Christmas is an ideal time to let the your inner decorator shine through. For school teachers, decorating a class notice board can be fun and expressive. Decorating the classroom door visible from the hallway pulls even more students into the festivities. Getting students involved in the planning and decorating process will guarantee loads of creativity. A holiday door decorating contest elevates the fun.
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It is tough to go wrong with one of the most famous symbols of the holiday, the Christmas tree. Cut a Christmas tree out of green construction paper and add students' names on paper ornaments, angels, candy canes or other holiday-themed items. If you have the ability to add lights to your tree, run the cord over or under the door and tape it on to create an electric Christmas tree. Add tinsel or other decorations.
The musical door
Decorate the door in bright, shiny wrapping paper with a compartment for a binder or a manila envelope. Have something written on the door that directs students to look inside the compartment such as "A special holiday message from class 3B." Inside the binder or envelope place a CD or MP3 player with speakers and a message to press "Play". The track or tracks on the music-playing device could be you and your class singing Christmas carols.
Around the country
Place a large hand-drawn paper map of the British Isles on the door into your classroom. Attach a marker. Have each of your students create little figures on the region where they will spend Christmas. Others who pass the door can add their names and holiday destinations to the map. If you have students who will travel internationally, use a map that includes those counties.
Cover the door in aluminium foil as if it is a giant baking tray. Create cut-outs of Christmas cookie-shaped paper. Have students write their names on the "cookies" and place them at various spots on the door. For a little more fun, you can also add other items ready to go into the oven including turkeys and mashed potatoes. Have students add their own ideas for cut-outs to the "baking tray."
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