1-2-3 Come Make A Back To School Bulletin Board With Me!
I like using cute little fish to make a Welcome To Our School bulletin board, as the word "school" has that double meaning. I designed a back to school fish packet incorporating interesting "fish talk" that I think you'll enjoy, starting with this bulletin board idea:
Here's what to do: Run off the fish printable on a variety of colors of construction paper. You can pre-cut these and write your students’ names on them and have your b. board all done, so children can look for their name, as part of a classroom treasure hunt; or you can allow students to pick their fish, trim it and write their name on it. It would probably be fun for them to also choose a spot to place it on the bulletin board.
Use blue paper for the background. If you want to add a bit of dimension, lay blue plastic wrap over the top. You can buy a pack of small seashells at The Dollar store or Hobby Lobby. Hot glue a few, so they look scattered, on strips of sandpaper, then staple the “sand” to the bottom of your board.
Twist green crepe paper into “seaweed” and staple to the bottom. Sprinkle on the fish, add some aluminum foil- bubbles and you’re set. To make the board even more personal, take a group photo on the first day of school, print and cut faces into ovals and glue on top of their fish fin.
I can't take credit for the adorable play-on-words for "o-fish-ally" as I latched on to that, after viewing quite a few ideas on Pinterest. There's everything from o-fish-ally on summer vacation, o-fish-ally survived 1st, o-fish-ally in school, to an 0-fish-al graduate. I did come up with "fin-tastic" though, and decided to incorporate these sweet sayings with treat ideas, in a back to school fish packet.
So...if you want to carry the bulletin board theme a bit farther, with a little "welcome" surprise, print off the "Wishing you a cool school year" template on a variety of colors of construction paper. Using an Exacto knife, cut slits on the lines and insert a liquid Popsicle. I've also made a matching bookmark, as I tend to be a little "over the top" when it comes to the first day.
If you'd rather not mess with Popsicles, you can use the bookmark as a header for a Snack Baggie filled with Fishy Crackers. I've also made a fish template as well, that you can run off on construction paper.
Click on the link to view/download the Welcome to our School fish packet.
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"Some students drink at the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle." -E.C. McKenzie