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  • For Activities and Competitions select from the Activity list below

    Organizing activities and competitions is fun but sometimes you might want some inspiration. I've collected ideas and posted them in our activity lists below. What about a Jelly Bean Competition?
  • Activities

  • TIP: Keep an action list

    Make a rough sketch of how the display will look like. Write down what materials and tools you will need. Create a time-line / checklist: This week copying and laminating - Next week: buy or beg materials - Two weeks: covering display boxes with matching paper - Three weeks: collect books matching the display....
  • TIP: Staple at an angle

    Your job will be much easier when you hold the stapler at an angle. The staples will stick out a bit at one side - perfect to get hold of them with pliers and pull them out when you change displays.
  • TIP: Use a glue gun

    Glue guns are the most fantastic tools when creating displays. You can attach all sorts of materials like hard plastic, metal, fabric and everything else you can think off. Be careful with your fingers (blow - blow) the glue is very hot and you easily get blisters
  • TIP: Create a 3D effect!

    Create a 3D effect by hanging objects in front of the display board, like fish in a Sea Life display or lanterns in a Summer Reading display.
  • TIP: Don’t overdue it!

    Too much text, images or books on display too close together distract the eye. Each object needs its own space. Think of a shop window that is more than full with appliances, you can’t distinguish one object from the other, while carefully placed objects attract the attention.

Christmas wreath from plastic shopping bags

If you see it hanging on a door, you can't imagine that this wreath was made out of plastic shopping bags. Yes, it's a labour of love and you might want to involve the whanau.

Firstly to start collecting them from the beginning of the year. You need a lot of bags to create a tight layer that doesn't show the base of the wreath.

Secondly to cut  them in shape and thread them onto a piece of rubber or plastic pipe that you can bend together and secure. 

You don't need to buy expensive Christmas decorations. With a bit of elbow grease and perseverance you can make a stunning welcome for your front door. Weather resistant. No need of watering, Good for the environment, Less landfill.

What you need:

  • A huge amount of plastic bags – cut in rounds depending on how wide you want the wreath to be. Tear it in the center
  • Rubber or plastic pipe that can be connected to form a circle
  • Spray paint or glitter if you want to fancy the wreath up
  • Wire to hang the wreath on the door or wall

What to do:

  • Thread the plastic disks onto the pipe. Jam them tight together so they form a solid mass
  • When all plastic pieces have been used you bend the pipe ends together and secure it with tape or glue
  • Fluff the plastic to make sure the pipe is evenly coated in plasic pieces
  • Decorate if you want to make the wreath more colourful. Use glitter or spray paint
  • Attach the wire and hang it on your outside door to welcome guests and visitors



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