They're great as they are however the colours are a bit limited (my IKEA only had white ones) so I chose to decorate my mine to jazz them up a bit and suit my classroom style. Keep reading to learn how you can do these too!
1) If you want yours to be a different colour, you're going to need to spray paint them! I chose a spray paint that was designed for plastics so it didn't disintegrate on me! I found that one can was just enough to give all 6 frames 2 coats each, although I probably wasted a lot due to the very windy weather we were having in England; most of my paint drifted away into the air... #sorryatmosphere
At first I sprayed the base and the frame separately but then I found it a bit of a tight squeeze screwing it back together once the paint had dried, so for the rest of them I sprayed them as a one whole unit and it worked just fine!
2) That alone might look good and you can just leave it there, but if like me you want your stations colour coded but don't want to spend £40 on a range of different spray paints, then you can decorate a little further with some washi tape! The "regular" washi tape is thick enough to cover the whole sides of these, but as I had gone through the effort of spray painting them I didn't want to cover them up completely.
3) I chose to just put the washi tape just across the top and bottom of the frames, but you could also do the sides too!
Now something to note about this tape, it is completely gorgeous but it's also quite thin, and considering the dark base they were going onto, I decided to double up to get a richer pop of colour!
You can see the difference in the photo on the right: the top bar has 2 layers and the bottom only has one:
- State the lesson's learning objective
- Identify keywords for the lesson
- Show the names of the members in each group
- Provide a clear to do list for the lesson
- Give extension work or support for differentiation
- Explain an exit ticket task for students to summarise their learning
Using stations and centres in the classroom is an excellent way to encourage independent learning and collaboration in your lessons. Having the cute signs makes organisation more effective an ultimately makes everyone really happy!
How do you currently use centres or stations in your classroom? Leave a comment below!