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.
  2.   If one group perform an experimental activity, equipment can be left for other students to try & space given to record results.
  3. A tray of moist, fine-grained sand on a table below a display. KS1 letter formation, later for creating things like animal prints or buried treasure, (place a string grid over and use co-ordinates to locate hidden items.) Sand try can also be used for creating Treasure Island, forest or other setting in which props can be manipulated.
  4. Small figures/finger puppets & other props to represent actors in story – students can manipulate and retell story in own words.
  5. Create cardboard sailors with movable arms and semaphore flags in their hands. Students can move the arms around to spell different words
  6. Tudors or pirates – Put an A3 world map onto display table. Create (or use small plastic) ships and label on sails. Students use display to track where each ship sailed. Variation – change to a map of island/treasure map as the story progresses (pirates).
  7. Cardboard time-line with large cardboard arrow on paper clip shows how many days at sea or where we are up to in story.
  8. Worksheets, several kinds, (eg. questions that student needs to use the display to answer, colour and label, cut out and sequence, story starters on themed backgrounds) are placed nearby.
  9. Dressing up boxes – ideal for topics like Tudors, Vikings, Romans, pirates, persuasive writing or Shakespeare! Role play is not just for KS1!!
  10. Children’s voice This consists of a board or part of a board,where a teacher or child poses a question. Children then have a period of time (for example, three days) to write their responses. This method works best if it!s a regular routine in the classroom and children have easy, daily access to the board.

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About Linda Hartley

Hi, I enjoy helping teachers to make their classrooms into interesting visual learning environments. I write most of this site and I also run the Classroom Displays online course which you can find out more about in the sidebar.