A Choice Board for the Elementary Art Room

I recently wrote an article about how to use a choice board with middle school students. I’m here today to show you an elementary art history choice board. This art history choice board was created for students to use if they finish an art project before the class is ready to start the next project.

Elementary Choice Board The choice board is attached to a bulletin board in the back of the classroom. Use a Rubbermaid container for each activity. Label each one with the image that matches the multiple intelligences and the name of the activity inside. Students can go over to the choice board and pick an activity and a Rubbermaid. Since there are two activities for each square, you have the option to put one or two activities in each container. These activities are intended to be independent, additional activities for students to work on once they complete their art projects.

Have you ever used a choice board in your classroom?

What other topics would you like to see in a choice board? I love to hear your ideas!

Cassidy Reinken


This article was written by former AOE writer and life-long learner, Cassidy Reinken.


  • I love this idea, especially since it is linked to different learning styles! If you filled in the middle, you could have students complete one row (like tic-tac-toe) throughout the course of the semester or year. That might push them outside their comfort zone just a bit.

    • Charmaine Boggs

      The tic-tac-toe idea would be a clever way to engage the more competitive members of the class, too. I really like both the elementary and middle school choice board ideas. Not sure when I’ll get something like this up and running in my classroom, but do like the possibilities!

    • I also love the idea of tic-tac-toe also!

  • Nancy Hardy

    I like this idea as well. It would be a good resource for students who complete assignments early, “I’m done, now what do I do?” An addition could be a technology piece. Researching an artist on the computer and/or creating an artwork related to an artist/genre in Paint or any other computer art program.

  • Mrs. P

    I just recently gave a presentation with a colleague about Tech resources we like to use in our classrooms and we used the choice board idea here for inspiration! We were had students doing claymation, writing a blogpost, creating interactive “clickable” images and more during the session. We acted as facilitators as they became “masters” of their tech choice. It was so fun and the participants loved it. So much better than the two of us standing there lecturing. At the end, participants gave a short 3 minute synopsis about their “challenge”, the technology they used, and what they created. Here’s the link to the presentation (printable materials can be accessed via the image):


    Thank you for sharing this post. Mrs. P @ CreateArtWithMe.blogspot.com