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  • Activities and Competitions

    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.

Cook Books

How to attract attention if the topic is not really a student topic, the book stand is a bit off to the side and you want a part of the collection to be seen?

You have to come up with something unusual and that is why I attached a row of forks at the top. Packages with dried beans, pasta, Indian curry, dried weed and chick peas filled the top shelve to represented different countries and types of food.

A huge white plate with a green apple in the middle directed the eye from the forks to the plate and subsequently to the books on the lower shelves and up again.  A waiter’s apron hangs from the top and one of the strings connects the forks which are attached with blu tack to the iron bar of the stand, while little threads attach them to the string to keep them upright.

Chop sticks and plastic cutlery are randomly attached to the lower shelves.


preparation time appr. : 2 hrs
construction time  appr.: 4 hrs
materials: book images/coloured paper
tools: blu-tack/stapler/tape/guillotine/scissors/ruler

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