Poster Printers: 5 Creative Ways to Use Them in Your Classroom

As a teacher, you always look for ways to make learning fun and engaging for your students. One great way to do this is by using a poster printer to create custom posters for your classroom. Posters are incredibly versatile and serve many purposes, from displaying classroom rules to showcasing historical events, science experiments, book reviews, and inspirational quotes. 

Let’s explore five creative ways to use a poster printer in your classroom and how it can help keep your students engaged and motivated. So, let’s get started!

1. Classroom Rules 

Learning and remembering your classroom rules doesn’t need to be boring. Bland white posters with black lettering are unlikely to catch or hold your students’ attention, especially if you teach easily distractable younger children. 

So, keep them intrigued by creating posters that display your classroom rules and expectations in a creative way. Add fun elements to keep things interesting and help the rule board catch your students’ eyes. 

For example, if you teach science, you could add cartoon beakers, test tubes, thermometers, and other elements. Or, if you teach language arts, add a splash of intrigue by adding book cartoons, some open and others closed, with funny or artsy cartoons popping out of the “open” books. 

Hang them in a prominent place so students are reminded of them throughout the day, like by the door, at the front of the class, or next to a reading corner. 

2. Historical Events

Posters are an excellent tool for history teachers. As you progress through the school year, use posters to show which part of history and historical events you focus on. Add real photos or cartoons of significant historical figures alongside a fun fact to help the information stick. 

You could even design posters with a map outlining your journey through a historical era. Create a design similar to a game board, with different stops along the way. Add a thumbtack with a “We’re Here” banner to signify where you are in the lesson and keep your students on track. 

Not only will this help your students learn about important events, but it will also add color and interest to your classroom.

3. Science Experiments

The science classroom is another great place to use posters. Create posters that display the steps of a science experiment or explain a scientific concept. 

For example, if your students are learning about reactions between certain chemicals, use a poster to break apart the steps and why they happen. Suppose you teach your students about the reaction between baking soda and vinegar or the classic “volcano” experiment. You could use a poster to show the steps of the reaction by using an exploded view of the volcano, with little blurbs marking each step of the reaction. 

This can be an excellent way to break down the information into easily digestible bits your students can understand. 

4. Book Reviews

Do you teach language arts or English? Use your posters to enhance the reading experience! Encourage your students to create posters that review books they have read. Hang them up in the classroom library to help other students decide which books to read next.

Or, if having your students create posters is an overwhelming thought, have them submit forms after reading their favorite books. For example, you could add a sleeve of ready-made forms that ask for the title, overview, and why they liked the story. Have your students submit the forms to another folder, then choose one book review each week to feature. 

5. Inspirational Quotes

Adding a splash of motivation can be the perfect way to finish a classroom. Create posters that feature your favorite motivational or inspirational quotes or those that mean the most to you. Rotate the quotes as you like, adding or moving them to keep your students intrigued. You could even rotate a quote at a focal point in your classroom every week and start each Monday with a quick focus on the quote and what it means to your students. 

Not only will this help to create a positive classroom culture, but it will also give your students something to think about throughout the day.

Craft Beautiful Custom Posters for Your Classroom

Poster printers offer a range of creative and engaging ways to enhance the learning experience in your classroom. From displaying classroom rules to showcasing historical events, science experiments, book reviews, and inspirational quotes, posters can help keep your students engaged and motivated. 

Use colorful and eye-catching designs to create a positive classroom culture and make learning a more enjoyable experience for your students. So, why not invest in a poster printer and explore the many possibilities it has to offer?
If you’re ready to adorn your classroom with custom posters, we have what you need. At AGC Education, we offer a complete range of poster printing supplies, from the best poster printers for schools to the supplies you’ll need to start printing!

5 Glass Sublimation Tumbler Ideas for Christmas

Glass sublimation tumblers can be a unique and thoughtful gift idea for Christmas. With so many customizable designs available, you can create a personalized tumbler for each of your loved ones. From festive holiday designs to personalized name prints and themed designs, there are endless possibilities. 

These tumblers are not only a great way to show your loved ones that you care, but they are also a practical gift that they can use all year round. So why not spread some holiday cheer this season with a customized glass sublimation tumbler?

