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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.



The phrase fighting the dragon is often used to symbolize or overcoming our own problems and fear. Making a colourful display can be challenging  to know more about it check out ‘Barriers to creative thinking in the sidebar, This display shows you that it can be done without much difficulties. So get started and  fight your dragons and fire yourself up.



What you need:

  • images from books, magazines and/or internet
  • 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

What to do:

Find suitable images  of dragons. There are different types of dragons and you can choose and pick your favorites or show them by colour, in a historical context or just randomly. In our library we have some fantastic books about dragons and one of them devoted each chapter to a different type. Chinese dragons – water dragons – flying dragons – fire spitting dragons – underworld 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. If I had to do this display again I would choose one bold dragon, enlarge individual pieces till I had a huge dragon filling the three panels. That would make a statement!

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 the different panels.



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