We wanted a cute and perfect bulletin board again, especially after taking down those cute owls. I got on Pinterest and searched and found this:
Totally free from First Grade Blue Skies! She has a pattern in the packet for an ornament, so I chose some bright colors and ran them off. Then I headed to Michael's and purchased some scrapbook paper with different patterns and colors and some ribbon. Thank goodness for a teacher discount and coupons! I already had punches for stars, squares, and circles, so I punched out the shapes using those. I let the students choose their ornament colors and shapes from what I'd punched out and then we added glitter to ours. They told me if they wanted a pattern and I added it for them. We titled ours "We're Having a Ball in Kindergarten!" I hot glued everything to the paper. Our board was shaped a bit different than hers, but I still think they came out cute!
Another thing we did to get ready for Christmas is a Christmas countdown chain! I always start these on December 1st, but I suppose you could start them whenever you wanted to. I have several options, but I like to do Santa. I printed him out in color, so students just had to cut him out. We added some cotton for fun. Next students need 12 green links and 12 red links. I used to have a method to what size these needed to be, but construction paper is crazy expensive and I started using bulletin board paper so it really doesn't matter to me now. About an inch thick and maybe 3-4 inches long. Students alternate colors and I teach mine to put a little glue and then pinch and count to 10. This is SO MUCH FUN for them! I do this before Thanksgiving and send it home with a note letting the parents know to hang it somewhere safe until December 1st.
Super cute, right?
There are other options as well - bells, stars, elves, and more!
Do you do a countdown to Christmas?