It can be difficult trying to figure out how to display student work in cute and creative ways throughout the school year. If you are having trouble figuring out a fun and easy way to display student work, then this post is for YOU!
This display will make each of your students take great pride in what they complete. They will absolutely love showing off all their hard work and effort. My students loved our display for student work and honestly, kids from other classrooms enjoyed it too.
It is fairly easy to set up and can easily be reused year after year. It is also something that you can easily prep during the summer and have everything ready to go. What is not to love?!
Watch Student Work Display
Want to see a quick video about this? When you are done scroll down for more details.
Materials Needed to Display Student Work
- foam sheets or file folders
- clothes clip art
- hands template (see below)
- paper or card stock
- clothes pins
- laminating pouches
Preparing to Display Student Work
- First you will need to print and cut the hands template (shown below).
- Next, you will trace the hands either onto file folders or foam sheets. You will need to do this for each kid in your class.
3. Next you will glue a clothespin to the end of each hand. I found it best to glue the clothespin on the side that has markings from where you traced.
4. Next print off clothes clip art or an image from the Internet. For this post I used Whimsy Clips, but there are many options to pick from. Print out the clothes and laminate for extra durability.
When teaching, my classroom had a zoo theme. I found a cute zookeeper outfit online using only the shirt and shorts. Find what works with your taste and classroom theme.
(If you use the clipart above or something similar here are the exact dimensions that I used: Make the pink shirt dimensions 6.6 height by 8.18 width. Make the green shirt dimensions 8.54 height by 8.22 width. Make all shorts 4.93 height by 6.2 width.)
After you get the clothes printed, attach the shirt and shorts together and laminate for extra durability.
5. Glue hands to the clothes. You will want the clothespin to be hidden behind the hands once the display is all set up so glue accordingly.
Before the school year began, I had the kids set up in the hallway (like picture above). When spacing the first few, I made sure that I had enough room to clip a large piece of construction paper sideways. Obviously, you may not have that much space. Just do what works for you and your classroom.
I found the best way to attach the kids to the wall was using Removable Mounting Squares. They can withstand the weight and last throughout the school year. They can also easily be removed without making a mess and/or tearing up paint from the surface it was attached to.
I took head shots of all my kids the first week of school. You will want them to be quite large so adjust using PowerPoint or a similar program. I usually make the faces huge so that they fill the entire 8.5 x 11 inch page. I think it makes it look funny and the kids LOVE it. All that is left is to print them out the faces and laminate.
Once the heads are cut out, attach them to the bodies and your student display is ready to go!
As your students compete work, you can have them hang it up for all of their friends to see.
Even though there it takes a little bit of time to get this display ready to go, I promise that it is definitely worth it!
When you are done with the displays you can store the materials for next year or give the displays to your kids at the end of the school year.
Looking for some products for your student to hold?
Download Your Student Display Template Below!
Can you not find a resource that you would LOVE to have for your classroom? Contact me and I would be happy to make it for you.
Click the picture below to download. You will immediately be redirected to the freebie.
I hope that you and your students enjoy this fun way to display their hard work this year!
I am very challenged when it comes to artistic details. How large did you print the clothes. Also can you make a template for the hands/arms?
Please let me know if you need anything else! I hope my email provided you with everything that you needed. 🙂
I would also love to know what how large the made the outfits, and the arms template would be great as well.
I just added the dimensions and the template to the blog post. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!
How large did you make the kids photos? Can’t wait to do this with my toddlers!!!
You’re welcome to adjust them to fit your needs! I printed them on 8×11 pages.
I cannot find a link to print the arms can you help please
I have searhed and searched your blog and can’t find the template for the arms, please send them
I absolutely love this!! Could you send me the templates also? I’d love to use it for my nursery and kindergarten classes!!
I just added the dimensions and the template to the blog post. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!
We’re did ya find the template elfits would love to use for my pre-schoolers . Could not find it on here please send me the info please thanks .
For copyright reasons, I can’t share the link to the clothes. Please see the information in the post on how I created my clothes.
Absolutely adorable! Did you print the photo heads at home or at the photo lab? They turned out perfectly! I love the little girl’s expression. Thanks for all the details! I have myself a fun project!
Thank you so much! I printed them at home and then laminated them. It turned out fine doing that, but I’m sure they would look even better if printed out at a photo lab. Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Do I purchase the clothes and templates?
