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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.

Best Beastly Books

Quote of Ingrid Bergman:

‘I was the shyest human ever invented, but I had a lion inside me that wouldn’t shut up!’

To highlight different genres,  we compiled a selection of fiction books in our Library that have animals as the main theme.

Usually, I use a plexiglass poster sign to tell our readers what type of genre is on display but this time I wanted to give the display more prominence so I put a plush fabric lion – that my colleague Lesley had stored in her basement – on the top of the bookcase.

To attract even more attention, I stapled some bright yellow tiger masks to cardboard boxes (leftover from previous displays) and put them beside the shelving unit. Success guaranteed!

I bought these tigers masks for a previous display; I love recycling. Check out the DANCE OF THE TIGERS a display about Theatre where I used very colorful fabric as a background for heaps of these tiger masks.

For this display, I stapled the sides to cardboard boxed – again a leftover from a previous display called: POETRY IN MOTION – covered in sheet music paper and with words all over them or other themes from displays long gone.

What you need:

Faux animal fabric – New, Op Shop/neighbor/friend’s basement

Animal masks – Party shop

Cardboard boxes from the supermarket, covered with paper or fabric

The bookcase looks a bit empty but after getting the animals settled we filled the cubicles up……..You could even put smaller animals in some of the cubby holes. I’m sure our students would love to take them out and hug them.

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