Kids’ art is the main focus of these Thanksgiving bulletin board ideas. Your students will love helping you create a holiday display for the classroom!
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A big expanse of cork board. Just staring at you. And your creativity feels just out of reach.
Sometimes coming up with bulletin board ideas feels like that, right?
Well, let me ease your bulletin board induced worries. Because it doesn’t have to be that hard, I promise!
Thanksgiving Bulletin Board Ideas
As I mentioned above, creating your Thanksgiving display doesn’t need to be difficult.
It should be fun . . . both for you and your students!
Kid-Created Bulletin Boards
You should definitely get the kids involved in the board creation process.
In fact, why not base the turkey day bulletin board around your students’ artwork?! You can even spice it up by including modeled writing projects or interactive writing bulletin board labels.
I’m a big believer in displaying the children’s work all around the classroom. This includes special art projects, everyday drawings, writing, collaborative projects, etc.
Their work should be the bulk of classroom decorations. Adult-created bulletin boards just aren’t as engaging or meaningful for the children.
Now, I don’t mean that you shouldn’t be the one to arrange and staple up the artwork. I only mean that the kids’ work should comprise the main part of the bulletin board.
In the end, you’ll have a fully completed bulletin board AND the kids will be able to see their work proudly displayed. That’s a win-win in my book.
Thanksgiving Bulletin Boards for Preschool
Now that you know why I’m all about children’s work on display, let’s jump into the Thanksgiving bulletin boards ideas.
Pick your favorite one and get creating!
Put together a Thanksgiving bulletin board with crayon and watercolor art about what the kids are thankful for.
Pair the kids’ turkey tracks art with stories about where they’d hide if they were turkeys. Take a look at the turkey tracks in action:
Create a colorful harvest-themed bulletin board by having each of the students make a corn mosaic.
Corn painting can be turned into cobs for a corn-themed Thanksgiving display.
This scented pumpkin process art can be cut into pie shapes for a pumpkin pie bulletin board.
Make a hand print and footprint turkey with each of the children and then add them to the board.
A sticky paper turkey display would make a super fun interactive bulletin board for the kids.
Have each child create their own colorful feathers. Then the kids can work together to create one large turkey body on a bulletin board, adding each of the feathers to the turkey.
This amazing cardboard turkey craft is a must on a list of Thanksgiving bulletin board ideas!
Let the children delve into painting leaves. Once the leaves are dried, work with them to write something they’re thankful for. You can create your own “thankful tree” as a display.
Now the only question is where to start!
Thanksgiving Bulletin Board Sayings
I have to admit, when it comes to naming things I am just not that creative. This definitely holds true for labeling bulletin boards.
So I often like to have a list of possible bulletin board sayings thought out ahead of time. Here are some possibilities to include with your Thanksgiving bulletin board ideas:
- Our Class is as Sweet as Pie
- Run, Turkey, Run
- Let’s Talk Turkey
- Thankful for Our Little Turkeys
- Gobble, Gobble, Gobble
- We are Thankful
- Birds of a Feather
- Bushels of Thanks
- Don’t Be a Turkey
- Cornucopia of Thanks
Of course, you don’t really need a special label on your bulletin board. It’s okay to keep it super simple.
In fact, it might be fun to just ask the kids what to call their art display. Sometimes they have the best answers!
Which of these Thanksgiving bulletin board ideas, and bulletin board sayings, are your favorite?
Bulletin Board Materials
Sometimes, I like creating bulletin boards on my own that the kids will “ooh” and “ahh” over. Other times, I think student art makes the perfect finishing touch to the display. Either way, I love getting creative with our classroom bulletin boards.
Here are some materials that will keep the logistics of putting bulletin boards together simple so that your creativity can flow (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
- Bulletin board paper
- Scalloped bulletin board borders
- Staple gun
- Rubber tack bulletin board
- Bulletin board cutouts
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