Fun and Engaging Classroom Activities and Bulletin Board Ideas for January (2024)

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The holidays are over, and the kids are ready to be back in the classroom, but they are still excited about the festivities. How do you keep them focused while providing fun activities to excite them? Incorporate crafts and activities that both engage the kids and teach them something. Keep reading to learn some amazing ideas you can use in your classroom this winter, including some bulletin board ideas for January.

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Keeping Kids Excited and Motivated After the Holidays with Visuals

One of our most challenging jobs as teachers is keeping kids on task around the holidays. They get so excited about presents, time away from school, and family visits that their academic focus goes out the window. However, there are ways to keep them engaged while in the classroom. It just takes a little bit of planning!

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Keep them focused using a Winter Powerpoint and Google Slides Template. Use the editable slides to set up literacy and math centers and welcome kids to the classroom. They will love the winter theme and are simple to use all day long. Teachers love using them during morning meetings to lay out the day, during centers to keep kids on task, and to close the day with a nice message.

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I also have a Winter Powerpoint with Timers that makes the center time a breeze!

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If you want fun activities to use during January, try creating fun games for them to play while they work on math and literacy skills. Use these FREE Editable Winter Labels to put point values on cups and use them as baskets for cotton balls. Students can practice sight words, vocabulary words, math facts, and more and then toss a cotton ball in the cups to score points. It’s a fun way to practice all sorts of skills in the classroom.

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Invite Kids to Get Crafty and Practice Fine Motor Skills

One of the best ways to keep kids engaged around the holidays is to add crafts to your lesson plans. I don’t mean arts and crafts with glue and glitter everywhere. I mean crafts with a purpose!

Use a bulletin board display to add decor to your room and to add to your classroom community. A craft where students are involved in the creation process allows them to see how much they mean to the classroom environment. This Winter Bulletin Board Kit lets every child make a sweater and attach their smiling face to it. They will love seeing their creations up on the bulletin board in January.

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Kids also love a writing craft where they can express themselves. Use these Winter Crafts and Writing Templates to create a mug, mitten, penguin, and snowman. Kids can write about whatever they like, or you can provide them with winter writing prompts to match each design. Each craft comes with primary writing lines and simple writing prompt options.

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Another fun activity is this FREE Snowman Craft! Keep this on hand for a rainy day or to start a day if students need a little brain break. It’s simple to complete and makes a great bulletin board display in January.

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Watch this video for fun Dollar Tree ideas, including the snowman craft!

Include Family in the January Fun

When it comes to the classroom community, including the family at home is just as important as what happens in the classroom. Use newsletters sent home regularly to communicate what’s happening in the classroom and keep families updated.

Don’t have your own newsletter template and want a January-themed one? I have you covered with this Winter Newsletter Template Pack. There are three different themes to choose from that can be used with any grade level. The templates are editable, so you can add your own wording.

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Include vocabulary kids are learning, events that are coming up, things to look forward to, items the classroom needs, standards they are working on, and more.

Hopefully, combining these ideas will help your kids fall back into the classroom rhythm after the excitement of the holidays. Use the slide timers to keep kids on task and send the newsletters home to keep parents in the loop. You’ll have a great classroom community and students ready to learn in no time!

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FAQs

What is bulletin board activity? ›

Bulletin boards are a great way to post important things. Teachers utilize bulletin board space to hang academic materials, learning resources for students, or notices and calendars to keep parents updated about what's happening in the classroom. Interactive bulletin boards can be used for so much more!

What makes an effective bulletin board? ›

By defining clear objectives, considering your audience, incorporating visual appeal, promoting interactivity, and staying current with relevant information, you can create bulletin boards that captivate students' attention, foster a love for learning, and create a sense of belonging within your educational environment ...

What makes bulletin board attractive to the learners? ›

Add Color. Visual interest is the key to keeping children engaged in interactive bulletin boards. Plain, boring boards with little color or visual appeal will not hold students' interest.

How can I improve the school setting in bulletin board display? ›

Think outside of the traditional framing. Bring in actual picture frames, and utilize a clothesline and clothespins to hold up pictures of targeted topics. Utilize wrapping paper or newspaper instead of the solid color rolled paper. Or even add temporary display shelves to highlight students' achievements.

Why are bulletin boards important in the classroom? ›

Whether for displaying event notices or classroom calendars, bulletin boards are essential to educational settings. They can spruce up a dull and bare wall and act as a colorful wall decoration. They can be used to display student work, reinforce lessons, or provide information to students.

How do I make an interactive display board? ›

Turning your whiteboard into a smart board is simpler than it seems. After applying Projector Whiteboard Wallpaper and securing your projector, connect it to your computer. Use interactive software to enable touch capabilities, and that's it. You've turned your whiteboard into a smart board.

What is bulletin board example? ›

A bulletin board (pinboard, pin board, noticeboard, or notice board in British English) is a surface intended for the posting of public messages, for example, to advertise items wanted or for sale, announce events, or provide information.

What is board work activity? ›

Boardwork (/bɔ:dwɜ:k/) refers to the effective classroom use of the traditional blackboard, its modern version, the whiteboard or an Interactive whiteboard.

How do you make a bulletin board more attractive? ›

Make It Attractive

Make it interactive and engaging if you want students to pay attention to your bulletin board. For this, you can use fabric clips, colorful sketch pens, and even create different pockets to store information. All in all, use your creativity to make your bulletin board as interactive as possible.

How do I make my display board look good? ›

Make it Easy to Understand – Use clear sub-titles and simple captions to make your point. Make it Attractive – Use photos, illustrations and 3-D objects to keep your display exciting and enticing to others. Use Your Imagination – Paints, markers, crayons and poster board will add impact to your display.

How do you make a notice board look good? ›

Don't be stingy on the size of your font or any pictures you want to display. Think optician's surgery, no-one can read the bottom line. You're creating a display for people to see information so let them see it. Select a font that isn't fussy but is easy to read and use a large font size, the simpler the better!

How do you write a good bulletin? ›

Generally, it is best to use a topic sentence for each paragraph. Assume that the reader is intelligent but knows little of your topic. Avoid jargon. If you must use acronyms, define them parenthetically, e.g., sea line of communication (SLOC).

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