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    Organizing activities and competitions is fun but there are times you need some fresh ideas. In the activity drop-down menu below, you can find heaps of ideas. What about a Paper Plane Competition?
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  • TIP: Keep an action list

    I wasn't particularly good at it myself - I'm an ad hoc person - but it was one of my recommendations when I gave display workshops: Make a rough sketch of how the display will look like Write down what materials and tools you'll 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 etc. till you reach D-day and start getting nervous....
  • 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.



Fighting the dragon symbolizes often overcoming our own problems and fear. Making a colourful display can be challenging (see: barriers to creative thinking) but this display shows you that it can be done without much difficulties. So get started and  fight your dragon.



What you need:

  • material from a previous display if you have
  • book and internet images
  • coloured paper
  • green and red fabric or paper
  • blu-tack/stapler/tape/guillotine/scissors/ruler
  • you could even create some huge flames from yellow and red paper to to give the fire-spitting dragon a 3D effect (see: display tips)

What to do:

Get some books or internet images (be careful; copyright may apply) about dragons. In our library we have some fantastic books about dragons and one of them devoted each chapter to a different type of dragon. Chinese dragons – water dragons – flying dragons – fire spitting dragons – ancient dragons etc. It is remarkable how many types of dragons there are!

I used a green fabric with a red border for the middle panel and used images from a previous display and cut them in shape. I also used new pictures from dragon books (often enlarged) and stapled them to the board.

I covered the left and right panel in red with a green border. The colours associated with dragons.

For the bottom part I used a wide border of dragon tiles. The books are standing in front of the panel so it is no use to cover them with pretty pictures, you hardly see them, but the same border on all three panels connects them.


To view larger images of displays click on:                                    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gr8displays/


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