brightly colored, fully functional {how to make an everything board}

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I’m really happy with {com.plete.ly} giving into the color scheme that I’ve had and it’s really made a difference to me feeling like the room is cohesive and its a space I can teach in.

Is it necessary to coordinate colors to have an awesome classroom space? No.

Do I love the result this year? Yes.

Do I plan on changing colors every year? No way.

KindergartenWorks :: brightly colored, fully functional {how to make an everything board}

how to make an everything board

Here is a project that I saw pinned and brought to life using duct tape. {Yes, duct tape} I feel like I won the duct tape queen award this year as it is everywhere in my room.

I used a giant oil pan as found in the automotive section of a big box store that was under $12. I laid out some scrap paper and magnets to help me plan where I wanted sections to go.  My kinders can only reach so high since I mounted this to my bulletin board, so some of it is reserved teacher display space.

KindergartenWorks :: brightly colored, fully functional {how to make an everything board}
So with some colorful duct tape, scrapbook paper and the oil pan we now have a colorful, shiny mutli-purpose board. What purposes you ask?
KindergartenWorks :: brightly colored, fully functional {how to make an everything board}

The purple section at the top will hold our school expectations. The green (with a magnetic clip) will display our lunch menu and the sections below are for daily use by my kinders. See the smudge? {Silent grrr} If you don’t laminate the papers, then don’t stick magnets right onto the paper… when they move, they leave a mark. However, they still work great when sitting on the duct tape and don’t make marks there.

KindergartenWorks :: brightly colored, fully functional {how to make an everything board}

When my kinders arrive at school, they will move a simple circle magnet with their name on it from the “home” section to selecting their lunch choice. In our school, students can also order a sandwich from the cafeteria, so we need a third option.

KindergartenWorks :: brightly colored, fully functional {how to make an everything board}

And I added a strong clip to hold our class list. I also adhered a magnet to a highlighter to go in this space. They highlight their name if they choose this lunch option and this list is given to the lunch staff. It is a job in our class to put the magnets all back at the end of the day.

KindergartenWorks :: brightly colored, fully functional {how to make an everything board}

This board also helps me track who is in and out of the room and students can move their magnets to these other options. Hence why I am now dubbing this my “everything board.”

I’ve never tried making anything so crafty {yes seriously… my talents show up much better on the computer than with hot glue} but I’m loving how it turned out. The duct tape really was forgiving as I moved it around and straightened out the lines… who knew?

KindergartenWorks :: brightly colored, fully functional {how to make an everything board}

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Attendance, lunch count, head count, display space… brightly colored and fully functional. I think that’s my style! If you like what I do here on KindergartenWorks, then be sure to subscribe today. I look forward to sharing ideas with you weekly. – Leslie 

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About Leslie atKindergartenWorks

Leslie is the author of KindergartenWorks. She teaches kindergarten students how to be pretty incredible along with teaching them to read, write and think for themselves. She enjoys graphic design, learning new things and sharing with teachers. Google+

  • Erin

    This is great! I am going to try this! Thank you! How did you get it to mount to your bulletin board?

    • http://www.kindergartenworks.com Leslie @KindergartenWorks

      Hi Erin,
      I used some really strong double sided stick tape. Best wishes if you try it!
      – Leslie

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  • Leisa

    Love it! I bought my oil pan today! Thanks for sharing!

    • http://www.kindergartenworks.com Leslie @KindergartenWorks

      Awesome! Please share a pic on facebook – I’d love to see it!

      – Leslie

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  • Lymari

    Wow! great idea. I will be asking my hubby to search for an oil pan ASAP!

    • http://www.kindergartenworks.com Leslie @KindergartenWorks

      Awesome! Please share a pic on facebook – I’d love to see it in action.
      – Leslie

  • Brittany

    This is awesome! Where did you buy the tape from???

    • http://www.kindergartenworks.com Leslie @KindergartenWorks

      Hmmmm… I believe I got it from Big Lots and Meijer… maybe Walmart?
      – Leslie

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