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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?
  • Activities

  • 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.

Black and White, what is beneath your skin?

detail left panelAll over the world there is a lot of  unrest and violence between religious and racial groups

To invite our students to reflect on their thoughts, feeling and opinions towards differences in cultures and personal ideas, I created a display that might open the discussion about what we think is important……

Black dots, stripes, squares, different languages, butterflies, clocks, and a title made of lots of previous displays – all combined together; There's a lot of philosophy hidden in this display

What you need:

  • Black wrapping paper for covering up the board
  • Black and white striped paper or use fabric of a previous display as I did – see: The Xfactor – Biography books
  • Title – I used letters of previous titles
  • Printed and laminated words showing emotions and characteristics like: hope – loyalty – judgement – grace
  • Black paper bags – small size
  • Sheets of papers with black and white patterns – dots – stripes – whatever suits the topic
  • Sheets of papers with an industrial metal sheet pattern (Google Images – Creative Commons
Dots and stripes metal sheet


  • Sheets of paper with brown /black/white patterns – Asian characters, quotes, images that suit the topic
Brown text 200 Chinese

What to do:

  • Cover the top, left and right part of the display board in the black wrapping paper
  • Cover the middle part in black and white striped paper or fabric
  • Staple a small banner (5 cm) of the striped paper or fabric to the upper display board. Just about 10 cm under the top
  • Under the stripes attach the sheets of paper with the industrial metal pattern
  • Finish off with the quotation sheet of paper
Stripes etc 400
  • Staple part of the title to the board – BLACK AND WHITE
  • Attach the sheets with the clocks and the dotted paper with the drinking tiger to the board
clock tiger
  • Cut sheets into triangles and attach them to the corners of the three panels
  • Cut long strips and smaller parts and attach to the vertical or horizontal sides of the boards
  • Pin the parts of the title to the 3 boards, making sure they are in line and the same distance from each other
black and white dots stripes blocks 200
T 200 left panel detail
  • Stand back and give your work a critical look. Does it give a balanced feel, is the space taken up evenly etc.

Get your favorite books and put them on the shelves, this is a fantastic opportunity to get out all those topics that might rouse the curiousity….

display with books


A great display – easy to make and with lots of impact!



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