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    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?
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  • 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.

Olympic Medal Winners


Watching 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.  

The 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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