Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Classroom Bulletin Board Idea

Dr. Seuss Read Across America Literacy and Reading Bulletin Board
Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/planolibrary/3343054944/

We found this seuss-tacular bulletin board while perusing Flickr for inspiration. Decorated by the talented librarians of the Plano Public Library System {in Texas} to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday and body of works, we're positive that this intricate {colorful!} display would make the perfect addition to any classroom to help kick off reading month as well as celebrate the famous author's birthday!

Birthday Cake Bulletin Board Display

  • Background: Blue bulletin board paper.
  • Title: "Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!"
  • Border: Dr. Seuss bulletin board trimmer. For visual interest, add a few colorful curled ribbon streamers to the top of the board.
  • Decoration: 1) The Cake. We are amazed at the creativity that went into making this lopsided birthday cake for the quirky author! Similar to creating a snowman, begin by cutting out each layer of the cake (a combination of rectangles and squares in various sizes) from white bulletin board paper. Next, create the "icing" decorations using the newly created cake pieces to make correct measurements. You'll need a 2" strip of red construction or bulletin board paper with a scalloped edge for each layer as well as a 4" strip of white construction or bulletin board paper with a curled fringe edge (fringed pieces should be 1" wide and about 2" long). While it may seem counter-intuitive, begin by assembling the cake's top layer first - adding the base, then attaching the detailing so that the red scalloped paper sticks out from beneath the curled white fringe. Attach the second and third layers the same way. 2) The Candles. Create birthday candles to add to each layer of the cake. Either create a traceable template from card stock or find a black and white clip art image that can be printed directly onto colored construction paper. Along with the small candles, fashion one large candle for the very top of the cake by cutting a toilet paper roll in half, decorating the outside with shiny blue paper (or painting it with metallic blue paint), and stuffing yellow cellophane or saran wrap into the top. 3) The Book Jackets. Decorate the rest of the board with Dr. Seuss book covers. Use actual covers or print and laminate pictures found online.

This board, with its lopsided cake and quirky candles, is perfect for celebrating the life and works of Dr. Seuss! Let us know what you think of it as well as how you incorporate Seuss into your classroom decor by leaving a comment below!