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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?
  • Activities

  • 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.

Time travel: From Moa to Mars

We have a lot of ‘hidden’ Time Travel novels in the library and it was time to bring them under the attention of our students.  

total display up front

I used quite some material from previous displays. The only items that are new (except from the headboard) are the clock/time travel image on the middle panel and the silvery doors attached to the side panels. (see: Astronomy display and Dinosaur display)
new policemanKate Thompson’s novel ‘The new policeman’ is one of those hidden Time Travel books. The cover of her book gave me the idea for the boy who steps into a different world/time. For a week my kitchen table at home was covered in black card, green  paper and roman numerals, after I discarded another couple of days work on a kind of black/stripy circular  that just didn’t do it for me.
What you need:
  • Ask maintenance to make 4 plywood doors for the left and right panel of the display board. Or if you’re not so lucky to have it made, make them yourself. A jigsaw does a great job and is easy to handle. (or ask your partner, uncle, sister, neighbour) Instead of having real doors you can make cardboard/cornflute ones and staple them to the board. Real doors give a more exciting 3D effect though!!!star (see: Display tips)
  • Purple wrapping paper for the background of the panels and the headboard.
  • Illuminated wrapping paper for the doors and stars
  • Search Google- images for planets or copy them from an astronomy book. Enlarge them and have them laminated
  • Search Google – images for a time travel machine/ space ship, print it and have it laminated
  • Search Google – images for the silhouette of a wandering boy/girl, print it and cut it out in black card
  • Cut 12 little stars from beige paper for in between the Roman numerals of the clock
  • Have Roman numerals I – XII printed on beige paper
  • Green and beige paper for the time travel image and headboard
  • Numbers1- 12 in different sizes, printed on grey paper and laminated
  • 3 sheets A2 black card for background time machine clock and strips for the doors
  • Letters for the title: Time Travel: From Moa to Mars, printed and laminatedrocket with moa
  • Images of Moa’s (I used laminated images from a previous Dinosaur display)
  • Images of planets (I used laminated images from a previous Astronomy display)
  • Image of a time machine or spaceship (I used images from a previous Astronomy display)
What to do: 
  • Have illuminated wrapping paper laminated to give it more body and cut stars in different sizes
  • Use A2 black card as the background for the time travel clock. Use green and yellow paper for the background of the little boy in the circle but start with the Roman numerals and the beige little stars in between to outline the size of the clock
  • Create a circle from beige paper and cut ripples from green and beige paper and position these in the centre and around the centre of the clock. Don’t middle panel boy circlepaste it yet. Make sure everything fits before pasting it to the black card
  • Attach the image of the wandering boy/girl (make sure it fits in the beige circle). I made his right leg a bit longer so that it fits over the beige edge as if he’s stepping out of the background
  • Attach all the ripples and put the laminated numbers anti-clockwise just outside the beige circle. If it all seems correct and it fits than paste it to the black card
  • Staple the purple wrapping paper to the board and the headboard
  • Attach the 4 doors to the left and right panel. In my display, maintenanceleft panel moa and doors screwed the thin plywood doors to the board. But a glue gun would have done a good job too as long as the under laying layer is securely attached.
  • Cover the doors with illuminated paper, glue them with a glue gun and cut black card strips to frame the doors. Glue them to the illuminating paper. Let the glue cool a bit before pasting the strips because the illuminating paper easily wrinkles under the hot glue.
  • middle panelStaple the A2 card with the Time Travel image to the middle board.
  • Staple the moa images to the left board, let the images run partly over the doors
  • Staple the planets to the right board. You can let them run over the door or have them popped up from behind the doors
  • Staple the time machine image to the board. I created an imaginary bow by stapling one up going rocket on the bottom part of the right panel, one up going rocket nearly in the middle of the headboard and one coming down rocket on the left panel.
  • Staple the stars in place. Use also the space behind the doors to make them part of the display world.
  • Staple the title: ‘Time Travel: From Moa to Mars’ in place. I used green papertitle from the clock image to adorn the title. This way the headboard became visually more part of the display panels below
  • Glue or staple stars and a planet to the headboard.
 The purple of the background gives this display a surrealistic feeling while the shiny silvery doors enhance the feeling that you just have to be brave enough to step trough the mirrors to end up in different era.
    left panel moa and doors     right panel  

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