We visited our local teacher supply store, and came away feelin’ groovy — or at least liking the idea of a groovy classroom theme. CTP is doing Poppin’ Patterns with even more design options, including paisley and peace signs, and Carson Dellosa has Paisley Power.
Get your ’70s groove on with tie dye bulletin boards and psychedelic flowers. You can buy Tie Dye Tissue Paper and a Pink Groovy Peace Sign Tie Dye Border, but you can also grab an old sheet and a vat of fabric dye and make your own.
Pinch a bit of the fabric and pull it up as you might a pocket handkerchief. Wrap it tightly with rubber bands. Do this repeatedly all over the fabric — randomness is part of the retro charm. Dye the fabric according to the directions on the dye package. You can repeat with more colors after the fabric dries. Kids love doing this, so consider involving the kids in the process. Add a cheap white T-shirt to your classroom supply list and let each student tie dye a shirt to wear on field trips, too, since you have the dye made.
Cut your fabric to fit your bulletin board and staple it on around the edges, or soak it in starch and smooth it over an old blackboard to repurpose it as a bulletin board. Lasting Lessons Groovy Letters are the perfect touch.
Bulletin board slogans for a groovy theme:
- A Groovy Class
- Ready for a Groovy Year
- Write On!
- Far Out First Grade
- Groovin’ in Grade 6
Psychedelic flowers are mostly just bright and flat. Use a cookie cutter or a simple flower outline like the one below as a pattern to cut flowers from bright papers. Use lots, and cluster them in random, overlapping groups.
Use Psychedelic Flowers Glow in the Dark Wall Decorations if you prefer ready-made — the glow will be fun when you come back from recess.
Use bulletin board border strips to make headbands for your students.
Check out our Rock’n'Roll classroom theme for ideas incorporating music.
For upper elementary and secondary school, this is a perfect opportunity for an oral history. Have students ask their parents and grandparents about some of the events of the 1960s and 1970s:
- the anti-war movement
- hippies and the counterculture movement
- the women’s movement
- the Civil Rights movement
Here’s a video made by a history class: