When it comes to choosing the best yearbook theme or design for your elementary school class, it can be a struggle to find the idea that suits them perfectly. So why not create your own personalized yearbooks this year? Make it a year to remember with one of these unique yearbook themes.
A Universe of Possibility
This galactic-themed yearbook is perfect for an astronomy-loving group of youngsters who are looking toward the future. Accent your pages with images of galaxies, planets, stars, moons, comets, and asteroids for a strikingly spacey look. In keeping with the theme, dedicate a page of the yearbook to your students’ answers to a futuristic question. Ideas include: “Where will you be in the year 2030?” or “What excites you most about the future?”
Earning Our Stripes
This theme works especially well if your school mascot happens to be a tiger, zebra, or other striped animal. Share photos of your students from throughout the year as they earn their figurative stripes. Include a page or two that shows all the awards and certificates the kids have earned this year.
Integrate stripes of all colors into your design, decorating each page with a different style. If your mascot is a tiger, go with a full-on tiger theme featuring orange and black stripes and images of the fearsome feline.
This whimsical yearbook theme is all about the figurative footprints your students have made during the year. For a cute twist that’s great for kids in early grades, dedicate a page of this yearbook to photos of the little ones’ feet. Alternatively, have each student take a picture of their footprint in the sand or dirt on the playground, and pair it with their class photo. Include a page titled “Leaving Our Footprints on the Future,” and create a list of the occupations each child hopes to have when they’re all grown up. Accent your yearbook with images of footprints, child-sized shoes, stepping stones, and other related designs.
Leaping to New Horizons
This cute spin on a traditional yearbook focuses on your students preparing for their next journey, whether that’s 1st grade or middle school. Devote a few pages to fun, candid shots of each student leaping into the air—or include a group photo of everyone jumping up at the same moment. This unique idea is perfect for capturing the innocence, energy, and excitement of younger children. Pair each photo with a quote from the student. For example, ask them what they’re most excited about doing this summer or during the next school year, and record their answers for posterity.
Potential design ideas for this theme include landscape scenery to illustrate new horizons, hopscotch or jump ropes to represent leaping, or frogs and toads for a delightful look.
Larger than Life
Celebrate how much your students have grown, both figuratively and literally, with this yearbook theme. Ideal for preschool, Kindergarten, or 1st grade students, this design showcases before-and-after photos of each child from the beginning and end of the school year. This is a great way to illustrate the kids’ growth spurts as well as capture how much they’ve changed and matured throughout the year. Make it extra fun by recording each student’s height next to their picture.
Tie the design into this yearbook’s theme by including images of rulers along the edges of the pages.
Making it Count
Have some colorful fun by creating a counting-themed yearbook for your students. This is a particularly great idea for preschool and Kindergarten classes. In this theme, numbers are the main design element. First of all, you can number the yearbook pages to reinforce your students’ counting abilities.
In addition, use numbers throughout the book in a unique way. Create a few pages dedicated to “number facts” about the children, including fun tidbits of information such as their height, how many siblings they have, their favorite number, or how many people they think live in the world. Make the questions fun and unique for an elementary school yearbook that’s sure to stand out.
If you’re celebrating the graduation of a particularly wild group of students this year, capture their energy with an exotic animal-themed yearbook. Pair each students’ photo with an image of their “spirit animal,” the wild critter that matches their appearance or personality the best. For example, a girl who runs especially fast might be a cheetah. The class jokester might be paired with a “funny” animal like a baboon or anteater. A student with an unruly mane of hair could be a lion. Let other students vote to choose spirit animals for their classmates to make an extra-fun activity for late in the year.
Another Piece of the Puzzle
Get crafty with this puzzle-themed yearbook idea. Students’ photos could be displayed in the shape of puzzle pieces for a unique design element. Or, incorporate the theme by matching a puzzle piece of the student’s face or name to something important about them, such as what they want to be when they grow up, what their favorite hobby is, or a positive personality trait.
No matter what theme you choose, your personalized yearbooks are sure to be a hit with kids and parents alike. Not only are custom yearbooks a great way to remember the year, but they’re also a perfect keepsake for your students’ futures, for many years to come.