Bulletin boards are not just for display! This interactive shape bulletin board is a fun and engaging way to teach 2D shape identification and sorting. The adorable train cars and easy train track tape make it a popular learning center in any preschool classroom.
Bulletin boards at a child-friendly height can be used to develop important skills in a fun way. These vertical surfaces help develop muscles in hands important for writing while reinforcing other ideas, such as math, literacy, or science.
This board focuses on shapes, an essential math skill.
Step 1 – Tracks!
Start by laying down some train track tape. Alternatively, create tracks with black electrical tape or draw them on white construction paper.
Step 2 – Trains!
Print train clip art (from HERE). Identify each car with a different basic shape. The board in the picture includes a hexagon, rectangle, diamond, square, circle, triangle.
Step 3 – Coal
Cut different “coal” shapes out of black construction paper or cardstock.
Fasten the back with a velcro dot to match the train cars. (Pro tip: Be careful to choose all one side of the velcro so that they work in each space!!)
Step 4 – Decorate
For an extra-fancy touch, add cotton ball smoke clouds coming out of the steam engine, a “Railroad Crossing” sign, and a train station.
Working on interactive bulletin boards has additional benefits including:
- Increased social skills! Students can see each other working and often choose to work together on this activity.
- Language Practice! Working together encourages better communication, improved oral language skills, practice with negotiation, and it also helps to develop problem-solving skills.
Train clipart from this set: