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    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?
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  • 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.


Longhaired pirates on ancient sailingboats keep rousing the imagination. With their colourful clothes, one eye and hook, every adventurous boy wants to read about  the wild life at sea. They would love to feel the parrot on their shoulder shouting dirty words while the wind  is flapping the sails.

Making a display with those ingredients isn’t difficult.

What you need:

  • display material like the hook, parrot, pirate flags, colourful fabric, netting
  • copied (enlarged) images of pirates
  • sand coloured paper with burned edges (or drenched in coffee (see comments)
  •  blu-tack/ tape/ stapler/ scissors/ guillotine/ ruler/ glue stick  

Pirate display

What to do:

This pirate display was made with old and new material. The top part images were used in a previous year and stored in our display files. The bottom images are new and copied from our own pirate books. The gold coloured background was from a previous display (see: Olympic medal winners) but I changed the borders which changed the look totally and made it match with the pirate image colours.

I made new signs to encourage the students to read the books on the display stand. To match them with the images above and to give them that ancient adventurous look of secret papers found in an old chest, I burned the curling edges.

Pirate display middel-panelPirate display left panelTo emphasize the different pirate flags and to break with the usual pattern of three of the same panels on a row I pasted the V shape in the middle. It immediately attracts the eye.

The flags aren’t attached flat to the surface but bulging to make them look like waving in the wind (see: display tips) The staples are hardly visible because I used the pattern in the images to hide them and when it’s time to change the display the images can be easily removed from the background. Stored away in our display cabinet they can be used for another display in the future.


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

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