Fall rhyming hallway design

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We  have been working hard on our rhyming in reading.  Conferences were coming up and we had the students draw a picture of two things that rhyme. Normally we would just put the paper up in the hall that they drew their rhyming words on and call it good. I wanted to make it a little more appealing to the eye.  So naturally one Friday night after I had put the kids to bed I sat up trying to think of a cute catchy rhyme that we could use. I searched Pinterest and google and I couldn’t find anything I absolutely loved. Since its fall and who doesn’t think of pumpkins in the fall I thought up this little rhyme: pumpkins pumpkins orange and round, look at all the rhymes we found.

Great! I had my rhyme but what was I going to do for the hallway display. My initial thought was pumpkins on orange construction paper. But for 85 kids? That would take all my orange paper and then some! So as I was at Dollar Tree the following day the thought hit me to use paper plates as the pumpkins. So I took them to school and had just my class paint them (if it didn’t turn out good I didn’t want to waste everyone else’s time). Well they turned out pretty cute so we went ahead and painted the plates. I had to cut up everyone’s rhyming paper to fit on the pumpkin. I added stems to each pumpkin and put each students’ name on the pumpkin since I had cut their names off of the original paper.

One of the pre-school assistants, who is also very creative, made the suggestion of a vine when I told her my crazy hallway design. So I went into the teacher workroom and got some green butcher paper. I cut it into small strips and twisted it up to make a 3-d vine. Overall I say it turned out cute!

I also wanted a wagon for the pumpkins. I made this out of cardboard( it was a fisher price box from one of my kids toys at home)! I just eyeballed it and I think it turned out pretty good.

The only problem I had with this whole display was keeping it up in the hall. We just have the brick outside our rooms so to keep cardboard, a vine and all those pumpkins took many rolls of packing tape, command strips and anything else I could get my hands on. Even that didn’t hold up the wagon or bottom pumpkins. We would come in each day and pray that nothing had fallen down. One day everything was down (good thing I got there early to fix it).

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