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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.

Spring reading

left tree This is a display that follows the seasons. I started last year with the Green fingers – gardening display. When winter approached I changed it in a Winter reading display and replaced the green background of the trees with silver and grey / black paper while replacing the cherries and lemons with snowflakes.

In spring I changed the display to represent the current season. A couple of simple steps give this display a much more warm and sunny feeling.

I'm not bothered by reality…. that is to say, I glue daffodil flowers to the branches of one tree and orange/red flowers of unknown variety to the other. It's material I have at hand and I don't want to spend a lot of money or time on it, so I use what I have from previous displays.


First of all I start with replacing the title:



I was so careless not to write down which font I used so I had to scroll down the font window in Word and compare the letters of 'Reading' until I had the right font. It looks like I used a smaller size as well …..

These orange flowers were used in the Green fingers – gardening display growing over the green-house. Here I've stripped them of their branches – separated flowers and leaves and glued the flowers and leaves individually to the polystyrene snowflakes. The glue gun makes this an easy and quick task. The daffodils have been used in numerous displays, attached to their stems and as a bunch but never before stripped and glued to the branches like in this display


orange flower narcissus green paper tree

The next step was to change the snowman into a sunny bear with sunglasses and straw hat. I changed its outfit to a more sunny one, from a bit of fabric to cover the body and bright red boots which I can't change because its legs are resting in it and bear would fall down if I took them away. My colleague brought a bikini of her daughter and I strapped it with a rubber band on the back to make it fit  The bright pink fabric previously used in the display: gUrlzZone attracts immediate attention


IMG_2728 snow bearx diva


The snow tower in the middle needed a bit of green around the edges to represent the season. I took off the snowflakes that had been glued to the shelves and stapled a string of ivy to the outer boundary


stand with snow flakes reading tower tower

The 'cold' colours of the background of the tree had to be changed to make it really spring


green paper tree right tree with green

I decided on two different colours of green  – a cool green for the right tree and a radiant grass green for the left tree. Using torn, crumbled paper pushed between the branches created an instant make-over


red blossom daffodils on trees 

The shelves with shredded paper and polystyrene pellets representing snow were changed into green leafy surfaces. The pheasant is still around and also the squirrel in the tree is happily watching the students


pheasant sq pheasant


The basket under the left tree containing wool and knitting needles now has fruit and veges with some additional roses. From my previous Floral art and flying beauties display I used the tulips and stapled a couple of them to the wall


tulipsxx large fruit

The total display is transformed with some easy changes without any additional costs

total display


And because a girl wants to have a bit of fun:

boy free zone

Nobody will see it or read it

but every time I see the title of the book

it makes me  smile



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