Bright Storage and Organization
Every teacher knows that organization is key to running a classroom smoothly. The trend this school year is for bright and colorful storage. Items like rolling carts, lap desks, vertical storage, and photo boxes are all great organizational tools to use in the classroom.
Courtney showed how she is helping her sons’ school organize their art supplies. She used the ten drawer rainbow rolling storage cart to neatly store art supplies like markers, watercolors, and more. This storage cart is also perfect for math manipulatives, center materials, and much more.
Southwestern decor is huge this year, and the trend is catching on in classrooms as well. Cactus are a fun way to illustrate how your class will “stick with it” as well as how “sharp” your students are. There are so many fun ways to bring the cactus trend to your classroom.
Use cactus themed pillows to add color and comfort to the reading nook in your classroom. A cactus themed shelf can hold bookmarks or favorite books, or can just be used as decor. Check out this cactus themed classroom for more decorating ideas.
Dress Up & Role Play
Kids love to play dress up, and it is a great way for them to develop a variety of skills. Not only does a role play center help children exercise their imagination, they also develop important story telling and public speaking skills. You really don’t need a lot of space or a huge budget to create a dress up center in your classroom. Affordable supplies such as fabric, banners, and duct tape can all be used to create a classroom role play center.
For inspiration, check out our classroom dress up center project. Use crates with dowel rods to create a role play center that provides both a stage and organization. Load up the center with lots of fun Darice dress up items like hats and vests, and let the kids do the rest!
Galaxy & Space
Another break out trend this year that has spread to the classroom is the galaxy and space theme. Take your class out of this world with a galactic inspired classroom. Paint round surfaces, like styrofoam balls, to create planets and moons to hang in the room. For bulletin boards you can use embroidery hoops covered with fabric to make easy to display planets, stars, and moons.
Use watercolor paper with brush pens and water to create inspirational posters and decor for your classroom. Other supplies you can use to create a galaxy themed classroom include glitter, craft paint, and unfinished wood decor such as shooting stars.
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Morena from MorenasCorner.com is the kind of girl who would rather have paint on her fingers than get a manicure. Morena’s passion is using thrifted and inexpensive finds to craft designer inspired creations, and she enjoys creating colorful, bold pieces of home decor. The Italian-American daughter of two DIYers, she and her husband strive to pass the tradition and value of handmade to their four children.