51 Summer Bulletin Board Ideas for 2021
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Need summer bulletin board ideas?
We’ve got 51 colorful, eye-catching bulletin board examples that reflect the spirit of summer to share with you today.
Children learn about the world through what they see. When they’re young, we should do our best to make their environment ideal for stimulating their visual senses.
If you work with little children, you know that how a room is arranged can greatly affect a child’s mood, attention, and motivation. In addition to adding to the physical arrangement of a classroom, a bulletin board can be used for decorative appeal.
What You Will Learn
- The Importance of a Classroom Bulletin Board
- 1. Time for Summer
- 2. It's O-Fish-Ally Summer
- 3. Undersea 3D Art
- 4. Bee Craft
- 5. Summer Vibes
- 6. Summer Sun
- 7. Summer Sky Birthday Board
- 8. We're Flying Into Summer
- 9. Hello, Summer
- 10. The Smore You Read, The Smore You Know
- 11. Countdown to Summer
- 12. Look on the Bright Side
- 13. Pop Into Summer
- 14. Hanging Around With Our Friends
- 15. Sailing Into Summer
- 16. Don't Be Crabby, Summer Is on the Way
- 17. Turtle-y Cool
- 18. Soak Up Knowledge This Summer
- 19. Summer Fun in the Sun
- 20. At the Seaside
- 21. Say Aloha
- 22. Another Day in Paradise
- 23. Let's Flamingle
- 24. Underwater Tropical Ocean
- 25. Digging Into Summer
- 26. What's the Scoop?
- 27. This Will Be a Sweet Year
- 28. Summer Dreams
- 29. Flamingos Say Hello
- 30. Have a Sweet Summer
- 31. Fun at the Beach
- 32. Check Out Our Line Up
- 33. Summer Countdown Board
- 34. Learning Is Sweet
- 35. What a Sun-Sational Year!
- 36. Take a Bite Out of Summer
- 37. Bees Will Buzz in Summer
- 38. Surfboards and Palm
- 39. A Whale of a Year
- 40. Under the Sea
- 41. Art Room
- 42. How Sweet It Is
- 43. The Solar System
- 44. Blazing Sun
- 45. Sailing Theme
- 46. Paper Bag Palm Trees
- 47. Stargazing
- 48. Stay Sharp
- 49. A Ship of Adventure
- 50. Dancing With Fireflies
- 51. Don't Desert Your Studies
- Final Thoughts on Summer Bulletin Board Ideas
The Importance of a Classroom Bulletin Board
Bulletin boards can also be a great teaching tool that introduces and reinforces lessons, values, goals, and visions.
Furthermore, bulletin boards can foster communication between teachers and students.
If you want children to know that you appreciate them, letting them contribute to the design of a classroom’s bulletin board is one way of showing your appreciation.
To channel children’s (and even teachers’) pent-up energy for the fast-approaching summer vacation, you might want to enlist students’ help in designing your bulletin board for summer.
Read on for 51 awesome examples that can provide inspiration for your classroom’s bulletin board.
1. Time for Summer
For this bulletin board idea, the creator used printable cutouts, fabric leis, and dollar-store flip-flops. The materials may already be available in your supplies closet.
Assembling the board is quite simple, but the effect is cheery and fun.
2. It's O-Fish-Ally Summer
The creator of this bulletin board used simple materials, such as:
That’s the beauty of designing a bulletin board—you don't need fancy materials to create a wonderfully designed one.
3. Undersea 3D Art
This 3D bulletin board features an underwater scene. It can be time-consuming to create a board like this, and it requires a special paper-crafting technique to create the 3D objects.
Nevertheless, the effect is stunning and makes for a truly memorable board.
4. Bee Craft
In this example, you crumple and twist appropriately colored paper and assemble it on your board. You can use this design to complement a lesson.
5. Summer Vibes
Bulletin boards and memo boards are also very useful for homeschoolers. This fabric magnetic board is appropriately decked out for the summer and ready for displaying notes, classwork, and reminders.
6. Summer Sun
A corkboard was used as the base of this bulletin board. The graphics are large and very colorful. This board is designed for use in a class with younger children.
7. Summer Sky Birthday Board
Looking for ideas for a birthday board?
Use this example to display the names of students whose birthdays are celebrated in summer. This board was created by hand-painting the background night sky.
The names, marshmallows, and bonfire are paper cutouts glued to the board's surface.
8. We're Flying Into Summer
via Evergreen School
One awesome thing about bulletin boards is that you can let your creativity run free. For this board, creators used paper plates painted in cheerful colors, colored paper, and glitter to convey the idea of summer.
9. Hello, Summer
via Lia Griffith
You can use different-sized picture frames to create a unique bulletin board celebrating the arrival of summer. For this board, an arrangement of white picture frames is assembled on a classroom wall.
