Show Your School Spirit Banner


Boost your classroom or team’s confidence with this colorful banner—made by a small group. Decorate it with your school colors!


1. Work in small groups to create big, bright, bold banners. Choose several sheets of Crayola Neon Color Explosion® Paper. Cut them into interesting shapes if you like. Punch holes in the edges of your banner that will connect with each other. Lace the sheets together with ribbon.

2. Cut out contrasting Neon Color Explosion letters for your favorite cheer or team name. Cut out designs such as your school mascot. Decorate the pieces with Neon Color Explosion Markers. You might outline the letters or fill them with dots or lines so they really stand out. Attach your designs to the banner with self-adhesive dots.

3. Cut out narrow strips of Neon Color Explosion Paper. Decorate them. Wind the strips around marker barrels to make colorful spirals. Punch holes along the outside edges of the banner. Tie your spirals to the holes with ribbon.

4. Punch holes along the top of the banner. Tie the banner to the dowel stick. Tie ribbon to the dowel. Hang your banner indoors to cheer your team on to victory!

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.

Wood—By its nature, wood is rough and may contain splinters or sharp points


  • Discuss team building skills and why working in a cohesive manner is important to the overall success of a group. Play games that require communication and strategizing.
  • Discuss team mascots. How does a group decide on a mascot? What messages do mascots send to fans?
  • Assessment: Observe how well classmates interact when working in their groups. How original is the banner design? Does it reflect careful attention to planning and detail?

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crayola supplies
  • Neon Color Explosion®
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • self-adhesive foam dots
  • hole punch
  • ribbon
  • dowel stick



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students realize the importance of working as a team through positive interaction with peers.

  • Students create unique works of art while showing support for their classmates or teammates.

  • Students display their creativity in a visually appealing manner.


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