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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.

Dance, Divas and Drama Queens

                   Lush fabric

Red curtains pulled to the side

Balloons

               and    ballerinas

Welcome to the theatre

      where dreams   

    are possible…..   

“I just know that when I go on stage, I give everything I have, not only my feet, not only my legs, not only my body. I try to tell a story. Sometimes I am able to cry because I feel like it. Sometimes I am able to love because I feel like it.” -Sylvie Guillam

What you need:

  • Red velvet fabric
  • Pink shiny fabric
  • Wrapping paper – grey/silver stripes
  • Wrapping paper – reddish-purple for background and curtains
  • Black card for the second half of the title at the middle of the stage
  • Ballerinas
  • Paper bag with a balloon pattern
  • A4 sheets with wood pattern for floorboards – Google images / Creative Commons
  • Title – I used letters from previous display titles

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, double-sided tape and a pair of scissors I got it sorted…
  • Staple the purple/pink wrapping paper to the board. Top and left and right part only
  • 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 bordering 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 grey/ silver striped wrapping paper
  • 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 top middle part
  • Staple black card to the middle of the ‘stage’ – attach the second half of the title
  • Staple the floorboards to the bottom of the stage
  • Cut the curtains to just under the top part of the floorboards
  • Cut the 3D balloons out of the paper bag and use blu-tack to attach them to the board
  • Pin the ballerinas to the board – when at the right place, staple them
  • Create a ‘story’ by handing the ballerinas some balloons
  •  Cover a box in the grey /silver wrapping paper and use it as a display stand
  • Put the bookshelves in place and arrange the books on them

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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