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Today I went in to school one more day to finish up my classroom.  It’s starting to feel like a “home.”  Especially the fact that my cabinet has so much stuff in it that when I open the door, it falls out… you didn’t think I was going to post a photo of THAT did you?

So, here it is… Brainstorm!  I wanted to tie science in and starting thinking about weather, and weather had me thinking about thinking.  So, Brainstorm became the idea…

The brain is made of foamcore board, covered with pink tissue paper & glue, covered with 3 shades of pink yarn.  After it was finished, I poked Christmas lights through the back so the brain would be “bright.”  Pun totally intended.  Spray adhesive + yarn = stickiest mess EVER. Just sayin’!



The norms posters I shared a few weeks ago will go in my other classroom, so I had to “Brainstorm-ize” these…


The canvases got fresh paint, paper, ribbon, and buttons. I don’t know that my kitchen table has EVER seen a bigger mess than the one that found itself on the table as I glued, painted, covered, and recovered.

A light up yarn tornado for the corner. It started as cardboard, wrapped in yarn.  Then, it was spraypainted grey. Then it got more yarn.  Then, a little duct tape to curl the cardboard back a bit.  I still wonder if any of the neighbors saw me spraypainting a giant tornado in the front yard. After it was all dry (or damp, because I got impatient) I cut tiny holes with an Xacto knife and pushed the lights through. It’s hanging from the ceiling by two large paperclips-turned-hooks.
Light Up Yarn-ado.


I had these umbrellas hanging last year over the computers.


Easy to make window treatments… I do not enjoy sewing 15 yards of fabric for valances, so this year, I decided to use foam core, tulle, and a little bit of blue paint.

Room View 1I posted a few more photos in a Flickr set.  All of the posters I have hanging and the norms are free to download.

I still have a few more things to hang, a couple of things to print, and some major organizational things to tackle “behind the scenes.”  But, isn’t there always MORE to do?   Next week I will share my other classroom, which is a thinking theme, too… just not a “Brainstorm!” :)

Good luck to everyone who is starting or has just started school this week!

Krissy Venosdale
Krissy Venosdale
Forever Learner. Collaborator. Sharpie Collector. Poster Maker. Eternal Optimist. I still wish on stars.


  1. Amy says:

    Quit being so awesome.

  2. I LOVE your bulletin boards!!

  3. Victoria says:

    WOW. You showed me up with all the creative elements. I cannot say I have gone this far as of yet. Plus, I do not think we can have lights in our classroom this year! Besides that, though, this is awesome. You’re making me want to build a pop-out rocket model to put up in my classroom now. :) I was expecting all kinds of awesomeness.

    And you still have yet another room to show!


  4. Wow! I want to be in your class!

  5. Jennifer says:

    This is something! I’m sure your kids will love it! Lucky kids.

    Lifelong Learning

  6. Sara says:

    Love it Krissy! So cool!

  7. INCREDIBLE!! I am not surprised it looks this amazing—this is jaw-droppingly gorgeous!!! Your kids are going to flip :) I’m off to look at the rest of your album. Thank you for sharing these pictures, you are such an inspiration to me.

  8. Ashle says:

    AWESOME!!!! That has got to be one of the cutest, most original classrooms I have ever seen. What fun!!!

  9. vanessa says:

    AWESOME! Love every bit of it!

  10. justmj says:

    This is sooo creative! I’d “borrow” a few ideas, but we can’t use xmas lights in our district. Great job!

  11. Crystal says:

    Absolutely stunning!!! Your class is so lucky!

  12. Crystal says:

    I love your norms posters! I love them so much I made a set of my own, en français, for my class! Thank you for the inspiration!

  13. Angela says:

    Absolute best website EvEr! I’m gonna try to R & D (rip off and duplicate) your rocket from last year!!! Love it and thanks for sharing. Have you ever done a cute panda theme?

  14. Courtney says:

    WOW! This is so impressive! I can’t stop looking at all your beautiful pictures! I love the posters you shared. How did you print them out that large for your classroom? I would love to do the same.

    • Krissy Venosdale Krissy says:

      I got them printed at Costco. You can send the files online and pick them up in store. It is great because you get them the same day and it is only 5.99 for a 16×20 and 8.99 for a 20×30.
      Thanks so much for commenting,

  15. Sara says:

    Thank you so much! I just put up your norms posters in my room and they look amazing! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that you’re willing to share your materials!

  16. These are freakin’ amazing!!

  17. Aerin says:

    Uh, what the first commenter said. Quit being so awesome.

  18. Kimberly says:

    I keep seeing your tornado image on Google and Pinterest, but just finally tracked it down to your site. What an awesome display you created for your classroom! My 8 year old son has a love affair with science and would love to be a student in your room. Thanks so much for sharing how you went about putting it together; he wants to try to recreate a smaller version for his upcoming STEM Fair project on tornadoes.

  19. katie says:

    I love these ideas so much! Simply amazing!!

    Do I have your permission to pin them on my pinterest board?

  20. Tammy says:

    Wow! Do you hire out? : )

  21. Juli says:

    What color of yard did you use to wrap the cardboard. Black or grey??

  22. Laura says:

    I love your ideas. I’m a math science 5th grade teacher and these fit soooo well in my classroom. They’re very cute, but still have that upper elementary edge to them.

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  24. Peggy says:

    What walls with inspiration look like. Thanks for inspiring me!

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  26. Carol says:

    Finally, I found a classroom decor I LOVE! Thanks so much for sharing…..I will be using this in my computer lab for higher order thinking skills. Keep sharing, please!

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