The creator used printables, tag punch, card stock, and colored paper to create this charming board.
10. The Smore You Read, The Smore You Know
This board provides a summer reading list. The book suggestions are written on brown paper cut into squares to represent s’mores. A bonfire blazes at the center of the board, evoking evenings spent outdoors during summer.
11. Countdown to Summer
Counting down to summer break? This example is a great idea for a countdown. You can pop a balloon for each day that passes.
12. Look on the Bright Side
This vibrant bulletin board idea uses various colored handprints (cutouts) as a border. A colorful poster brings attention to the center of the board.
13. Pop Into Summer
When your whole class is counting down the days until school is out for the summer, here’s a bulletin board idea to get everyone excited for summer while still reminding them that, as their teacher, you truly care about them.
14. Hanging Around With Our Friends
Summer is usually associated with sunshine, blue skies, and plenty of time with friends. This board evokes those images, making everyone look forward to the nice things they can do during summertime.
15. Sailing Into Summer
Here is another idea for your summer bulletin board that brings the ocean scene into your classroom. Again, it's made with materials that can easily be sourced from your school supplies cabinet, such as crepe paper, colored card stock, and googly eyes.
16. Don't Be Crabby, Summer Is on the Way
For this board, the teacher had her students trace their hands twice, overlapping them slightly to form the image of crabs. Then the outlines were cut out and googly eyes were attached.
This board has 21 crabs, representing the 21 days left before summer break and the 21 students in class.
17. Turtle-y Cool
The turtles' shells in this cute welcome-back board are made out of green paper plates. They are then glued onto blue paper for a budget-friendly underwater scene.
18. Soak Up Knowledge This Summer
This bulletin board was created using board paper in the colors of a beach in summer. If you're worried that a beach scene will make your students antsy, you might want to use this design on the very last week of the school year.
19. Summer Fun in the Sun
This is another beach-themed design idea that you might want to use for your next bulletin board. It features activities you can do at the beach, such as building sandcastles and surfing.
20. At the Seaside
This bulletin board uses beach- and ocean-related vocabulary words. It also has engaging visuals that are quite helpful for young learners or those who are learning English as a second language.
21. Say Aloha
Papercrafting is the main component used to create this bulletin board. It features tropical scenery, complete with a palm tree, umbrella, tropical flowers, a surfboard, flip-flops, and a bright sun in a blue sky.
22. Another Day in Paradise
If you love neon and pastels, this tropical punch-themed board is worth a try. It features predominantly pink and teal hues, brightening up your classroom and making everyone feel happy.
23. Let's Flamingle
This board features a couple of flamingos surrounded by pineapples and smaller paper flamingo cutouts. The main materials used for this board include board paper, glitter paper, and pink feathers.
24. Underwater Tropical Ocean
If you want to raise awareness about the state of our oceans, this bulletin board sends a powerful, non-verbal message.
To make this eye-catching and inspiring 3D bulletin board, the creator of this board used various materials including:
25. Digging Into Summer
via Supply Me
This bulletin board idea is from McKinley Early Childhood Center. It encourages young children to participate in creating exciting displays.
A bucket coloring page, crayons, markers, paint, glue, and board paper are some of the supplies you’ll need to re-create this board for your own classroom.
26. What's the Scoop?
via Miss Lovie
To give the kids a cheerful welcome for the new school year, you could incorporate some ideas from this cool bulletin board.
The ice cream cones were cut out from a printable, and the children's names are written on the ice cream. Butcher paper cut into strips were stapled together to create a clean ruffle border.
27. This Will Be a Sweet Year
Here is an eye-catching bulletin board example for starting the school year. For this one, you'll need some bright colored fabric, sprinkle design border, cupcake printables (you can choose the designs you like from numerous samples online), and construction paper.
28. Summer Dreams
This colorful bulletin board was inspired by the creator's conversation with her students about the activities they did during summer. The décor includes ocean cutouts purchased from a local store.
29. Flamingos Say Hello
Say hello to summer with a couple of flamingos frolicking on a tropical backdrop. With a little paper craft to create the flowers and cut out the rest of the décor elements, your summer bulletin board will help create a sense of excitement in the classroom.
30. Have a Sweet Summer
Images of watermelon slices and ice cream cones evoke the feeling of summer in the classroom. It's a cool way to decorate your bulletin board right before the school year ends.
31. Fun at the Beach
via Supply Me
If the circumstances do not permit your class to go to the beach for the summer, this bulletin board might be the next best thing. The children get to participate in the creation of this board by adding their footprints to yellow construction paper.
The board also features glittery beach creature cutouts. You might also want to incorporate some beach-related items such as shells, starfish, and pebbles for a 3D effect.
32. Check Out Our Line Up
This board displays a summer clothing scene, complete with flip-flops, tie-dyed t-shirts, and sunglasses. The members of the class colored on white paper. Their teacher then used a sunglasses template to cut out the shapes, glued them onto black paper (for the lens part) and cut out the shapes again.
