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  • Activities and Competitions

    Organizing activities and competitions can be fun but there are times you need some fresh input. In the activity drop-down menu below, you can find heaps of ideas. What about a Paper Plane Competition?
  • Activities

  • TIP: Think inside the hat!

    Party hats, store-bought or made from pages of an old book or scrap paper are very useful for a display. You can staple the hat to the board as a container for whatever you want to showcase. Or hang them in front of the board filled with little notes, poems, toy animals or whatever takes your fancy
  • 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.

Black and White, what is beneath your skin?

This is a strong display that invites us to reflect on racism, discrimination and prejudice.

To invite students to reflect on their thoughts, feelings and opinions towards differences in cultures I wanted to create a display that opens up the discussion about moral and ethical behaviour.

Black dots, stripes, Chinese characters, African tiger patterns, and letters made up of lots of previous display titles all contribute to the feeling that:

‘We’re In Here Together, Whatever The Continent We Come From, Whatever Our Differences’

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 in: The Xfactor – Biography books
  • Title – I used letters of previous titles
  • Printed and laminated words showing emotions and characteristics like hope – loyalty – judgment – 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
  • Sheets of paper with brown /black/white patterns – Asian characters, quotes, images that suit the topic

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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….

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

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