Day 2: High Five To a Great Year!

Each year, I love to have the kids create something personal and little for the bulletin board on our classroom's front door. I always try to teach with the door open (unless the air conditioner is on!) and I love to have it show something inviting.

Here's what I came up with this year:
lol, my hand seems {huge!} in the middle :)
This is such a super-easy project and the kids loved it!

All you will need are:
  • cardstock
  • Sharipes
  • markers & color pencils
  • scissors
I first decorated my own hand and then had the header posted on the board so kids knew what we would be doing.

I showed them my "High 5" and then passed out a sheet of cardstock to each student. They had their table supplies at their desk and their only rule was to write their name in black Sharpie and make sure it could be easily seen after they color their hand.

Some kids chose to do random designs on their hands and others chose to make more personalized designs. I liked the variety and think they turned out great!

After they had finished tracing and decorating their hand, they cut them out and I laminated them to make them more durable for the year. I hot-glued them to the bulletin board with the cute header and it looks so fun, welcoming, and colorful when you get to our classroom!

Want the "High Five To a Great Year" header? It's available on Google Docs for free HERE or by clicking the picture below.

I hope you are enjoying your Sunday evening and I am heading to bed soon to get ready for our first full week back! Eeek! Go figure I already have a cold, and so does my 15 month-old...never a dull moment :)


  1. Thanks - this is great! Please tell us where you teach that you get air conditioning - wow!

  2. I love reading your blog and just wanted to let you know that I've awarded you with the Versatile Blogger Award! :)


  3. I love doing art with the kids on the first and know they are going to love this one!
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. My first day Morning Meeting greeting is always the High 5 and this mini art is a perfect follow-up. After I laminate and use as a door display for a few weeks, I will return the hands to my kids to use as bookmarks. They can never have enough oversized, personal bookmarks for their book boxes! Thanks for your inspiring blog!