I would like any ideas on how to decorate the door of the computer room at school please? I like to make the computer room interesting for the children, thanks.
By anita9 from Reno, NV
I would make a large computer monitor screen from cardboard and clear acetate for the screen. On colorful paper, put either an interesting question about the history of computers, a new kid friendly web site or a suggestion of something new to try with the computer. Change it weekly or more often. Slide the paper with the writing on it, behind the computer cut out so it shows in the acetate "screen"
I am not sure what age of children or how many during the day you are teaching but at any age I think this would be fun and personalized:
Have assorted colors of Sharpie's and let each student make a small drawing and/or sign their name on the door. Each student will feel they made a big contribution and will make them feel included as a group.
I can only see two things that might make this difficult and that would be their age. Wee ones might need a lift up if they want to draw or write higher up on the door and older ones might need to be supervized to make sure they remain appropriate ;-)
And, of course, next year you can repaint the door and pass out the Sharpie's again ;-)
Log onto Microsofts clipart website. You can find over 100 pages of free printable clip arts of computers. If you click on "options" at the top right you can change from 8 images per page to 48 which lowers the amount of pages you have to search. You can click on "add to download basket", "open to find out more info" or "clip to clipboard". I always save by downloading so that I can copy and paste it later to a word doc.
When you find the images you want, you can then put them on a word doc and print them.
Now, keep in mind they come in different sizes. If you are not computer savey, this will help.
When you copy and then paste to a word doc, the image might be huge! Don't panic, just right click on it, then click on "format picture". The window will have a tab that says "size". Once you are in that window, you can use the down arrow to decrease the height, and as you do that, the width will decrease automatically. If the image is too small, just increase instead.
To save paper, you can make the images right next to each other, or just a couple spaces apart by using your space bar. When you get all the images you want, just print and then cut with a real scissors and put on the door.
If the door is metal, you could even cut cardboard the same size at each photo and use wide tape to tape over the image and onto the back. Once it's stiff and "laminated", hot glue a small magnet to the back so the image stays protected from little fingerprints, it won't curl over time and the kids can handle them and put them where they want.
I am assuming these are little ones, but if not, it's still a cool idea.
I am doing a school project where I have to decorate our door the best. I was wondering if you have any ideas?
Lauren from Sandstone, MN
I won the classroom door decorating contest one year by using the theme of "Light up the Holidays". My door was covered in dark blue paper, and featured a Christmas tree with candles, Kwanzaa candles, a Hanukkah menorah, Santa by a fireplace, etc. At the very top I had the Christmas star. This way, it wasn't just for Christmas, it was celebrating several different customs and religions. We discussed the customs and religions in the classroom for a learning experience.
Here's a cute idea. Make a Christmas tree out of construction paper, sized to fit your door. Then, cut out circle "ornaments" to match the number of students you have. Put a photo in each student in one of the circles.
You can also add other decorations to finish off your tree. (12/09/2008)
You could make it a fireplace with Santa's feet sticking out. (12/11/2008)
Using "Jesus is the Reason for the Season" one year long ago, I made a large cardboard cutout the size of the door, which appeared like the Jerusalem skyline of domed and square roofs. I punched holes in the whole sky and placed clear tiny lights behind the cardboard into each hole. It won a contest.
Another year I made two french-doors over the big one, out of cardboard, and wrote the message inside: "Jesus was born a babe in a manger, but now is alive, grown and waiting for you to open the doors of your heart and invite Him in."
Still a third door idea I considered for this year is a
large golden foil fancy crown over the message:
"The Savior, King of kings, and Lord of lords, is returning very soon. Perhaps this year!"
God bless and help you. (12/15/2008)
I used this once decorating my school bus one time at Christmas. Have each child bring a gallon jug bottle cap to school. It doesn't matter if its a pop-on cap or one that screws on. Get some white pipe cleaners, and have the kids make some snow flakes to put on the door.
Or, have them cut out those folded paper snowflakes out of construction paper, and photocopy a photo of each child to glue in the center of each snowflake. After all, each child is as different as snowflakes are. Afterward, each child can take their artwork home with them.
I still have the handmade ornaments my kids made all through school hanging on my tree. I wrote the year they made them somewhere on the ornaments. That way they can show their children the ornaments that "they" made at their child's age. Now, I'm getting a new crop of ornaments from my g-kids to proudly hang on my tree. Good luck, sweetie. (12/16/2008)