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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.

Animal Display

This is a very straight forward display with beautiful images from an old calendar a colleague gave us.
I had just started working in my new job and was not sure how adventurous I could be  see: barriers to creative thinking) and what I was allowed to use, so I kept it very simple.
 What you need:
  • calender/book images
  • coloured paper
  • banner with ‘Animal display’
  • blu-tack/stapler/tape/guillotine/scissors/ruler
  • pin-cotton and blu-tack device to hang pictures streight (see: International Baccalaureate)
 What to do:
Nowadays I would approach the topic much more creative with, for instance, the images laminated and cut in the shape of the animals (see: sea life display) A few green branches between the images to suggest that you are looking through foliage. Or a safari type background (see: dinosaurs display)  and toy animals placed on the shelves. A controversial panther hat or fake zebra skin (2 dollar shop) dramatically draped around the bars would attract the attention. And of course a couple of hanging objects (bats, monkeys, snakes) for a 3D effect (see: display tips) etc.
Maybe even cover up the background with crumbled yellow brown paper to suggest a dry Serengeti-like environment.


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