30 Amazing End of the Year Award Ideas

End of the Year Award Ideas

You’re in the home stretch and there’s a lot to do in the classroom to wrap up the end of another amazing school year. Don’t forget to celebrate all the achievements your students have made throughout the year. Present each student with a Certificate of Achievement Award during a classroom award ceremony. To make your students feel extra special, you could present each student with an individualized award that celebrates their best character trait, or best skill. Here are 30 award ideas for a memorable end of the school year award ceremony.

Math Award Super Student

Most Spirited Award
Peacemaker Award
Super Speller Award
Technology Whiz Award
Super Scientist Award
Good Reader Award
Aspiring Author Award
Perfect Penmanship Award
Amazing Artist Award
Master of Math Award
Queen/King of Crafts Award
Music Master Award
Good Leader Award
Classroom Comedian Award
Fashionista Award
Big Helper Award
Good Friend Award
Sunshine Award
Helping Hand Award
Best Manners Awards
Sportsmanship Award
Mother Earth Award
Problem-Solver Award
Most Creative Award
Good Friend Award
Organization King/Queen Award
Clean Up King/Queen Award
Perfect Attendance Award
Humanitarian Award Award

See more awards and incentives here.

We Were Born to Sparkle Bulletin Board

Student Work Display Bulletin Board

This We Were Born to Sparkle Bulletin Board is the perfect way to display student work, especially as we gear towards the end of the school year.  Your students work hard on lessons and projects every day. They will truly love seeing their hard work displayed on the classroom sparkle board.  This bulletin board displays how students are expressing themselves and is a central spot for student to feel encouraged and motivated by their own work.

To recreate this bulletin board you will need various classroom decorations:

Smart Start 1-2 Story Paper
Glitter Clothespins
Chevron Name Tags/Labels – Multi-Pack
5″ Bling Letters with Jewels
Multi Bright Stitch 4″ Fun Font Letters
Big Bold Black & White Create & Decorate
Black & White Chevrons and Dots Straight Border Trim


DIY Spring Decorations: Paper Bunny Lantern

DIY paper bunny lanterns

Spring is officially in full swing, and we’ve got a case of spring fever! Time to swap out the winter classroom decorations for bunnies, flowers and bright colors. This Paper Bunny Lantern activity is the perfect project for students to welcome Spring. We used Pink Wild Moroccan Paper Lanterns as the main inspiration for this spring activity.

Wild Moroccan Paper Lanterns
White foam Sheet (1)
Pink felt (1)
Craft Sticks (3)
5” Bling Letters with Jewels
Black Pipe Cleaners (3)
Googly Eyes (2)
Pink Pom Poms (1)
18” of White Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun

DIY Spring Decorations Paper Bunny Lantern


Bunny Paper Lantern Head & Body

  1. Draw and cut out a bunny head and bunny feet. Big & Easy Patterns: Holidays and Seasons has a great bunny pattern to use as a template.
  2. Cut pink felt to create the inside of the bunny ears.
  3. Glue on two googly eyes using the hot glue gun.
  4. Glue pink pompom as the nose using hot glue gun.
  5. Take the 3 pipe cleaners and cut into 5” pieces. Twist in the middle and glue the center using a hot glue gun.
  6. Turn the bunny head over and glue one craft stick to the bottom horizontally. Glue two more crafts sticks in a V shape. This will help hold the bunny head up.
  7. Add a drop of glue on each end of the horizontal craft stick and attached to the top of the wire on the paper lantern.
  8. Tie white ribbon into a bow and glue at the top lantern.

Bunny Feet

  1. Cut two 4” ovals out of white foam.
  2. Cut two 2” ovals out of pink felt for the paws.
  3. Cut six .5” circles out of pink felt for the paws.
  4. Glue all pink felt pieces onto the white foam.
  5. Glue white foam to the bottom of the paper lantern

Have each student create their own paper bunny lantern. Hang them from the ceiling or create a spring lawn in your classroom using Easter grass, and Easter eggs. Add purple or any pastel colored paper in the background and use 5” Bling Letters with Jewels to spell out “Happy Spring”. It makes for grade spring activity and doubles as a great area to take spring photos.

Want more spring projects and ideas? See how to make these cool Egg Carton Caterpillars.



11 Ways to Spot a Leprechaun & Activity Ideas

st. patricks day class activity

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Share these fun leprechaun facts with students and pair them with activities to get their creative minds going.

Leprechaun Facts
Would you like to meet a leprechaun? First, you have to find one. Here are some facts about leprechauns that may help. But be careful! Leprechauns like to play tricks on people.

1) Leprechauns are fairies
2) They are old men with beards
3) They are about two feet tall
4) Their job is to make shoes
5) They have pots of gold coins
6) They hide their pots of gold at the ends of rainbows
7) They can be grumpy
8) They wear hats and green clothes
9) They wear shoes with buckles
10) They live in the woods
11) They can do magic

Activity Ideas

Drawing: Use the facts above to draw a picture of a leprechaun. Make sure your picture shows where he lives. Show the leprechaun doing his work.

Writing Prompt: If I met a leprechaun and had three wishes, I would wish for.

Speaking & Listening: Have students listen to Irish Folk Music and Instruments and discuss the different types on instruments.

Shamrock Word Families Activity: Add a St. Patrick’s day twist to this classic fluency activity

Shamrock Potato Print Stamps: All you need is a potato, cookie cutter & paint for this fun art activity

For more St. Patrick’s Day and holiday activities, see Celebrating Holidays: Reading, Writing & Hands-on Activities