Last week was the kids' book fair and I was lucky enough to co-chair the event with my dear friend, Pernille. There is so much planning and time spent before, during, and after the event but seeing the sheer joy in the eyes of the children, as they stream in and peruse all the colorful books, make it all worthwhile. Here is a few things we did to decorate it.
The tissue paper flowers were easy to make and you can find the tutorial here. The paper chain was created with paper from the school and a stapler. I die cut letters with my Cricut to spell out the quote, "A book is a gift you can open again and again. Garrison Keillor". We had the kids color the guitars at the book fair, then we cut them out and taped them up around the quote.
We put up flyers of all the kid prizes on the wall. I added some paper rosettes (tutorial here) and die cut a few scalloped circles with the letters for "Prizes" on my Cricut.
Our teachers put all the books they would like to have in their classrooms in these magazine holders. I got these for a steal at Ikea (5 for $1.99). I also die cut the "Teacher Wish List" letters and Pernille made the cool sombrero in the top left corner. My kindergartner and I also made about 10 tacos made out of tissue paper, paint, and paper plates. You can see one peeking out right above the parrot in the above picture. You can find this easy tutorial here.
This cactus was my labor of love that took me weeks to make, though it was very easy to do. I would add tissue squares to the cardboard as I watched TV in the evenings. I used about a bottle and a half of Elmer's Glue.
This faux piñata was also created by Pernille using paper that the school had. I just thought this was such an awesome addition to our walls and added a lot of ambiance.
She also made some huge peppers to randomly hang around the book fair.
This is Pernille's AMAZING entrance. She is so talented!!!
I think her sun medallion is my favorite decoration.
We had a table out where the kids could read, color, and write down their scavenger hunt answers. It was a very popular place, as you can imagine.
We tied these cute tags to water bottles and gave them to everyone who came to the Teacher Sneak Peak. We had another tag attached to water bottles for all our volunteers that read, "Thanks for helping our children quench their "thirst" for reading."
Here's a photo of the main area of the the book fair. I loved the bright, cheerful colors :) You can also check out my Pinterest Fiesta Themed Book Fair Ideas board, for more ideas.
Now that the book fair is over, we are focused on the end of the year and our 5th grader's "promotion" to middle school. I can't believe it's gone by so quickly. I feel so lucky to have been able to have been a part of it and am so blessed that I get to do it all again with my kindergartener.
Have a wonderful weekend!