November Days…of the Week: Bulletin Board Activity
Background paper and border (I used construction paper and craft scissors to create the scalloped edges on my border)
Construction paper (brown, green, red, orange, yellow, and additional colors)
Colors, seasonal concepts, understanding of time/days of the week
Age: I’m doing this with my 2 year 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 two identical turkeys out of brown construction paper. I used a shape template that I found at Michael’s craft store (I will be using these in another craft project this month!) to trace the shape of the turkeys. Glue the turkey shapes together, leaving a large enough pocket to insert feathers without them falling out. Cut out 7 feathers from red, yellow, orange construction paper. Draw and cut out a corn on the cob shape from yellow and green paper. Using the glue stick, affix the “corn” portion to the green stalks. Using a marker, draw kernels on the corn and write the names of the days of the week on the feathers, one day per feather. I also created a header: “November.” Using the stapler, affix the turkey to the bulletin board, being careful to staple around the area where the feathers will be inserted (I stapled just below the feather pocket area to keep the turkey affixed). When you staple the corn on the cob onto the bulletin board, leave the top area open so that it creates a pocket.
Each day, as part of your daily routine, have your child select the appropriate day feather (I stack them in order, but for older kids, you can have them try to read the words to pick) from the corn stalk and place it in the turkey. This way, they countdown the day of the week! Talk about the season, Autumn, Thanksgiving dinner, and symbols of the season. 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 feather 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!
Below is a picture of October’s bulletin board. I created a pocket out of the leaves of the large pumpkin. Pumpkins served as the days of the week and I made a separate ghostly pocket to contain the pumpkins.