September Days…of the Week: Bulletin Board Activity

Materials:

Bulletin board

Background paper and border (I used construction paper and craft scissors to create the scalloped edges on my border)

Construction paper (brown, green, red, and additional colors)

Scissors ( I used craft scissors to create the scalloped edges on my border, as well as regular scissors for cutting)

Marker

Stapler

Ruler

Objectives: 

Colors, seasonal concepts, understanding of time/days of the week

Age:  I’m doing this with my 22 month old; however this activity is likely more appropriate for the preschool-kindergarten age child

Instructions:  (Please note that the actual craft idea is meant for completion by an adult or an older child.)

Choose a background color from the construction paper (not red, green or brown) and cover the entire board (if you’ve a small board…if you have a large board for classroom use, you can use whatever background cover you have already selected) by affixing the papers with staples.  Using a ruler and marker to evenly measure the width of the borders, take the craft scissors and cut sufficient strips to surround the edge of the bulletin board.  I selected a yellow background with an orange border for an autumnal effect.  When positioning the borders, you will likely overlap at the corners, and depending on the size of your board, along the shorter edges.  Use staples to affix. (Please note that staples pose a choking hazard to small children and use caution accordingly).

Cut a piece of brown construction paper on the short side, trimming about ¼ of the paper away on the top.  Round the bottom edges of the remaining ¾ page to create a barrel look on the bottom.  Line up a second piece of brown paper on the back of the “barrel” shape and trim the bottom edge to match the barrel; leave the top portion of the second paper higher than the “barrel” shaped paper.  You will stack the barrel in front of the second brown paper when affixing to the board to create a pocket for your apples.  I used a glue stick to fuse the paper together prior to stapling the barrel pocket to the board.  Using the marker, I drew vertical curved lines to create the look of a barrel, and also created a “rim” shape at the top of the barrel where I wrote:  “An apple a day…September Days.”  If you are really finicky and prefer a clean look to a handmade look, you can type the text on your computer, print and cut and paste onto your barrel.

Using craft scissors, cut out a green pocket from green construction paper (an alternate idea is to cut out a green tree top and also a brown trunk; you can affix the green tree top to the board, leaving the top unattached to create a pocket).  I did not have a sufficiently sized board to create the tree.  Affix the green pocket to the board with staples, leaving the top open to create the pocket.

Draw and cut out 7 (or additional apples, if you want to use them for further decoration on your board).  If you can’t draw an apple, Google an image, print and trace.  Using the marker, on each apple, print a day of the week.  I drew two smaller apples to represent Saturday and Sunday as I want to help my daughter start to countdown the days until Daddy is home for the weekend! Place these apples in the green tree pocket.  I wrote “Pick an Apple” on the green pocket and decorated it with a fall leave stamp I happened to have.

I also created a header:  “September,” as well as an apple that says “Fall” to provide more seasonal information to my little one.

Activity:

Each day, as part of your daily routine, have your child select the appropriate day apple (I stack them in order, but for older kids, you can have them try to read the words to pick) from the “tree” and place it in the “barrel”.  This way, they countdown the day of the week!  Also, they learn about apple picking as a fall harvest practice.  Talk about the season: Fall or Autumn and things that happen in Autumn:  harvest, apple picking, back to school for big kids.  Name the month and start to talk in simple terms about how a month is 28-31 days and we have 12 months in a year.  For older kids, you can provide a more detailed explanation.  My daughter V, loves to pick her daily apple and even has been caught in climbing attempts to reach the bulletin board (we have ours hung higher on the wall to prevent her from reaching staples as she is still very small).  So consider your child and potential safety hazards when hanging your board!  Stay tuned for monthly update ideas for your seasonal bulletin board!

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2 responses to “September Days…of the Week: Bulletin Board Activity

  • Jeanette

    I love the corkboard…..do you remember ours? I still change my cork board montly, or at least seasonally, pretty much stays the same for summer.
    Another thought on the same idea for older kids, especially if you have more than one to keep schedules for is what we used to do. use a different colored apple or a different object, maybe add a leaf or at Halloween ghosts and pumpkins….for each child pick one color or shape and on Sundays write up the weeks activities on their shape. as the activity occurs take them down and by the end of the week you have an empty board to start Sunday all over again. I found it helpful to glance at the board to see if there were mostly red or green apples to see who I happened to be running with each week. I used it more as a calendar or scheduling tool then an educational one, but any way you look at it, it was another seasonal decoration….geee, I need to run upstairs and get some orange paper for my board!!!!!!

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