Friday, June 3, 2011

Jungle / Safari Themed Classrooms

  • animal print fabric
  • solid color fabric or paper in neutral colors like tans, greens and browns

  • faux foliage vines (often available at Dollar Tree)

  • use animal print duct tape as a bulletin board border or to help make classroom items better complement your theme
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  • Welcome Board: Swinging into ___ Grade, Welcome to the Jungle, Welcome to __ Grrrrrrade
  • Student Work Board: Wildly Wonderful Work, No Lion...This is Some Grrrreat Work, SSSSSSSensational Work (with a snake)
  • Job Chart: Spotted: Classroom Helpers, Hunting for Helpers, Jungle Jobs
  • Birthday Chart: Born to be Wild
  • Any Board: Wild About ___, Bananas Over ___, Making Tracks in ___
  • fake foliage
  • stuffed animals
  • safari hats
  • binoculars
  • use animal-print pillow cases to create comfy reading opportunities
  • invest in one item that will really make a statement like the rug below
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  • roll up green paper to make vines
  • use the song, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" as a transition
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  • create a PRIDE board with lion images and let kids use it to hang up their choice work using patterned felt or scrapbook paper

This bundle contains 34 coordinating products that will allow you to design an amazing, personalized beach themed classroom for very little cost. The bundle includes several editable files so you may use your own fonts and colors to customize nameplates, cubby labels, name tags, binder covers, newsletters, dismissal cards, schedule cards and more. You'll receive all of the items shown below:


Click to visit the Classroom Themes Page featuring free ideas for almost 40 of the most popular classroom themes and color schemes.

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Throughout the month of June, I am going to run a Classroom Theme Series and feature a different popular classroom theme each day. Themes are a great way to tie everything in your classroom just have to be careful not to let them clutter your classroom :) Today we are going to go on get out our binoculars and get a closer look at safari/jungle/explorer themes!

My 50 Page Jungle-Safari Themed Classroom Kit is now available in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. It includes all of the following items shown in the sample pictures below, plus more! Click here to view the kit.

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This was my classroom at the start of this school year.

I was able to find some borders and bulletin board items locally (Lakeshore, Staples and Dollar Tree) but I made a lot of the stuff myself. The things that I made can be found here: Littlest Learners SAFARI / JUNGLE THEMED CLASSROOM PRINTABLES KIT

I've debated what to call this theme. I think I've decided to just call it a "wild animal" theme. I suppose jungle, safari, rainforest or adventure would also apply. The monkeys are my favorite part.

Go on Safari in other classrooms:

Monkey-Themed Classroom Photos: There's lots of stuff here that would be cute with the jungle theme.

Not only is this classroom tres chic, but it gets extra cool bonus point because everything is written in French. Madame McDonald teaches 4th grade in Canada. She did an amazing job of putting her jungle-themed classroom together.

I heart 3D elements. The safari hat is a great touch!
How lucky are her students to have this great spot for reading? Granted my one year of french back in 7th grade didn't exactly render me fluent, but I'm pretty sure that Hutte translates to hut. :)
It's amazing how something as simple as adding a little raffia skirt to a plant can make such a big impact. Looks great!
See more pictures of this creative classroom (view source).

This Jungle-Themed Kindergarten Classroom is a must-see...I heart the vines and leaves!
There are some cute die cuts in this room.

Oh my gosh...this door is a work of art!
It was created using rolls of animal print paper from Oriental Trading (source).

Jungle-Themed Classroom #1
This Kindergarten teacher has created a cozy reading nook. I love the leaves and vines in her room. View more pictures of her classroom (source)

Jungle-Themed Classroom #2

Jungle-Themed Classroom #3

Jungle-Themed Classroom #4 (I love the giraffe rug!)

Mrs. Johnson's Classroom

Mrs. Nielson sent me a message with a link to her classroom photos. I so heart that tree she made!
Pictures of Jungle Themed Classroom Jungle Theme{source for the next 5 photos}


  1. These are WONDERFUL! I also did a jungle/safari themed classroom. My link is here:

    My Ocean/Beach classroom photos are here:

  2. I did a jungle theme too! I have a picture of my classroom door here at this link:!/photo.php?fbid=540670829779&set=a.540670330779.2050549.61801353&type=1&theater

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas! I will get to implement even MORE jungle/animal print good-ness into my classroom for next year!

  3. Hi! I'm back again: just wanted to let you know that I highlighted your blog and this post and even shared some of my pictures and ideas for next year (my ideas and some of yours that were my favorite)! Check it out!

  4. Hi,
    I recently purchased you safari theme pack. I was wondering if there was any way to edit the wording? I wanted to change the passes to other types.

  5. OMG!!! I just saw my class on this blog (jungle theme) !!! WOW!!! thanks for sharing.
    I love your blog. Keep up the good work:)
    From the French teacher from Canada

  6. Does anyone know what material the Reading Hut is made out from? I would love this for my classroom!!

  7. I love all your safari classroom theme ideas! I was curious...what did you use your "Choose Your Own Adventure Board" for in your classroom? Thanks for sharing!!

  8. I have a jungle themed classroom for second grade. Here is a link to my classroom slideshow

    Check out our class website also.

  9. I've done a jungle-themed classroom for 2 years. Here are some pictures from my first grade room and then my third grade room:

  10. I have a few questions about your jungle package. Would you please e-mail me at

  11. I began using a jungle cat theme this year and can't wait to add some of your ideas! On the "Choose Your Own Adventure" board, what were the plastic containers you covered? I'm thinking it might work for a "Bucket Filler" board that I'm going to add next year. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas!

  12. Where did you find the safari explorer with the binoculars for the bulletin board that says,"Explore PreK"? I also love the jungle animals on this board. What did you put on the white squares below them? Thanks for sharing!! Neat ideas :)

  13. I'm very curious about your "choose your own adventure" board. What was your plan for the board?

  14. Could you tell me where you found your cute safari explorer guy? The guy with the binnoculars.

  15. I was wondering where I could find the cute safari man?

  16. Yes! Please! Where do you find that safari man for on top of the bulletin board!?

  17. Could you tell me where you found your cute safari explorer guy? share info again..
    Desert Safari

  18. I absolutely love this theme and how creative you can get with it! Thank you so much for the fantastic ideas!


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