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}

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.

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  • 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