What size would you print the photo’s? 5×7??
Yes. You can use 5×7. I used 8×11.
Hi, I located all items, I found the shirts /pants for boys and blouses/ shirts for the girls. My question is
do I cut the hands from the foam or cardstock, before I run outside to pick up the balance of my material.
thanks so much this is awsome
I like to use card stock! I hope that helps.
Where did you find all the items?? Please direct me…Thanks
The link to the arms is at the bottom of the post. The link to download and purchase the clothes is also in the post but you can click here too: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Clothing-Clip-Art-977495
Nice idea 🙂
I am not very good about making shirts and shorts, if you used a template could you send me the link
I’m sorry, for copyright reasons I cannot send you the link.
So adorable!! Did you have templates for the clothes?
I’m sorry for copyright reasons I cannot share the direct link for the clothes.
I was gonna say also how to print out the clothes. I know a lot of my teacher friends would love this!
I’m sorry for copyright reasons I can’t share the direct link to create the clothes. Please see the information in this post on how I made my clothes!
When I click “download”, I only get the template for the arms. Can you direct me to the rest please? Thanks.
Please see the information in the post on how I created my clothes. Thanks!
I love this ? As I work with slightly older chn I might get them to make their own clothes but keep the same principles – brilliant!
That is a fantastic idea!
How do you get the hands template? When I click on it I just get the option to Pin it to PInterest.
For copyright reasons I cannot share the direct download, but the Pin will give you an idea of how to create your own. Thanks!
Thank you so much for sharing this adorable idea! Would you happen to have the boy/girl short/shirts available via TpT? I have been trying to make my own using free clipart on line and I am really making a mess!
I’m sorry I don’t have any on TpT! I’ll add that to my list of products to make. Thanks for the idea!
What do you suggest for making this inclusive for my black and brown students? The arm pieces in particular I am referring to.
You can use different colored card stock to represent the different students in your class!
I hope your students love their display!
Hi! If I take a regular 4×6 photo of just the student’s face, would it look right?
I think it would!
I wonder if you have options for kids with darker skin tones? There are multicultural tempera paint sets so that the arms don’t have to be all white (or manila folder colored.) They include skin-tone colors such as bronze, brown, mahogany, peach, olive, terra cotta, beige and tan. I think it’s a great idea and adding these paints could make it more inclusive. Thanks for posting!
You can use multicolored card stock to represent the different children in your class! I hope that helps!
thumbs up to you, Autumn! I was looking all over for a comment about those “one color fits all” arms.
Is there a template for the arms?
Yes, if you scroll down on the blog post you will see a download button.
I can’t seem to find the hand template. Is there a trick to it?
Hello! If you scroll down to the bottom of the post, you will click the download button. You will need to enter your email address and then you can get the hands template. Enjoy! ?
What a great idea! I’m going to do this of my grandkids. They’re always bringing me pictures to hang on my fridge.
I’m so glad you can find it helpful!
I love this idea!!!!
Thank you so much!
These are perfect for Star Student as well!
Yes! Great idea!
I wish your example included diverse students.
Hi Sandra! You are more than welcome to purchase different colored paper or foam mats. I was using my own kids and family for purposes of showing how I did it. Thanks!
Such a cute idea! I Drew shirts, pants, and dresses and copied them on plain white card stock so that the children can decorate and color their own outfit on the first day of school. Cant wait to see how they turn out.
I love this and I will try it
I hope you enjoy!
I so want to do this in my class.
I hope you love it!
I just put the body and arms together. Can’t wait to get photos of my students so I can complete these and hang them in my classroom. So adorable. Thank you for sharing your idea!!!
I love this! Thank you for sharing this. How did you search for the zoo themed outfits? I’m doing a super hero theme & I would love to do this with super hero outfits!
Hello! I simply googled zoo outfits and then I saved the picture and sized it accordingly. There are so many fun options!
Could you please send me the templates? Many thanks
You can download the hands template at the bottom of the post. Click the button that says “Click to download.”
Hi. I have downloaded the pdf converter but every time I try to click on the green download button it keeps bringing me back to that, and won’t take me to the file with the hand template. Any way to send it to me via email? Many thanks. This is so adorable!
Is there a template for the boy and girl clothing for the Display Students work? I was able to download the hands but it would be great to have the clothes. Thanks for your help.
I share a little about how I made the clothes template, but for copy right purposes I can’t share the direct link.
