Since I teach middle school I rarely get to do the cutesy seasonal bulletin boards with every student’s name on them, but sometimes I wish I could! My mom, on the other hand, teaches kindergarten, but she gets overwhelmed by switching up her bulletin boards for every season and holiday. So I thought I would do some of the detailed work for her and give her the gift of a bulletin board in a box!
I purchased this cute bulletin board set from Ms. Thornton’s Thinkers on TeachersPayTeachers.com and printed the letters and flower shapes out on card stock from Michaels. My favorite color schemes for my classroom are Sugar Candy and Soda Pop, which is what I used for the flowers as well.
It did take a couple of hours to cut out all of the petals and stems, but I like to put on my headphones and listen to the In The Heights soundtrack while I work, so before I knew it I was done (and ugly crying when Abuela Claudia died and cheering for Nina and Usnavi to get together in the end). I arranged each flower set with a paper clip so that my mom can give a set to each student.
Since the theme is “Look How We Have Bloomed,” I was thinking that each kid could write words they learned to spell on each petal, or maybe a math problem they know how to solve. I am so far removed from the Kindergarten world that I’m not sure exactly what they will write on the petals, but I can’t wait to see pictures of how they turn out!
I also found this clear plastic box at Michaels, and all of the pieces of the bulletin board fit inside perfectly! Now after she takes it down at the end of the year, my mom can store the letters in the box and she’ll be able to quickly find it again for next spring. I also gave her the blackline copies of the petals and flowers so that she can re-do them for her class next year.
I taped the title page from the Tpt product to the inside of the box as a label and I think it looks so cute! If you’re looking for a fun bulletin board that you can use every year, this one is adorable. And also, if you’re trying to think of a Teacher Appreciation gift for a teacher who doesn’t love the process of creating bulletin boards, consider making her or him a bulletin board in a box! It was fun for me to do, and it saved my mom a lot of time and energy that she definitely needs for those little ones!
To see the whole process in action, check out my YouTube video!