Carnival Classroom Theme

Get a carnival atmosphere going in your classroom!

A carnival signpost is eye-catching. A

will set the tone.

will unquestionably make your room the coolest in the building.  If your students are too big to fit into it, there are 2-D tent options as well:

Use Carnival Tickets for  behavior management and bunting and flags (there’s a Carnival Giant Decorating Kit with a good assortment if you don’t find them at your local party store).

fit perfectly with a carnival theme and can hold all sorts of stuff — even popcorn!

Bulletin board slogans:

  • The Thrill of Learning!
  • This Year Will be a Wild Ride!
  • Carnival of Learning!

There are quite a few ready-made bulletin board sets with a carnival theme.

Trend does a versatile


You should also consider reading The Great Wheel, a wonderful chapter book about the building of the original Ferris Wheel for the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 (or, more properly, the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition). I love this book, and I think your elementary or middle school students will love it, too. It gets your STEM lesson off to an inspired start.

With the midway set up, you can consider some circus elements. Check out our Circus Theme for lots of links and ideas, but here are some we think would add to the carnival atmosphere:

You can’t help but have fun with such a fun theme! Thanks to our friend Princess Kitty for suggesting it!


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