to be found anywhere in the building...

Or you might not have money in your budget to spend on outfitting your classroom with a holiday tree that will only be up for two or two-and-a-half weeks before your students are on winter break...

*OR* you might not have the time, money or s-p-a-c-e in your classroom to accommodate a class tree for December...

Try this instead: find big rolls of bulletin board paper (or use large paper bags, cut open, that students can paint green or white); cut three big trees (fold the paper in half and cut a tree shape out of each large piece of paper, "valentine heart" style); and staple the trees to your bulletin board:

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I've unpacked the ornaments I've received from past students, but your kiddos can certainly make their own to add to the trees:

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Using clear tacks (or staples, t-pins, etc), "hang" the ornaments from your trees:

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Students love to create and hang their own ornaments as they work their way through the creative construction center each day!  Smaller trees can be cut from large pieces of construction paper that students can decorate for themselves or others as gifts.

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Try it!

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~ My Craft Evolution shares a cute reuse-recycle Christmas tree craft idea...

~ Want to see how I used several different colors to make winter trees last year?  Click here to see my January classroom decor...


3 comments:

  1. What perfect timing for this post about your bulletin board! I was just perusing online for ideas since my bulletin board for preschool is due this Friday! My four year olds will LOVE this!

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  2. This is a great idea! Im a homeschooling mom and we will surely use this on our wall!! THANKS!

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  3. I also am a homeschooling mom and love your ideas even if they have to be done on a much smaller scale. Thanks for the gret ideas!

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