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Ten Quick Interactive Display Ideas

Ten quick ideas for interactive display corners:
An interactive display corner can quickly  be set up in your classroom, where students research or explore a particular topic. They are  ideal for “what do I do now times?” but make sure all students get a chance for play as those who may benefit most might miss out if it is only used as a reward.

10 Ideas for Quick Interactive Displays

  1. Junk modelling pile – students produce relevant artefacts – eg cardboard rolls can be used as mock telescope. Tea boxes make good treasure chests or gingerbread houses. (more…)

No Said – Bulletin Board 7

no said display

No Said display board


Here’s an interesting graffiti style classroom display. At first glance this is very much a working display rather than something that’s been at all planned or designed. Look closer and you realise that the central image has been carefully chosen and executed. Giving children the ownership and freedom to contribute to the classroom displays in this way feels risky to many teachers but the results can be quite powerful.

Robert says:

Our January bulletin board was created by our class. We have kept a list of words to use instead of “said” when we write.

If I were to make suggestions for improvement it would only be to use darker pens for the words and perhaps a paler yellow background.

The words the pupils chose are interesting as well. Let’s have a look at this.

detail no said board

Use of ‘texted’ on No Said board

I wonder if the teacher would have thought of ‘typed’, ‘texted’ or ‘e-mailed’ as alternatives to ‘said’. 21stC pupils do and this is their display.

I’ve done much more managed versions of this sort of display in primary classrooms. Then we’ve usually collected a list of words from the children and either written them out on paper or typed them on the computer. These were then laminated and attached to the display with either sticky pads or putty so that they could be removed for reference. I wonder what the benefits of being just a little bit braver and handing over ownership like Robert did might have been?

No Said Bulletin Board, originally uploaded by Robert Owens.


Quick Autumn Displays – The Thinking Tree 2

66/365 – 9/26/2008, originally uploaded by snelly23.

I couldn’t resist this great quick display for Autumn! The maker says:

I was looking for real fall leaves to photograph on Monday, the first day of fall, and I failed. Our class used “glue paint” over and under tissue squares on construction paper to make these shiny fall leaves.

I love the tree with its ‘glue paint’ leaves and it’s wonderful affirmative messages. I’d love to add some photos of class members caught doing and being all of these great things, and to add some affirmations of their own, perhaps on more leaves building up at the base of the display, over this term.
People are always looking for 3d tree displays and I think this is a simple but excellent example.


Rainbow on the window – colourful collage 2

Rainbow Collage

Rainbow Collage

, originally uploaded by hello megan.

A vibrant window display is just the thing to cheer up a ‘spring’ classroom. I love the effect Megan has achieved with this one.
As you can see in this detail it’s collaged from magazines

Megan says:

Before class, I cut the rainbow shape out of a roll of white paper and marked the 7 color divisions. I had my class (2nd) mark which colors went where and gave them magazines to cut out any great examples of each color. Each table was assigned a color, and put their cutouts into a bowl. From there any class that had a free minute of two dug into those bowls and glued the pics on in their spot.

So you can see it’s pretty straight-forward. It really does count as a quick and easy classroom display!
I’ve done rainbows on windows before particularly with Key Stage 1 groups. The groups each did a colour. We painted the window with the following mixture:

Washable Window Paint

Tempera Paints (powdered or premixed)
Clear washing-up liquid (lemon ones work ok, green ones can make colours a bit off)

Mix powdered paint with the liquid till it is about as thick as house paint. With premixed paints just mix in a smallamount of washing-up liquid. Do not make it too runny or it will drip!

Mark out your colour areas with a dry wipe marker pen.

Let each colour dry before adding the next one.

Use masking tape to protect the window frame and be sure to spread newspaper around to protect the area.

To remove paint or touch up mistakes just wipe it off with a dry paper towel. Do not try using a wet towel or it will be a real mess!!

I think I like Megan’s way better anyway!


An Interactive Story Starters Wall Display 4

Story Starters, originally uploaded by Glazgow.

You can’t have too many ideas for story starter classroom displays. Here’s another gem and this time the phrases have come from the class:

The children did a “Walkabout, Talkabout” and came up with all the ideas for Where, When, Who and What could happen in a story.

They now use the display to help them chose characters, setting etc for their story writing.

I like the use of colour in this display. The colours actually add meaning helping the children to classify the phrases. It’s also not too busy.
Story Starters
Using the class to generate the scenarios and phrases is much more powerful than just providing them.They will feel more ownership of the display if they know it is based on their ideas. It is just vitally important that the staff resist the temptation to just pop up the same words next year, as they’ve got them already laminated 🙁 This sort of recycling happens too often and when it does engaging classroom displays lose much of their impact.