Are you bored with your current classroom look? Have you considered adding (or changing) classroom rugs as a cheap and easy alternative?
If you are having a little bit of blah about your classroom or learning space recently but don’t have the budget for a new makeover, something as simple as changing your classroom rugs can make a huge difference.
OK, hear me out…
It seems like such a simple solution — Oh sure! Just change classroom rugs! — but that’s because it really is a simple solution.
Today you can get new rugs that fit into most any budget and for any space (large or small), but will breathe new life into your classroom area!
Still not convinced?
Why Should You Change Classroom Rugs?
1. Classroom rugs are a cheap way to update your space!
We all want the most amazing, magazine-worthy learning spaces. However, few of us have the budget for a complete learning space makeover.
ENTER: Classroom rugs.
Classroom rugs can give a vibrant new look to your space at a relatively inexpensive cost. (And, you can even change them out every year or two and still not break the budget!)
2. A classroom rug will give life to your old carpet (that you can’t replace right now).
Have carpeting in your learning space that is old, or stained, or just not your style any longer, but you can’t afford to have it replaced right now?
Don’t be afraid to put a classroom rug right on top of your carpeting. It will update the space while hiding that old, yucky carpeting until you can afford to rip it out.
3. Classroom rugs can give you dedicated learning space or special areas for circle time.
I love using classroom rugs for circle time, morning baskets, morning tea and story time, or just as a dedicated reading space.
Also, you can get smaller classroom rugs and each child can have their own during free learning time.
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4. Classroom rugs are great learning tools!
Rugs are functional for so many reasons, but they can also be great learning tools.
There are alphabet rugs, phonics rugs, number rugs, map rugs, and even bilingual rugs that help your kids practice while they play!
5. Classroom rugs are fun for imaginative play!
We’ve all seen the super cool rugs with the roads and tracks on them — you know, the ones where you can play with cars? But, there are other ways to use rugs to encourage imaginative play and to even get your kids moving!
There are game rugs, rugs with scenes (like forests) that can engage that active childhood imagination, and even games like hopscotch on rugs to get them up and active!
No matter if you’re looking for circle time rugs, rugs for reading or hanging out on, or just some classroom rugs to make your space look “pretty,” you’ll find something in here to meet your needs.
(PS: Do NOT miss the first rug under #7. I. DIE.)
Classroom Rug Ideas
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1. Alphabet Rugs for Classrooms
Alphabet rugs are great for the classroom for obvious reasons–kids can learn from them, but they also make a great classroom theme.
If you haven’t looked lately, letter, alphabet, and phonics rugs have come a long, long way!
I always loved those bright letter rugs, but now they have very classy (heh, see what I did there?) letter rugs that can grow with your kids without feeling too preschoolish.
This is my FAVORITE alphabet rug. (In fact, it might be my all-time favorite classroom rug that I’ve ever seen! I’m still considering it if I can find a place to fit it!)
If you’re looking for more colorful alphabet rugs for your learning space, then you’ll love these:
And, how cute is this learning rug? It has the letters, seasons, and days of the week!
Loooooove this cute world peace alphabet rug:
If you’re learning the alphabet in sign language, FOR SURE grab this rug:
2. Number Classroom Rugs
Number rugs are also a no-brainer. It gives your new learners visual reinforcement in a fun way!
This number rug is fun! It has the alphabet on the outside, but you can work on counting to ten (and grouping) on this inside.
This one has the biggest learning bang for your buck because it has numbers, shapes, and letters! (Plus, it’s SUPER cute!)
This counting caterpillar rug is a little pricier, but I love that you can not only use it to practice numbers, but you can also create your own games with it (think: hopscotch and more!).
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And, lastly, here’s a counting to 100 rug!
(I. LOVE. THAT. ONE.)
3. Map Classroom Rugs
Map rugs are another category I love for classroom spaces because they also work for all ages and learning stages. They can grow with the kids and still provide learning opportunities and reinforcement!
Here’s a fun rug to help learn states:
If you’re looking for a more contemporary United States rug, definitely get this one:
Check out this super fun continent rug!
And, I also love this one that looks like a globe. (So cute, right?)
The next rug is a great addition to a classroom because it’s reversible. (I. KNOW.) One side has a world map and the other side has roads that are fun for HotWheels. So, when you want a new look or need to bust the boredom, just flip it over! Two-for-one!
This map rug is a great choice because it works for kids of all different ages and it can grow with your room. Plus, it works with any decorating style!
If you prefer a more vintage look in your classroom, then this is a great choice (and may be what you need if you’re looking for a detailed, accurate map to learn from):
4. Shapes Classroom Rugs
Shape rugs are always a fun go-to for a classroom space. They’re cute and helpful!
This one has shapes AND the alphabet in cute little blocks around the edge:
5. Classroom Rugs to Get Kids Moving or Playing
Rugs that ignite imagination or encourage movement are a great additions. This jungle, safari road rug will provide hours of imaginative play:
If you’re learning about planets, this one is fun! (Imagine your kids pretend playing astronaut with this one!)
And here’s another fun solar system rug!
Musical rugs are fun for the little musicians! This music rug is a little pricey, but I love the notes around the edge. Also, I love the empty space in the middle where you can make some felt notes and kids can “create” their own music!
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And, here’s a super cute instruments rug if you’re going with that theme!
This is a fun game rug called Crocs-n-Snakes (Think: Chutes and Ladders!)
Practical and fun!
6. Carpet Squares (or Sitting Squares)
Sitting squares are great because you can put them out when you need them and then they can be stacked away when they’re not in use.
If you’re looking for a different angle on sitting squares, check out these “sitting spots.” What I love most about these is that it comes with a Twister-like game spinner to create your own games!
How fun would these classroom squares be for co-op, group classes, or meet-ups?
7. Classroom Rugs to Grow Through Ages and Stages
If you want to play it safer and need something that will be good with all ages, then go low-key on the themes (like alphabets and numbers). We actually did an old-school rug that I LOVE. It’s durable, doesn’t show dirt (or dog and cat hair) and it looks great, even in our recently re-decorated classroom!
Try these rugs if you want them to grow with you:
I need to stop writing this post because I have about four different favorite rugs now!
I’m SERIOUSLY considering grabbing this one for our classroom! It shows the logical side of the brain and the creative side. SOOOO COOL!
Colorful, braided rugs are a practical addition to a classroom because they look great with almost any decor, but — most importantly — they really hide dirt and stains! (We love our gray/blue braided rug in our classroom!)
This bright block rug is fun, but will also hide dirt and crayon marks!
This cloudy day rug will actually brighten up any space!
And, lastly, I’m including this rug because it’s too cute not to include. When one of you buys this for your learning space, you MUST come back and post a pic for me so I can live vicariously through you!