If you have a small child in pre-school, kindergarten, or first grade, chances are you might be faced with the task of making him or her a Star of the Week or Star Student poster. What’s a Star of the Week Poster? It’s an opportunity for your little kiddo to introduce himself or herself to the class through a poster. Hopefully you will get some lead time on this task because, if you are like me and have 1,000 great shareable photos of your child, it can be a challenge. So far I’ve had to make two Star of the Week or Star Student posters, but I’m pretty sure I’ll have to do it again once school starts. So, I put together my own formula that I just repeat each year. What a huge task – to put your kid’s entire little life on a poster. Here are two of my best Star of the Week poster ideas.
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If it’s not Star of the Week, it might be Student of the Week or Star Student, Star of the Week or All About Me. There are tons of images of these posters online, but if you are wondering what do I put on a Star of the Week Poster, here is a little formula I put together for a great poster, no matter what it’s called.
STAR OF THE WEEK POSTER IDEAS FORMULA
STEP ONE: PICK A THEME & COLOR SCHEME
If you are wondering how to come up with a Star of the Week Poster ideas, be sure to get your child involved and pick a theme that your child loves or chooses like Frozen or Super Heroes. For my daughter’s kindergarten Star of the Week Poster, she chose Frozen as her theme. My son chose super heroes for his pre-school Star Student poster. Then, put together a color scheme based on your theme. You can make a trip to Michael’s or the nearest craft supply store to pick out pretty coordinating paper and letter stickers, but you can pull it off with construction paper you have stuffed in a drawer as well. I like working with pretty paper and this assignment is right up my alley, so I headed to Michael’s, of course.
STEP TWO: GATHER YOUR PHOTOS
This is harder and harder these days since most of our photos are electronic and not already printed out waiting to be glued to a poster. I regularly import my photos to Lightroom, so I simply create a collection and gather the photos. Then, have your photos printed at your favorite printer. I prefer professionally printed photos with a matte finish. I recommend MPIX.COM for printing photos. They print a much higher quality print than you would get at a local Walgreens. So, if you have enough time to plan ahead for this project, definitely plan time for ordering and shipping good quality photos.
List of photos to include on Star Student Posters:
- Newborn photo and a photo from each birthday the child has had
- One family photo of the child’s immediate family
- One family photo of the child’s father’s family
- One family photo of the child’s mother’s family
- Photos of the child with siblings
- Photos of the child in his or her favorite places or on vacations they really loved
- Photos of the child doing things they enjoy like playing sports or playing on the playground
- Photos of pets
For both posters, I printed the birthday photos in a smaller size, backed them with some pretty paper and displayed them in chronological order at the top. The rest of the poster has family photos, our pets at the time, siblings on the beach, and favorite activities at the time – swinging, swimming, doing the monkey bars, pretending to be a Power Ranger.
STEP THREE: LAY IT ALL OUT ON THE POSTER BOARD
Lay out your photos on your poster board and design your layout before gluing. Make sure you have your child’s name prominently displayed. If you don’t have room for your child’s name, you can design an off the poster solution. With the Frozen poster, I printed images from online onto regular printer paper and glued it onto poster board, cut them out and attached them to the top of the poster along with an arch to hold her name. Personally, I thought this was a genius idea and it left much more room on the actual poster for pictures.
STEP FOUR: ATTACH IT ALL TO THE POSTER BOARD
Before you start attaching everything to your Star of the Week Poster, make sure you have the right adhesive. I love rubber cement and glue dots. Rubber cement is better than glue because it doesn’t wrinkle your photos or paper as it dries. Glue dots are one of the best inventions of modern times, but be sure you have plenty on hand. You don’t want this masterpiece falling apart as your child carries it to class. More is glue dots are always better.
STEP FIVE: LABEL YOUR PHOTOS AND ADD EMBELLISHMENTS
To really engage your audience, label your photos with small letter stickers. You can put them right on the photo. I labeled the family photos and any phots that I thought could use a little explanation. Finally, fill in your blank spaces with stickers or other embellishments that go with the theme. On the Frozen Star Student Poster, we added snowflakes. On the super hero poster, we added super hero stickers.
Now, if you really want to send your Star Student poster over the edge (and maybe the teacher as well), add a voice recorder. I added one on my daughter’s kindergarten Frozen poster. It was just a little device that let us record a short clip of her singing Let It Go. When you pushed the button on the poster, it would play her singing. I thought it was super cute and made the poster more interactive. Apparently the kids also loved it and pushed the button too much for the teacher. If you go this route, here is a voice recorder I found that would work.
These Star Student posters are big assignments, but my kids had fun helping me choose their theme and photos. I had a little more lead time on the first poster than the second. So, luckily I had my formula and I knew exactly what I was doing on the second one. If you get tasked with a Star of the Week, Star Student, Student of the Week or All About Me poster, you’ll know just what to do.
MORE ABOUT MOM CAN DO ANYTHING
If you liked this project, check out all the photography equipment I used to take these photos here. You can also see how I took the family portraits I used on the posters here. Since these Star of the Week or Star Student posters were done, I have completed another one! Check out my most recent Star of the Week poster featuring Darth Vader here. I’ve also completed some other fun school projects with my kids, like this t-shirt we made for 100 days of school and a super fun clay diorama featuring pueblos.
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