December Bulletin Board Ideas

Various December bulletin board ideas can be used to decorate the bulletin board, be it elementary school or even secondary school, during December or Christmas time. The most popular way is perhaps using the snowflakes cut-outs or you can even create a nice-looking snowman.

From arts and crafts-based classroom projects to simple postings, December bulletin board ideas don’t have to focus solely on Christmas. The final month of the year has many holidays, seasonal changes and notable historical achievements to celebrate. Often bulletin boards in classrooms or areas with public access, such as grocery stores, are decorated for the month of December.

Cover a December bulletin board with paper snowflakes. In a school setting, place one close-up smiling photograph of each child in the center of each individual snowflake. Use lettering to write, “Each child is special and unique like the snowflakes we enjoy in December.” A bulletin board in a retail store lobby can also be covered in paper snowflakes. In the center of each snowflake, write a special offer or cut and paste pieces of a December advertising insert.

Place one item on each snowflake so shoppers can browse the sales before shopping. Celebrate the first day of winter, December 21, by creating a bulletin board that reflects winter weather. Add snowmen, snowflakes and icicle borders around an everyday bulletin board in a business environment. In a school setting, have children write and post poems about the first day of winter on a bulletin board. Topics can include going sledding, making a snowman or drinking hot chocolate on a cold day with their friends.

With the multitude of holidays celebrated in December, remind children about the joys of gift giving. Ask each child to draw a picture of a gift they would like to give during the month of December. Post each drawing on a bulletin board that has been decorated with background paper and ribbons so it resembles a large wrapped gift package.

Winter-literature bulletin boards contain print-rich elements, such as book titles, poems and vocabulary words. Book-jacket replicas created by children for such books as “The Polar Express,” “The Snowy Day” and “It is winter time” should feature both images and text. Winter poems, such as “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost, are incorporated on the board to provide students with models for creating his own poetry. Original, child-authored winter poetry in the form of haiku, acrostics, free verse and ballads hang on the board as well.

Another great way is to create a winter wonderland on your bulletin board, cover it with a blue paper background and brown paper cut to look like a mountain. Cover the mountain with cotton batting to emulate snow. Have the students draw or decorate penguin cut-outs and attach craft sticks to their feet to give the appearance of skis. Place the penguins on the mountain as if they were skiing down the slope.

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