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    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?
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  • 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.

Conservation + Clean-Up Week

The posters the Department Of Conservation or DOC sent us became the basis for this display. We decided that we would use the two outer panels for Conservation Week and that the middle panel would be dedicated to Clean-Up Week, the main theme of Conservation Week.  

What you need:

  • DOC posters
  • Google images/book/Nat Geographic images
  • coloured paper for the background
  • rubbish (collected from the campus)
  • tools: blu-tack/stapler/tape/guillotine/scissors/ glue stick/ruler


What to do:

I covered the outer panels with the DOC posters and filled the background with green paper. The posters were overlapping and I cut off the brown edges and with them created a frame around the printed information from their website. That way the information matched the design of the posters.

There was a lot of information on the website about what we could do. Just printing it and attaching it would be too much information to take in at once and look incredibly boring. Nobody, really nobody reads that amount of information so I divided the information in digestible batches searched for matching images on the internet and discarded magazines.


Clean-Up Week is all about rubbish; rubbish we often carelessly drop. The maintenance team keeps the campus very tidy but it is amazing what you can find after one interval. Clean-Up Week is not only about a far away project that we can support. It is about what we can do here and now in our own environment. I collected trash during a 20 minute stroll over the campus and attached it to the board. Empty food containers, bottles, a half eaten apple and biscuits in resealable bags, chips bags, candy bar wrappers, and so on.

I printed the posters from the Clean-Up Week website and enlarged and printed the logo ‘Keep New Zealand Beautiful’ dozens of times to make a border around the posters on the board.

The Clean-Up Week panel in the middle was a nice contrast with the two Conservation Week panels on the outside and fitted perfectly with the theme.    

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