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Classroom Design: Creating a Jungle or Safari Classroom

Create a jungle themed classroom with these easy tips and ideas!

Looking for a fun and energetic theme to do in your classroom?  Why not try a jungle or safari theme?

This theme fits beautifully into the idea that learning is a fun (and sometimes wild!) adventure.  From primary to upper elementary classrooms, students will be excited to be a part of your tribe!

From animal prints to DIY jungle vines, a jungle or safari theme is easy to put together with a few classroom essentials.

Here are some easy ideas for creating a jungle or safari theme:

Create a jungle themed classroom with these easy tips and ideas!

BULLETIN BOARD AND DISPLAY TITLES:

Create a cohesive theme throughout your bulletin boards and classroom displays with these fun play-on-words:
  • “Wild About ___”
  • “Swing into Room/Grade ___”
  • “Top Banana” (Behavior board)
  • “Reading Safari”
  • “Born to Be Wild” (Birthday display)
  • “Welcome to the Adventure”
  • “Wild Words” (Word Wall)
  • “We’re Bananas About ___”
  • “Hangin’ Out In __” (Include a monkey swinging in a tree)
  • “Welcome to the Jungle”
  • “Rules of the Jungle”
  • “No Lion, Our Work is Great” (Student work display)

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Consider including some of the following items in your classroom to enhance your Jungle or Safari theme:

Animal-Print Fabric for Covering Bulletin Boards
Find this fabric at any craft store like Jo-Ann Fabrics or even Walmart.  Using fabric is much more durable than butcher paper and can last you the whole year (or more!).  It also instantly sets the tone for your theme!

Inflatable Palm Tree
Inflatable palm trees are easy to find and instantly transforms a reading nook, the gathering area, or another special part of your classroom.  Picture students meeting under the palm tree and learning together!  Try this one:
Create a jungle themed classroom with these easy tips and ideas!

Stuffed Jungle Animals
Create a jungle themed classroom with these easy tips and ideas!Collect several jungle stuffed animals and use them as decorations on shelves, desks, or even to be used as reading buddies.  Reward good behavior by letting students keep a jungle friend at their seat for a day.  You can find some here:



Safari Hats
Create a jungle themed classroom with these easy tips and ideas!
Need a great prop for students to wear when sharing their reading or writing?  Want to get students to focus on you?  Why not wear a fun safari hat to add a little pizzazz!   You can grab one for yourself here.  Or you can even get a set for your whole class!  These plastic ones would be perfect if you want a class set.
Create a jungle themed classroom with these easy tips and ideas!


Bamboo
Create a jungle themed classroom with these easy tips and ideas!Give a boring corner a jungle make-over with some bamboo for a quick jungle fix!  You can bunch them together with twine or hot glue them together side by side to create a bamboo "wall".  You can find some here



Pillows with Animal Print Fabric
Grab some animal print pillow cases (or make some yourself) for some comfy learning time.  I love THIS jungle leafy-pillow and it's under $5!
Create a jungle themed classroom with these easy tips and ideas!

Binoculars and/or a Compass
Add some safari essentials to your classroom decor like binoculars and a compass!  Use them as simple decorations and props.  Binoculars make great bookends while hanging a compass on a wall is a quick fix for blank wall space!  Try this set here.
Create a jungle themed classroom with these easy tips and ideas!

OTHER IDEAS:


  • Create vines to hang from the ceiling using brown craft paperCreate a jungle themed classroom with these easy tips and ideas!
  • Use green construction paper to create large leaves to place on walls and hang from the ceiling to mimic large jungle leaves 
  • Use leaf garland (make your own, or get some here) as bulletin board borders


PRINTABLE JUNGLE SAFARI CLASSROOM ESSENTIALS:

Create a jungle themed classroom with these printable decor essentials
From classroom management tools, to bulletin board pieces, to hall passes and more - find your complete Jungle Safari-themed Classroom Essentials MEGA PACK HERE to complete your themed look.


MORE DECOR TO COMPLETE YOUR LOOK:

Create a jungle themed classroom with these printable decor essentials

Create a jungle themed classroom with these printable decor essentials

Create a jungle themed classroom with these printable decor essentials

Create a jungle themed classroom with these printable decor essentials


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