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.
I covered the two outer panels with the DOC posters and filled the background with green paper. The posters were a bit overlapping and I cut off the brown edges which I used to create a frame around printed information from the website (see: display tips). That way the information really matched well with the posters.
There was a lot of information on the website about what we could do to help with the projects DOC organized. Just printing it and attaching it would be too much information to take in at once. Nobody reads that amount of information (see: International Baccalaureate display). I cut the information in digestible batches and highlighted the curling edge with a yellow marker while I looked for matching images in books and in National Geographic magazines.
Clean-Up Week is all about rubbish; our rubbish that we often carelessly drop. The College 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 do. It is about what we can do here and now in our own environment. I collected rubbish from the campus during a 20 minute stroll and attached it to the board. Empty food containers, bottles, a half eaten apple and biscuits in resealable bags, chips bags, candy bar papers, 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 at the same time it fitted in perfectly.
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!