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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?
  • Activities

  • 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.

Astronomy – Take me to the Sky

>This display shows planet Earth and the surrounding planets with plenty of books about astronomy, the universe, space/time travel and science fiction. 

>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 then 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. 

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After having done 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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  • Attach the shiny stars all over the silvery paper and hang the Christmas lights in place. Connect the power and the stars will sparkle and shine in beautiful colours.
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  • Arrange the books on the shelves and on the floor in front of the display. Big half open standing books with a flat laying book on top can be used as a book-display stand to show a smaller book and to create different levels of displays.
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