Summer is officially upon us, and while many of us teachers will spend the next couple of months spending time in the sun and catching up on summer reading, it’s never too early to brainstorm fun classroom ideas—especially when they’re inspired by our favorite vacation spots. So slip into your flip-flops because these beach-themed classroom ideas will make a huge splash with your students and coworkers.
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Hang jellyfish from your classroom ceiling.
Whether you make these yourself or get your kids in on the fun, these paper bowl jellyfish from Love the Day are easy to make. With some paper bowls, paint, and ribbon, shock all who enter your classroom with this craft.
Transform your classroom into a tropical island with these paper palm trees from eHow. We love the idea of lining the walls or creating a cozy reading nook with these trees.
Make beach umbrella tables.
Admittedly, we’re stepping off the beach here and going into the deep blue sea with this awesome ceiling design from The Charming Classroom. All it takes is a blue tablecloth or two and paper or cardboard sea creature cutouts to turn your classroom into an aquarium. (Tip: placing the sea animals under fluorescent lights will make them appear more clearly through the plastic.)
Dive into this bulletin board theme.
We love the idea of turning your students into snorkelers with this fun bulletin board idea from Elementary Shenanigans. All you need is paper goggle cutouts and colorful straws. Encourage your kids to “dive into” learning, reading, participating, and being all-around awesome students.
Create a beach-themed encouragement board.
This idea comes to us from Middle School Math Moments, where the beach balls are more than just fun classroom decor but also a teaching resource. Write math problems or questions on each strip of color, then toss the ball to your students. Whichever question is facing up is the one they must answer.
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Design a writing island resource table.
Don’t leave your students marooned when it comes to writing (or any other subject)! With a grass skirt and an inflatable palm tree, turn any ordinary table into a writing “island,” thanks to Charmed in the Third Grade.
Offer beach-side views with cozy reading nooks.
Bring the beach theme to your hallway with these cool door designs.
Welcome your kids to paradise with this door design from Busse’s Busy Kindergarten. (Peep the students’ names written on seashells.)
Motivate your crew with this treasure-chest prize box from Walmart. Fill it with plastic gold coins, books, or other small prizes as rewards for correct answers, good work, and thoughtful participation.