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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.

Dance of the tigers – Drama and theatre

face with fabric                   Striped yellow / pink fabric

     Red curtains pulled to the side

       tiger masks


  Welcome to the theatre

       where dreams   

    are possible…..   


" Tiger, tiger, burning bright

In the forest of the night

What immortal hand or eye

Could frame thy fearful symmetry? "

William Blake

This display is a slightly different version from the 'Dance, Divas and Drama Queens' display I've made a couple of months ago. Just add some new materials and within 1/2 an hour you give the display a refreshed look


What you need:

  • Red velvet fabric for curtains
  • Pink shiny fabric for edge of curtains
  • Striped fabric for background – matching the colours of the curtains (I bought it at an emporium for a couple of dollars)
  • Wrapping paper – reddish purple for background and curtains
  • Black card for the second half of the title at the middle of the stage
  • Tiger masks (emporium)
  • A4 sheets with wood pattern for floor boards – Google images / Creative Commons
  • Title – I used the title from the previous display

What to do:

  • Make the title. Use letters from previous displays or use Word and print new ones. I had to do a bit of 'crafting' to create all the letters I needed. A couple of letters were not available but with a bit of imagination, doublesided tape and a pair of scissors I got it sorted…
part of banner
Letter A plus sign
  • Staple the purple/pink wrapping paper to the board. Top and left and right part only
start curtain curtain with fabric
  • Cut the red velvet fabric into 10 cm wide strips – 4 on each side
  • Cut the pink shiny fabric into 10 cm wide strips – 1 for boardering each curtain
  • Fill the spaces between the velvet strips with crunched wrapping paper – staple to the board
  • Fill the middle part of the 'theatre' with the striped fabric. I stapled it right over the background of the previous display (see photo below)
  • If you use letters from previous display titles as I did, get all the titles (or letters) out of the boxes and sort them. I had to craft the A and the plus sign because they were not available. With a little imagination and the help of double sided tape and scissors I quickly fixed that problem….
  • Add the title to the bottom part



  • Staple the floor boards to the bottom of the stage

  • Cut the curtains to just under the top part of the floor boards
  • Staple the striped fabric to the board between the pink curtains
theatre background masks in a row
  • Staple the masks to the board – I used a series of the same masks but contenplated a veriety as well (am still a bit dubious about my choice)
  • Staple the fabric in a knot under the tiger's chin to give it motion
  • Put the book shelves in place and arrange the books on them




    Tiger dance

This is a great display to show books on art – dance – music – celebrities – theatre – filmstars etc.

  Get your creative juices flowing and go 'on-stage'




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