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  • Activities and Competitions

    Organizing activities and competitions can be fun but there are times you need some fresh input. In the activity drop-down menu below, you can find heaps of ideas. What about a Paper Plane Competition?
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  • TIP: Think inside the hat!

    Party hats, store-bought or made from pages of an old book or scrap paper are very useful for a display. You can staple the hat to the board as a container for whatever you want to showcase. Or hang them in front of the board filled with little notes, poems, toy animals or whatever takes your fancy
  • TIP: Staple at an angle

    Removing old display items will be much easier when you hold the stapler at an angle when you tack items to the board. The staples will stick out at one side - perfect to get hold of and pull them out when you change displays.
  • TIP: Use a glue gun

    Glue guns are the most fantastic tools for 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 Spring or Garden display.
  • TIP: Don’t overdue it!

    Too much text, images or books on display too close together distract the eye. It all becomes a blur. 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.

Astronomy – Take me to the Sky

Mars becomes less distant and we might even be able to put a permanent colony on the Moon. The SpaceX mission to the International Space Station is planned in September followed by a second crew in October. From Vandenbergh Air Base, in November an ocean observation satellite will be launched. We’re living in exiting space exploration times. The sky is no longer the limit, it is the new frontier. And as we’re going to celebrate the upcoming events, I wanted to show off with this display.

I not only wanted to give credit to the planets but also to our Earth and therefore I gave her a prominent place. Surrounded by the different planets she seems to be the base from where we’re venturing into the unknown. To highlight the universe’s significance I put plenty of books on astronomy, the universe, space/time travel and science fiction within reach.

To create a ‘space’ background, I use transparent blue wrapping paper. It gives a lovely shiny sparkle over the aquamarine coloured wrapping paper of the previous display, but normal dark blue wrapping paper will work equally well. I stapled the half-round shape of planet earth to the bottom of the display board to make it look like it is rising above the horizon.

After that, it was easy to put the planets in place.

From a magazine, I copied a rocket with a man pointing his finger upwards and I enlarged it in different sizes. I also copied the same image in reverse to make the rocket and the finger point in the opposite direction.

I’ve wrapped the top board in silver-coloured wrapping paper and stapled dozens of illuminating stars in different sizes to it. The Christmas lights make the stars sparkle in all kind of colours.


What you need:

  • Display heading printed
  • Names of planets printed
  • Blue or transparent wrapping paper
  • Silver wrapping paper (or blue if you like)
  • About 15 A4 images of different parts of the earth taken from space
  • Images of the planets, enlarged if necessary
  • Images of rockets or space shuttles
  • Illuminating paper
  • Christmas lights

What to do:

  • To create a 50cm wide and 60cm high half-round earth I pasted lots of earth images together tricking they eye by dotting the same paper over the lines so they fade. Don’t skip this part, it looks much better without de rectangle edges. I didn’t worry about the accuracy of the world or its geography.




  • Staple the planets and their names in place. Staple or glue the space shuttles or rockets in the empty space between earth and the planets. I used some of the pointing fingers to emphasize the names of the planets.
  • Use the illuminating paper to cut lots and lots of stars in different sizes. This can be done way before the display day. Laminate them, you will not regret it. Not only does it looks much better they are much sturdier that way and can be used over and over again. Wrap the silver or blue wrapping paper to the board and staple it in place.

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