Create a completely custom design in your favorite digital art software or purchase a ready-made design from an online craft store. Once you pick your designs, start crafting! Here are a few glass sublimation tumbler ideas to get the creative juices flowing!

1. Festive Snowman

Create a cute snowman design with a carrot nose, black hat, and red scarf on a white tumbler for a festive holiday look. Or, start with a clear glass tumbler. Start with an unfilled red, green, silver, or gold circle and position the festive snowman in the middle. 

You could even add a splash of holiday cheer by creating a festive wreath teeming with ornaments, including a little snowman. Or, use your wreath to draw the eye to an adorable snowman nestled in the middle, almost like a window peeking into a winter wonderland.  

2. Merry & Bright

Add the phrase “Merry & Bright” in a fun font and surround it with colorful holiday lights or ornaments for a cheerful design. Or, add an old-fashioned or cartoon-style Santa to spice up the mix, letting his cheery, smiling face add warmth to the design. 

Add a splash of contrast with gold or silver metallic flecks or snowflakes meandering down the glass. 

3. Winter Wonderland

If you enjoy the holidays but want to steer clear of a Christmas-themed glass, consider our winter wonderland glass tumbler idea. 

Create a beautiful winter scene with snowflakes, trees, and a cozy cabin on a light blue or white tumbler for a serene winter wonderland look. Or situate a dimly lit cabin, illuminated only by Edison lights strung across the front porch, in the middle of a deep blue circle to create a focal point. 

You could even skip the cabin idea altogether and focus on the beauty of the snowy mountains, highlighting the craggy peaks in the background with snowy trees flanking the foreground. Situate an icy lake in the middle, and let a few snowflakes fall softly. 

4. Naughty or Nice

Add the phrase “Naughty or Nice” in a playful font and surround it with cute holiday icons like candy canes or mistletoe. Spice up the design with gold elements, like outlined letters or icons. Add a splash of contrast by starting with a solid white or red tumbler and incorporating a white ornament to help your designs pop.

5. Ho Ho Ho

Create a fun and festive design with the classic “Ho Ho Ho” phrase in bold red and green colors, surrounded by holiday designs like presents or snowflakes. If you prefer to stick with a white and blue theme, set the saying across a brushstroke of wintery blue and outline the white letters in a silvery finish. 

6. Name Prints

Adding names to the tumblers is a great way to keep track of which one belongs to each person. Tinker with different fonts and colors to find a beautiful combination that matches your and your loved ones’ aesthetics. Whether you prefer a metallic sheen of silver-lined text or bright pops of blue, red, or green, name prints are versatile enough to match anyone’s preferences. 

7. Themed Designs

If you’re gifting glass tumblers to your family and friends, you don’t necessarily have to stick with a Christmas theme. While the Christmas theme can be a great way to inspire holiday spirit, you can branch out and incorporate other fun themes. 

For example, suppose your friend loves baseball. Create a fun design with baseball bats, baseballs, and mitts. Add splashes of their favorite colors to spice things up, or tie in the logos of your friend’s favorite baseball team.  

Or, if your mom enjoys gardening, add an adorable cartoon succulent nestled in a brightly colored pot. Add a brushstroke of blue across the backdrop to add a splash of color. Or, you could even incorporate a Christmas theme alongside the gardening focus by adding Christmas lights to a little potted tree. It’s up to you!

Create Holiday Magic With AGC Education

If you’re ready to spread a festive splash of holiday cheer, sublimation glass tumblers can be the perfect way to do it! At ACG Education, we have everything you’ll need to get started, from the sublimation printer to the adorable glass tumblers, complete with no-leak bamboo lids and plastic straws. The tumblers feature frosted gradients in various colors, including festive hues like red, green, and blue. 

Whether you’re ready to start from scratch on a blank tumbler or add holiday magic to a frosted gradient tumbler with sublimation, we can help! Learn more about our sublimation printers today!

5 Classroom STEM Activities We Love

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, better known as STEM, education is an integral part of modern education. It prepares children to be future leaders, equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in a rapidly evolving technological world. 

