School Holiday Door Decorating for Christmas Ideas

Our school asked us to decorate our door every year for the holidays.  For teachers, the holidays is not the time to usually ask us to do “extra” projects even if we enjoy the task.  It does make the school look festive though. To make it a little fun, the administration usually makes it into a contest so we can win gift cards for holiday shopping.  Here are a few holiday door decoration ideas!

Holiday Door and Display Decorations

Christmas Bulletin Board
by The Homeschool Style – Katie Ring
Let it Snow Door Decoration
by Teacher’s Brain – Cindy Martin 
Christmas Decoration Bulletin Board
by Allie P’s Practical Preschool

 

Snoopy Door Decoration
By Tammy Cleghorn “The kids loved that the lights actually lit up!”
Elfie Picture Holiday Door
by Instagram @misschloe91

If you haven’t seen Joey Udovich’s door designs, you are missing out! She has a ton of them for the whole year in her TpT store.  Here is an adorable holiday door design to Deck the Halls!

Image may contain: indoor, text that says 'DeÇK tHe HaLs WitH KINDNESS, RESPECT, PEACE LOVE & JOY!'

Winter Door Decoration
Don’t Have a Meltdown Keep Your Cool
Bear Cave Winter Door Decoration
by Debora Marines TeachMagically
Winter Door Decoration
Hoot Hoot Hooray Snow is on it’s Way
Simple Door Christmas Decoration
By Lisa Taylor Teaching the Stars

Doing writing with winter toppers is great for window decorations too!

Holiday door decorations can be fun, but what about the windows? These reindeer want ads were my favorite window display activity I did every year for the holidays.  Students learned about classified ads and practiced fine motor skills.

Find MORE Door Decorating Ideas HERE


 

Christmas Gift Ideas For Parents

Nothing says Christmas time like sweet handmade gifts from children. As a teacher, you probably want to help your students create gifts for their families in the classroom, but it can be difficult to find gifts that are useful and truly created by the kids. 

Guided artwork activities can be a perfect way to make heartwarming gifts that are adorable keepsakes. Creating gifts with your students teaches them the value of giving instead of getting. 

Here are some examples of creative gift ideas for parents that your elementary students can make: 

  1. Handmade ornaments for the tree 
  2. Painted flower pots or bowls
  3. Handprint crafts
  4. Pictures of your students with handmade frames
  5. Handmade jewelry 

Ideas abound for creative gifts kids can make, but some items can become clutter for families. The key is to find a gift that is useful and adorable! 

One of my favorite gifts ideas for parents is the Fingerprint Art Calendar. There is also a Virtual Art Calendar Gift available now.

In creating the gift, students will learn math skills such as months, days of the week, and counting. They use their own fingerprints to create art for each calendar page, which families will love because it reminds parents of how small their children are. 

gift ideas for parents

For each month, a sample art activity is provided- or you can come up with your own. When you purchase the calendar activity, lifetime updates are included. So your family gift from your students is planned and ready forever! 

 

gift ideas for parents

Perhaps most importantly, this activity makes a useful gift that will keep a smile on their parents’ face all year long. It would be beautiful on the family fridge, or in a parent’s office. Families will be excited to receive this gift, and students will be excited to give a gift that they made with their own little fingers.

What are your favoriteChristmas  gift ideas for parents? Let me know in the comments!

For more holiday activities, check out my post here!

gift ideas for parents

Christmas Gift Craftivity or Bulletin Board for Kids

Paper Bag Gift Book

Making gifts for parents in the classroom is something I always struggled with as a teacher until I started making gift waffle books. They make a great decoration for the bulletin board and then, you can send them home for student o give to a parent or loved one as a gift for the holidays.

Here are the directions:

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You can even use wrapping paper on the front cover to make it look more like a gift with some fancy paper. Coupon books that promise rooms getting cleaned, massages or some other special action on the part of the student make a nice touch inside the gift bag book.  There are 10 different pull books to choose from for the holidays, birthday or even a blank template for students to create their own.

Bulletin Board Set

Add a cute title the a bulletin board to create a cute display for the holidays.  This helps serve two purposes… a display and a gift to send home! Parents love them and students enjoy creating the craft.  Place decorative bows on top for an extra special touch.

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Find the printables HERE.

Spring Teaching Ideas for Kindergarten and First Grade

Springtime is one of my favorite times of the year to teach! Flowers bloom, everything is new, sun shining, and engaging resources.  I use lots of spring themed lessons including Easter activities. My all time favorite thing to do, is to step away from the curriculum, just a little and teach poetry! Students really learn to love literature when they see how much fun they can have with words!

Spring also means new plants and flowers are in the process of growing.  Students have a blast learning all about plant parts, dissecting the plants, germinating their own seeds and more in this 3 week Plant Unit.

I also use Spring Worksheets with my kindergarten students that are themed in all subject areas!  This creates a connection across the curriculum areas.  The printables also meet most state standards in reading, writing, math, and science.

Of course celebrating springtime would not be the same without some fun spring and Easter activities in the classroom for our students! Students get creative with art supplies making butterfly glasses, bunny headbands, jellybean math, and life cycle books.  Whatever you do with your students, make sure you are having fun right a long with them! Happy SPRING!