Welcome spring by sprucing up your classroom, then adding some bright springtime decorations. If your school takes a week off for spring break, use one day to rearrange the classroom and take down things that have gathered dust on the wall through the winter. Once your room is decluttered, decide on a spring theme and transform your room for the season.
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Flowers and Showers
Trace students' handprints onto pastel-coloured construction paper. Cut out the handprints and wrap them around the tops of green drinking straws. Staple the wrapped hand-prints to the straws. Cut green construction-paper leaves and staple them to the sides of the "flowers." Attach these these to the bulletin board and add words like "Give Spring a Hand." Place potted flowers in classroom windowsills or hang baskets of flowers near the windows. Buy cloud-shaped picture cards at the teacher-supply store to hang from clips suspended from the ceiling on fishing line. Attach silver tinsel to the bottom of two or three of the cloud shapes to represent spring showers. Place a bouquet of tissue-paper flowers on each child's desk: Pinch a square of tissue paper in the centre and wrap the end of a pipe cleaner around it to form a stem. Fan the tissue paper and scrunch it to resemble a flower. Make a giant rainbow on a classroom wall . Tape red sheets of construction paper to form an arch, then tape an orange paper arch beneath it. Add an arch for each colour of the rainbow.
Bugs and Butterflies
Attach a real butterfly net with tape and staples to the upper right corner of your classroom bulletin board. Find lightweight nets at dollar stores. Class members can make butterflies from tissue paper clipped in the middle of a spring-type clothespin. Hang the butterflies on the board under the net and add the words, "Catch Spring Learning Fever." Make a caterpillar that stretches all the way around the room: Draw a face on a construction paper circle for the head of your caterpillar. Add circles behind the head, making the caterpillar's body go over and under existing things on the wall. Hang bug and butterfly picture-card shapes from the ceiling.
Baby Plants and Animals
Plant a variety of vegetable and flower seeds in clear plastic disposable drink cups and set them near a sunny window. Create a paper pond area: Clear out a corner of your classroom and cut a 35-inch diameter circle from blue bulletin-board paper and tape it to the floor. Tape Easter-basket grass to the edges. Set stuffed ducks, snakes and frogs in and around the pond. Place chairs or a real log near the pond for resting , reading and pretend pond interaction. Hang bird, nest and egg picture cards from the ceiling.
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