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Cubbies and Bookshelves

Our room used to be the school's library so it has a ton of built in bookshelves and cubbies. Well these bookshelves are old and ugly brown.


So we use bulletin board paper as backings. It takes a lot of tape to keep them up but they typically last an entire school year. We did have one come down right before Christmas this past year. On the last day of school Heather and I had to empty our room so the floors could be cleaned. We decided to go ahead and take this time to take down the old bulletin board papers as well. Most were drawn on, ripped, and needed to be replaced (the above photo was taken after this occured). Our shelves luckily are the perfect width and bulletin board paper fits perfectly in each section. Each center/cubbie section had a different color.

Here are two of our boys hiding in their cubbies. They love their cubbies. They know to put anything of theirs in their cubbie and they are also a comfort spot for them. They sit in them quite frequently, especially when mad/wanting to be alone. This day, an early day in June, they were playing. Each child has their own cubbie with a shelve above and below. They have a nametag tapped to the bottom of the cubby which I change four or five times a year. At the beginning of the year they colored crayon patterns. For Halloween/fall they had pumpkins. For winter they had either a snowman or a penguin. In February they painted hearts for them and in March they painted shamrocks. For the spring I colored the ones in the picture, 10 green frogs sitting on green lillypads. I think I used up every green marker we have. They liked coming back from school and seeing something different in their cubbies and comparing what they each had. Beneath their cubby on the shelf we put their bag of extra clothing. Not all of them bring extra clothes. On the shelf above is where we put papers, etc. that we haven't gotten a chance to put in their bookbags.

The smiley faces to be explained at a further time.


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Jun. 21st, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
That's so neat! You really know how to make use of your classroom surroundings. I love changing things up for each season as well.

By the way, your boys are adorable! It's always good to have a comfort spot. ^.^
Jun. 21st, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
=) well because of what our room is we have to change the decorations quite frequently but we all get bored with the same things so it's fun to do it.

The boys, my they are energetic. They aren't going to know what to do with the girls we'll have this summer!
AlittleSun ChildCare
Apr. 18th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
I was wondering since cubbies and shelving is so expensive is there a guide to making the cubbies?
Apr. 18th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: Nice
Hmmm I don't know. I don't think it would be too difficult but you would want to make sure they were sturdy, not just for safety concerns but so that they last. I know my kids are extremely rough on everything we have. Most cataloges I have seen give you the measurements so I should think looking at their examples and having a good carpenter would work. I do know I love the shelves above and below our cubbies. The shelves above store things that need to go home and the shelves below hold changes of clothes. They also serve as cubbies when we need more than the 18 (I think) verticle ones.
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