- Construction paper, various colors
- Thick-tipped marker
- Glue stick
- Poster board, either folding or flat
- Glitter (optional)
- Puff paint (optional)
In elementary school classrooms, the bulletin boards are an essential part of the decor. Create an interactive poster to keep the interest of the children in the class. Interactive games are an excellent way to hold the children’s attention, because they will all want to play the game. These instructions can be adapted for any age group in elementary school, any theme and any type of questions.
Choose a theme. If the entire classroom already has a theme, go with that. If the poster is being created for a specific time of the year or holiday, choose that theme. Stick with whatever theme you choose for the entire design.
Write 15 to 25 trivia questions pertaining to your theme. Create questions that are age-appropriate for the children with whom you are working. For example, if your theme is Halloween and you are working with children in first grade, an ideal question would be, “What do you want to dress up as for Halloween?” The questions should be a mixture of educational and fun.
Cut out 15 to 25 rectangles of construction paper (corresponding to the number of trivia questions you created). The size of the rectangles depends on the size of your poster; however, they should be large enough for the children to see from their seats, about 4 by 6 inches. The colors of the cards should correspond to your theme. You can make them all the same color or alternate among multiple colors.
Cut out or print out multiple shapes to decorate the background of the interactive poster to go with your theme. For example, if your theme is Halloween, your decorations should include jack-o-lanterns, candy and witches. Don’t create too many background decorations because you do not want them to distract from your game.
Cut out letters for a heading for your interactive poster. Name it something creative and fun. For example, a Halloween-theme poster could be called “Mrs. Smith’s Spooky Halloween Trivia.”
Cut out 15 to 25 squares (depending on the number of trivia questions you created) out of construction paper in corresponding colors. The squares should be about 4 inches square.
Write each trivia question on the squares of paper.
Number each of your rectangles with a thick-tipped marker.
Glue the heading and the decorations to the background of the poster board.
Glue the numbered rectangles onto the poster board in numerical order. Glue only the bottom and two side edges of the rectangle. Leave the top and middle free of glue, because the rectangle will become a pocket for the trivia question.
Wait until the glue has dried on the rectangles and then place the trivia questions randomly in the numbered pockets.
Add any extra decorative touches with glitter or puff paint.
Set up the board and play the interactive trivia game with the pupils. You can form teams and give away prizes to make the game even more fun for the pupils.
Many decorative items can be purchased to save time, or handmade to save money.