Thanksgiving bulletin board ideas can be very creative and interesting to bring fun and meanwhile remind us to be grateful in our everyday lives. Some great ideas include the turkey themed bulletin board as well as the tree of thanks.
The fall season and the Thanksgiving holiday season both occur near the beginning of each school year. Your first bulletin board of the year often reflects one or both of these themes. Combining the season and holiday with the classroom events can make for a creative addition to your classroom.
For a traditional Thanksgiving bulletin board with a twist, consider making thankful turkeys. Use the old stand-by turkey cut out pattern with attachable feathers in different colours. Let the students write one thing they are thankful for on each of their turkey’s feathers. Let the students hang the turkeys and share with the class. Alternatively, you may let the students create a thankful cornucopia. Let each one cut out several fruit or vegetables and write their wishes or what they are thankful for on each. Your cornucopia opening will need to be large to fit all the fruit and vegetables, so plan accordingly.
Thanksgiving brings lessons about the Pilgrims and their first year in the New World. Let your students research the way of life the Pilgrims lived. Let them then discuss items the early settlers lived without that they enjoy daily. These items might include heat and air conditioning, stoves, microwaves, manufactured housing, washing machines or even cars. Limit the items to what the students find to be necessities. Let the students find pictures or draw pictures of these items and display them on a board entitled “Then and now.”
You may make a large turkey out of two brown circles, and paste on the bulletin board. Add “feathers” to the back of the turkey by cutting them out of coloured paper. Before pasting them to the turkey, pass them out to children and ask them to write what they are thankful for. Better yet, provide a basket of feathers and markers on a table near the board. As children pass by, they can stop and write down their thanks. Then, they can pin them to the board with a push pin.
It may be incorrect to portray Pilgrims and Native Americans as best buddies, but a bulletin board that demonstrates how the natives helped the Pilgrims on the first Thanksgiving provides a truthful and age-appropriate theme. Light blue paper covers the upper half of the bulletin board, and white paper covers the lower half for a snowy outdoor theme. A cardboard cut-out of a cartoon Native American holding out a basket of corn to a cartoon Pilgrim decorates the middle of the board.
Remind students about things for which they are grateful by creating a Thanksgiving bulletin board with a “Tree of Thanks” theme. Light blue paper covers the upper half of the board, and green paper covers the lower half for an outdoor look. A leafless, tall, brown paper tree decorates the middle of the board. Children cut leaves from coloured paper and write something they are grateful for. The leaves cover the bare tree branches to provide an autumn style.