With the 2018 World Cup well underway, we’re in the thick of sports this summer. Keep up the momentum in your classroom this fall with sports-themed decor to inspire your roster of MVPs. WeAreTeachers has gathered the best sports-themed classroom decor ideas for your viewing (and crafting) pleasure. So read on for touchdowns, slam dunks, goal medals, and more. What’s your game plan?
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Try a home turf football rug.
Turn your classroom into an NFL (Nothing but Fun Learning) field with this football field rug. Feeling ambitious? Watch this quick YouTube tutorial on how to transform artificial turf into a football field, complete with numbered yard lines and customizable end zones—the perfect way to integrate a little school spirit into your theme.
Turn your whiteboard into a goalpost.
No football field would be complete without a bright yellow goalpost. This low-fuss balloon craft from Little Miss Party is as cute as it is quick, and it’s a great way to draw your students’ attention to your daily lessons (although, beware, you may have to replace the balloons after a couple of days).
For something a bit more permanent, this PVC pipe goalpost from Sugar Bee Crafts is a great model to follow—although, of course, you’ll have to adjust the measurements to accommodate a full-size whiteboard, chalk board, or bulletin board. If you’d rather make your goalposts on a smaller scale, use them as name tag holders, labels for classroom supplies, etc. by taping a paper label between the two posts.
Create a sports-themed reading nook.
This affordable and easy-to-craft soccer goal from Six Sisters Stuff would make a wonderful classroom addition, either as a reading nook (if it’s large enough to place cushions or chairs beneath) or as a cubby for books or other classroom supplies. Spray-paint the frame in school colors!
We’d say this reading dugout is too cool for school, but we gotta admit we’d love to see it in our classrooms. For the handy teachers among us, this design can be completed with a few two-by-fours and some lattice panels.
Get focused with a game plan bulletin board.
Nothing can get your kids’ heads in the game like this awesome focus board from Not So Wimpy Teacher. Update with daily or weekly objectives in math, reading, writing, and more. We love the inclusion of an inspiring quote and sports-themed story of the week.
This one from Busy Bees is a bit more specific, giving individual students or the entire class room to document their goals. While we’ve yet to see the finished product, we love the idea of pasting paper soccer or footballs on the board labeled with student or class goals.
Make a classroom scoreboard.
This classroom scoreboard from Mrs. Butterfield’s First Grade is not only an awesome decoration but also a great way to track AR points, reward positive behavior, and motivate your students to meet their classroom goals.
Turn your coat storage into a “locker room.”
Another one of our favorites from Not So Wimpy Teacher. Turn the coatroom into a locker room (or dugout if you’d rather go with a baseball theme) with a simple touch that is sure to score some points with your students.
Track behavior through outs and runs.
Your students won’t want to strike out with this classroom-behavior-management model by Teaching, Dreaming, Learning. Paste the image of a baseball diamond on your whiteboard and keep score of runs and outs below. You get a run when your students are chatty or off task, and the students gain points for working diligently.
Put your students in the Hall of Fame.
Try a sports-themed classroom job chart.
Don’t forget the ceiling.
Nothing but net—and a few inflatable basketballs—to transform your classroom into a space even Michael Jordan would envy. We can’t get enough of this sports-net ceiling from Homesthetics and know your students will love it too.
Plus, here are a few of our favorite accessories for a sports-themed classroom:
Foam sports balls
Mini basketball hoops
We’ve seen basketball hoops on classroom doors, above the whiteboard, or centered over the reading nook, and we think they’re a great way to motivate students to “take a shot” and participate in class.
Paper lantern sports balls
Inflatable sports balls
Sports pennant banners
Nothing says team spirit like a few yards of a sports pennant banner. Hang this above your whiteboard or over the door frame. You can also cut a couple of feet for the front edge of your students’ desks.