Let’s make our own bulletin board in preschool

This class participated in making their own pond to display on the class bulletin!

The teacher rolled out a large sheet of bulletin board paper and set out some blue finger paint…

And the children used their fingers to spread the paint all around…

After the entire piece of paper was a pretty blue, the teacher sprinkled in a little glitter…

Some of the children enjoyed this little extra touch of glitter sensory and decide to explore the paint some more…

Now that the pond was all finished, we very carefully took it outside and hung it up to dry on the fence for few hours….

Once the paper was trimmed up, the teacher attached it to the bulletin board in the classroom.  The teacher then added the children’s fish they had already made to make a fun little fish pond!

What I liked…

I loved that the children participated in creating the artwork that went on the bulletin board. This is a great example of creating an environment that really is child-centered and child-made!

By |2010-08-25T06:00:02+00:00August 25th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Scott August 25, 2010 at 11:08 am - Reply

    What a great way to help the kids continue to contribute to the overall environment of the classroom. Great idea!

  2. Shar August 25, 2010 at 11:17 am - Reply

    I love it. Just looking at the photos makes me want to ‘dive’ in and do it 🙂

  3. maryanne August 25, 2010 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    What a great idea – and I love the finished product!

  4. polwig August 25, 2010 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    Cute idea. I am sure the kiddos loved getting messy.

  5. Pam August 25, 2010 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    I love this idea…looks like so much fun…especially with the added sparkle and texture of the glitter! 🙂

  6. Bev August 26, 2010 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    I love this! I have thought about doing something similar during our pond themes, and just never have. Definitely will next time!

  7. Katherine Marie August 28, 2010 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful experience to create AND enjoy!

  8. Malika October 23, 2010 at 8:01 am - Reply

    I lve it, great on hand experience with colours,

  9. Elizabeth Peterson October 26, 2010 at 11:09 am - Reply

    I especially love the pictures here. Looks like you had an enjoyable experience. Getting your hands right into it will always be a winner in my book. Love the idea of making your communal art the backdrop of the bulletin board.

  10. Randi Eccleston November 11, 2010 at 10:13 am - Reply

    I love this idea. I have taught in Montessori schools where there were no bulletin boards. I then taught in a traditional preschool where there were bulletin boards. I didn’t like them because they were teacher directed but this is a great way to change that.

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 11, 2010 at 9:06 pm - Reply

      Our teachers do a great job at trying to find that happy middle ground:)

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