The children also used water color to create the tie-dyed effect on the t-shirt cutouts.
33. Summer Countdown Board
Here is another example of a summer countdown bulletin board. The creator used popsicle cutouts to represent the remaining days until summer break.
What image would you use, instead of popsicles?
34. Learning Is Sweet
Keep your students motivated while you count down the days to summer vacation with this bulletin board display. For the lollipops, you can use small paper plates wrapped in colored cellophane sheets.
35. What a Sun-Sational Year!
If your students are getting antsy about summer, why not harness that energy into some crafts?
For this activity, the students got to personalize sunglasses to go with their self-portraits and a background to go with their writing.
36. Take a Bite Out of Summer
Watermelons are a quintessential symbol of summer. This bulletin board example uses red and green sheets of colored paper cut into the desired shapes for a jumbo watermelon.
Black paper is used to create the “watermelon seeds,” with the number of days left in the school year written in white ink.
37. Bees Will Buzz in Summer
A lot of young children love Olaf from Disney’s animated film Frozen. He seems to be the only snowman that looks forward to summer!
In this example, the creator used colored paper cutouts, some letter art, and a rainbow border to place Olaf in a summer scene.
The kids will understand that this is one happy snowman.
38. Surfboards and Palm
A few strips of yellow pipe cleaners, cutouts of colored paper, twisted and crumpled sheets of brown poster board, and a length of manila paper give you this colorful and inviting bulletin board about summer.
39. A Whale of a Year
If your class loves puns, then this next example could be a great idea for celebrating the final days of the school year.
With just some poster board, an eye-catching border strip, some letter cutouts, glue, and a bit of creativity, you’ll be able to make this fun tribute to summer in no time.
40. Under the Sea
Here is a summer bulletin board inspired by underwater scenes. In this example, a 3D octopus is the focal point of the eye-catching design.
Some of the materials used for making this board include spray insulating foam, pool noodles, and a couple of googly eyes.
41. Art Room
Although not exactly a bulletin board, this door art can be recreated in any part of the classroom.
Plan out the design for your summer-themed bulletin board and paint it onto the wall using acrylic paints.
42. How Sweet It Is
You might want to include sweets in your bulletin board design. Lollipops are a favorite treat during summer.
In this example, the teacher created giant lollipops for her bulletin board, taking inspiration from Candyland.
43. The Solar System
One of the free fun evening activities we get to enjoy during summer is stargazing. It inspires us to learn more about our neighboring planets and the various constellations.
This example is a creative and informative way to decorate your bulletin board. It helps spark students’ interest in the solar system and everything that lies beyond it.
44. Blazing Sun
If you don’t want to include the entire solar system in your bulletin board design this summer, here’s a concept that only features the sun.
The creator used crumpled, balled up paper to make the sun, which was then painted with the appropriate color.
For the sun rays, cutouts from sheets of orange and yellow poster boards were used.
45. Sailing Theme
This bulletin board was created using canvas fabric, cardboard, some paper cutouts, and a small table. With a bit of resourcefulness and creativity, you’ll be able to make a bulletin board that is a source of inspiration for the whole class.
46. Paper Bag Palm Trees
via Lists I Live By
This board encourages students to become adventurous with their learning.
Although this type of bulletin board might require a lot of prep time (especially with the palm trees, whose trunks are made out of brown paper bags), the effect when finished is definitely worthwhile.
This charming bulletin board design is actually a collage. It features pictures of the students, yellow triangles cut out from colored paper, and star and tree cutouts glued to a background of blue paper.
48. Stay Sharp
You might want to take inspiration from this display featuring succulents in various forms and sizes. The Internet has a wide range of resources for printable cactus cutouts, as well as instructions on how to create the 3D paper succulents.
49. A Ship of Adventure
Awaken the adventurous spirits of your learners by creating a three-dimensional display for your bulletin board, such as the one above.
You can achieve the effect you want by using paint and some realia, such as the notebook (aged to match the theme).
50. Dancing With Fireflies
Here is another bulletin board design where the teacher asked students to trace their hands. Instead of producing crabs, as in #16, they created wings for fireflies and flames for their campfires.
51. Don't Desert Your Studies
In the desert, it always feels like summer. If your class loves puns, this theme, which reminds them to not “desert” their studies, will be very much appreciated.
Final Thoughts on Summer Bulletin Board Ideas
There you have it—51 bulletin board ideas for the summer.
Have you found a design that you want to try for your classroom?
If you’re looking for other bulletin board design ideas, you might want to check out this post featuring growth mindset bulletin boards. (You can also check out these growth mindset posters to inspire kids and students.)
Looking for more ideas? Maybe this list of summer goals can give you some inspiration.