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?
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.
To promote the IB the College is offering to students, we had a package of pages full of text with only a few images. It would take at least an hour to read. To attract the students’ attention we had to deliver the information in attractive and bite size portions otherwise interest would soon be gone. Reading it at a table would challenge their concentration let alone standing in front of a wall.
The main picture was a blue hexagon, divided in different sections resembling the papers that can be studied. I enlarged and copied that image and cut it in pieces and subsequently copied it to coloured card. The headings were enlarged, copied and printed on blue paper which I pasted on yellow card. I copied the website address on different coloured card and scanned the internet for images that resembled the characteristics IB students need to have to be successful and which would add a bit of fun to the display. I printed the characteristics also on different coloured card.
To get the sheets, images and text exactly in a vertical line I used a pin, cotton and a weight and blu-tack (see: display tips) tied to the end and attached it at the top of the board. I then followed the cord to the bottom while stapling the sheets, card and pictures. It’s much easier than constantly using a ruler.
Two heads were the next significant images. Again I enlarged them and pasted them on styrofoam to make them stand out from the board.
All the information needed to form an opinion can be read on this board in the 14 pages I used. It is a colourful, attractive and informative display.
Keep on the lookout for unusual, funny or cartoon-like images in magazines, on internet or in the daily paper like the image above. Cut or copy them and store them for when you need inspiration.
One of those unusual images can be the basis for a great display. You don't need to do the whole design yourself.
Or what about this one? Free will, an illusion?
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: Use old umbrellas as a display unit!
Old umbrellas without the fabric but with a good frame are fantastic as a display item
You can hang little objects like birds, light bulbs, little books and art objects from the frame. Fluffy fabric draped over the frame will give it an extra elegance.... let your imagination run wild and experiment!