While standard STEM lessons might not be overly entertaining for the students, they don’t have to be boring. An abundant array of STEM activities can spice up your classroom, captivating your students’ attention and teaching them lessons that will stick with them through the years. Here are a few classroom STEM activities we love. 

Make Homemade Slime

The gooey, slippery substance that is slime is a favorite among elementary students. It’s an excellent way to incorporate a sensory element to help keep students engaged and focused during lessons on how different ingredients interact and the chemical reactions that take place. 

You can make a large batch of slime ahead of time if time and supplies allow, only making a small batch in class to demonstrate how everything reacts. Or, if supplies are limited, make a small batch in class and pass the finished product around to your students to let them feel the texture and consistency to solidify your lesson. 

To make the slime, combine ½ cup of each water and glue in a mixing bowl. If you want to add color, add a few drops of food coloring at this point and stir it in. Mix in ½ teaspoon of baking soda, then pour in 2 tablespoons of contact lens solution. Stir the mixture until it pulls away from the edge of the bowl. The final product is not a liquid or a solid, often called a non-Newtonian fluid.

Build a Lemon Battery

Teach your students about a battery’s functions by using lemons’ power. You’ll need a few materials to get started, including:

  • Four lemons
  • Zinc covered nails
  • Copper wire
  • Alligator clips
  • LED light

To power the light bulb, start by inserting the zinc-covered nail and copper wire into each of the lemons. The nail functions as the negative end, while the copper wire performs as the positive side. Once you have a piece of wire and a nail in each lemon, connect them with alligator clips in a copper-to-zinc pattern.  

To light the bulb, connect the copper side to the longer, positive side of the bulb and the zinc nail side to the shorter, negative end of the bulb. And, tada! You have light! 

Craft a DIY Lava Lamp

Learning about density doesn’t have to be boring. Spice up your lessons with a quick DIY lava lamp experiment to give students a real-life example of different fluids’ varying densities. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A clear glass or water bottle
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Alka-seltzer
  • Food coloring

Fill the cup halfway with vegetable oil, then pour water into the glass until it’s about ¾ of the way full. Next, add a few drops of food coloring. Feel free to add multiple colors to make an intriguing color combination. 

Open your seltzer tablets and drop them in the cup. Break the tablet into pieces to slow the reaction, and add it in small parts at a time. Watch the bubbles rise and cause the colored water to move through the oil before dropping back down to the bottom. 

Make a Magnet Maze

Learn about the properties of magnets using this fun activity, which involves a few magnets and a DIY maze. The simplicity of this activity makes it a perfect pick for younger children. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cardboard or paper plates
  • Magnets 
  • Paperclips
  • Crayons, colored pencils, or markers

Draw a maze on a piece of cardboard or paper plate, complete with a starting and ending point. Once you’re done, position a paperclip at the starting point and place the magnet behind it to hold it in place. 

As you talk about magnetic fields, showcase the magnet’s power by moving the paperclip through the maze. Reiterate that you’re not actually touching the paperclip – instead, the magnetic force grasps and maneuvers it through the maze. If you have varying strengths of magnets, you can demonstrate how the more powerful magnets can hold heavier objects or pull the paperclip from further distances. 

Make a Paper Helicopter

Teach your students about the challenges of air pressure and lift by having them craft paper helicopters. NASA offers a downloadable template of its Mars helicopter, which makes for an entertaining activity to learn more about air pressure and lift. 

Have your students carefully cut and fold the template as you teach them about factors impacting the helicopter. When they’re done, have them complete test flights and observe how the performance changes by adjusting various factors, like the height at which you drop it. 

Get Creative STEM Activities for Your Students

Need more inspiration for fun STEM activities at different levels, complete with the lesson plans? If you want to dive into the intriguing world of STEM activities and how beneficial they can be for your students, our STEMvelope might be the perfect addition to your classroom. It’s adaptable and adjustable, featuring hands-on printable STEM activities to engage your students with fun learning. 

Make tweaks along the way to keep your STEMvelope fresh and ready for your new year of students, even if you decide to teach a different grade. It works well for students ranging from 1st to 6th grade, so it can grow with you as you move to teach different grades. 

Ready to kickstart an entertaining, collaborative, and interactive learning experience for your students with STEM classroom activities? Contact us today to get started!

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