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  • Activities and Competitions

    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.

Time travel: From Moa to Mars

Our Library has a lot of ‘hidden’ Time Travel novels and some beautiful non-fiction books on the universe and planets as well. It was time to bring them under the attention of our staff and students.

I used quite some material from previous displays. The only items that are new are the clock/time travel image on the middle panel and the silvery doors attached to the side panels. The doors could be closed to show only the planets surrounded by rockets aiming to explore them.
Have a look at the Astronomy display and Dinosaur display to see the origins of items.
For a week, my kitchen table at home was covered in black card, green paper, and cut roman numerals after I got rid of a few days’ work on a black/stripy circular panel that just didn’t do it for me. So I started from scratch and came up with the above design. I love it that the little boy in the middle of the green draws your attention – it’s like he’s stepping out of the tunnel – and from there, your eyes just go round and round.
What you need:
  • Get 4 plywood doors for the left and right panel of the display board (husband, son, neighbour, buddy?) Or if you’re not so lucky to have it made, make them yourself. A jigsaw does a great job and is easy to handle. Instead of having real doors you can make cardboard/corn flute ones and staple them to the board. Real doors give a more exciting 3D effect though!!!
  • Purple wrapping paper for the background of the panels and the headboard.
  • Illuminated wrapping paper for the doors and stars
  • Search Google- images for planets or copy them from an astronomy book. Enlarge them and have them laminated
  • Search Google – images for a time travel machine/ space ship, print it and have it laminated
  • Search Google – images of the silhouette of a wandering boy/girl, print it and cut it out in black card
  • Cut 12 little stars from beige paper for in between the Roman numerals of the clock
  • Have Roman numerals I – XII printed on beige paper
  • Green and beige paper for the time travel image and headboard
  • Numbers1- 12 in different sizes, printed on grey paper and laminated
  • 3 sheets A2 black card for background time machine clock and strips for the doors
  • Letters for the title: Time Travel: From Moa to Mars, printed and laminated
  • Images of Moa’s (I used laminated images from a previous Dinosaur display)
  • Images of planets (I used laminated images from a previous Astronomy display)
  • Image of a time machine or spaceship (I used images from a previous Astronomy display)
What to do: 
  • Have illuminated wrapping paper laminated to give it more body and cut stars in different sizes
  • Use A2 black card as the background for the time travel clock. Use green and yellow paper for the background of the little boy in the circle but start with the Roman numerals and the beige little stars in between to outline the size of the clock
  • Create a circle from beige paper and cut ripples from green and beige paper and position these in the centre and around the centre of the clock. Don’t paste it yet. Make sure everything fits before pasting it to the black card
  • Attach the image of the wandering boy/girl (make sure it fits in the beige circle). I made his right leg a bit longer so that it fits over the beige edge as if he’s stepping out of the background
  • Attach all the ripples and put the laminated numbers anti-clockwise just outside the beige circle. If it all seems correct and it fits than paste it to the black card
  • Staple the purple wrapping paper to the board and the headboard
  • Attach the 4 doors to the left and right panel. In my display, maintenance screwed the thin plywood doors to the board. But a glue gun would have done a good job too as long as the underlying layer is securely attached.
  • Cover the doors with illuminated paper, glue them with a glue gun and cut black card strips to frame the doors. Glue them to the illuminating paper. Let the glue cool a bit before pasting the strips because the illuminating paper easily wrinkles under the hot glue.
  • Staple the A2 card with the Time Travel image to the middle board.
  • Staple the moa images to the left board, let the images run partly over the doors
  • Staple the planets to the right board. You can let them run over the door or have them popped up from behind the doors.
  • Staple the time machine image to the board. I created an imaginary bow by stapling one ascending rocket on the bottom part of the right panel, one ascending rocket nearly in the middle of the headboard and one descending rocket on the left panel.
  • Staple the stars in place. Use also the space behind the doors to make them part of the display world.
  • Staple the title: ‘Time Travel: From Moa to Mars’ in place. I used green paper from the clock image to adorn the title. This way the headboard became visually more part of the display panels below
  • Glue or staple stars and a planet to the headboard.
 The purple of the background gives this display a surrealistic feeling while the shiny silvery doors enhance the feeling that you just have to be brave enough to step through the mirrors to end up in a different era.