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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?
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  • 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.

Olympic Medal Winners


Olympic Medal Winner panelWatching the Olympic games and especially our ‘own’ athletes is an exiting thing to do. We jump with joy when our favorite wins and admire the efforts and perseverence of all athletes that came this far.

To show our pride and give attention to our winning olympians I created a medal winning board in the middle of the library. Often I saw students walking in front of the board watching the photos of he athletes and enjoying the medal(s) around their neck

What you need:

  • Google images Olympic medals
  • enlarged Olympic images (ancient or recent pictures)
  • coloured paper  – card
  • gold, silver and bronze coloured wrapping paper
  • photos athletes from Olympic websites
  • blu-tack/stapler/tape/guillotine/scissors/ruler/glue stick

What to do:

For the Olympic Medal Winner display I copied an image of ancient Olympic sportsmen from a book and enlarged it. Subsequently I pasted it on orange card and created a banner as wide as the board. I stapled the banner on the top part of the boards.

For the bottom part I copied the Olympic rings and followed the same procedure as above but to give it a bit more New Zealand feeling I pasted New Zealand logos in the circles. The ancient shot putter and running athlete represented the historic significance.  

detail Olympic Medal Winner panelThe display attracted lots of students especially after the New Zealand sportsmen and women began to win medals. Every morning I checked the Olympic website for New Zealand winners and pasted their photo on the gold – silver – or bronze section with the winning medal hanging from their neck.  


Seeing the smiling faces of the athletes in a row on the board, some of them even with two medals, made us all feel so proud.  


 To view larger images of displays click on:                                    http://www.flickr.com/photos/gr8displays/  

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