I hope your students love their display!
Do you have a template of the clothes. I love the outfits you used.
Sorry, I don’t have a clothes template, but there are instructions on how to find clothes and make them to fit your display!
What program did you use to size the pictures?
I used PowerPoint to resize the pictures for my example!
I did get the pdf file for the arms but need to get the clothing link to download.
HELP please waiting for this
The clothes can be purchased or created. I’m sorry I do not have a download for the clothing.
I hope your students enjoy!
Where can you purchase them?? Also I don’t find the download for the arms???
The link for the arms is at the bottom of the post. Here’s the link for the clothes: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Clothing-Clip-Art-977495 Hope that helps!
I made these for my daycare students and the kids and parents absolutely love them! Thanks for the fantastic idea!!!
Yay!!! I am so glad that everyone loved it. My students ALWAYS thought it was the best thing ever.
Hello! i love this!! how can i get the template for the body? i was able to download the hands but i cant seem to find the body part??
Due to copyright restrictions you have to purchase the clipart and make it yourself. I have the link for where you can purchase the clothes in the post. Thanks!
Thanks for the information and your useful ideas. I have been trying to make my own using free clipart on line and I am really making a mess. Thanks for the sharing this over here.
You’re welcome! Enjoy!
I am not seeing a link to be able to print the hands template for this project. Can you direct me to it please?
Thank you for sharing!
I just emailed you the link. Enjoy!
I can’t find the template of the arms to download. I see the same photo of the arms and the video but I can’t find a file that I can actually download to use. Would you be able to post it or email it to me? I love this idea and would love to use it this school year. I think the students would really love it too! Thank you!
Hello! I just sent you the link. Check your email 😉 Enjoy!
Download links not working for me; where can I access arms and clothes for this project? Please advise. Thanks!
Just sent you the link! Check your email 😉
Can I also get the link for the arms?
Sure! There’s a click here to download button at the very bottom of the post that will take you to the arms!
I cannot find the arms link to download
There’s a click here to download button at the very bottom of the post that will take you to the arms!
Hi Jennifer! I am so excited to use this in my hallway display for KG. I purchased and downloaded the Whimsy Clips and I’m struggling with how you changed the dimensions. I see that you put the exact dimensions (THANK YOU!) but I think I am technologically challenged because when I click on “Change Size” and try to input the width, it automatically adjusts the height and I can’t change it. What am I doing wrong?! And did you just print it on regular size printer paper or did you enlarge it on the photocopier?
Also, I cannot download the arms for some reason. Would you mind emailing it to me? 🙂
Thanks again for sharing this idea… I know it will be a hit!
I am so sorry that you are having issues with the editable fields. There are two things that can usually cause this.
1) Adobe Acrobat is not updated.
2) The font for the resource needs to be downloaded and installed in order for you to get the correct font. Here is a great article on how you can do this.
I now have new software that allows me to embed the fonts into the PDF so you do not have to download the fonts. I hope to get this done sometime soon and will send an email to my list letting people know when everything is updated.
Again, I am sorry for the inconvenience and I hope that this helps.
Would you be able to send me the link for the arms template please? I tried downloading and it did not work for me. Thank you so much!
Hi there Elena, so sorry for the late replay. We were having some technical issues so the download should be working now 🙂 Please let me know if it’s not and I’ll get it emailed to you.
I could not find the hand’s template.
The link is at the bottom of the post…click on the download now button. 🙂
Hello. I clicked on the download button for the arms but still don’t see the template. Can you please email it to me? Thank you.
Hi there, after entering your information the download will be sent to your email. It may go to other folders or even spam. Hope you enjoy!
I love this project however I cannot find the link for the hands template?
Hi there Angela, I’m so happy you like this activity. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you’ll see a button that says click here to download. Hope you enjoy it!
I don’t see the template for hands : (
Hi there Tristan,
At the bottom of the page you’ll see the Download here button. Hope you enjoy it!
I cant find a way to print the arms template! Help! 🙂
Diana M Stockfisch
Is the measurement for the clothing in Inches?
Can you please send me the arms template?
Hi, I cannot get the download link to work. I would love this resource!
Hi guys if you want to download the cloths click the like below:
Thanks for that link me and my students are so happy
Could you please send me a link for the arms. I have tried to request it via the download button but I must be doing something wrong. Thank you for this printable and awesome bulletin board.
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