How to Design a Poster With Elementary Kids

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How to Design a Poster With Elementary Kids
Give kids lots of art supplies when designing the poster. (creative tools image by Albert Lozano from

Creating a poster with elementary school kids is a great project for creative teamwork. All the children should feel like they have some jobs that they're responsible for and that they're able to voice their opinions. Make sure that you foster the creative process as much as possible by providing kids with lots of materials and supplies, so they can unleash their artistic and innovative ideas. Remind students that when it comes to designing a poster, less is more.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Pictures
  • Poster board
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Wallpaper
  • Wrapping paper
  • Blank paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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  1. 1

    Compile approximately five images that could act as the main picture for your poster. Ask the class to vote on one image to be the focal point of the poster.

  2. 2

    Divide students into groups. Assign each group a different job for making the poster. Have one group think of the main heading. Have another group pick out the background colour or patterns for the poster. Have another group think of possible subheadings. Have another group think of possible subheadings and pictures.

  3. 3

    Walk around the room checking on each group as they work. Be ready to provide assistance, offer feedback or answer questions.

  4. 4

    Have each group present its ideas to the class.

  5. 5

    Give each group the tools necessary to create the aspect of the poster that they're responsible for. For example, give the group responsible for the main heading access to a computer and printer, so group members can create it and give the group responsible for the background big sheets of blank paper and markers, wrapping paper or wallpaper and scissors.

  6. 6

    Allow each group to access the blank poster board so that they can add the element that they worked on. Start with the group that created the background. Give kids scissors and glue so that they can trim their headings and pictures and adhere them to the main poster board.

Tips and warnings

  • Praise students as they're working.
  • Before the project begins, consider discussing with kids what make a good poster and what makes a bad poster.

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