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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.

Bike Wise Week

What an email to colleagues can do! An spare tire, helmet, gloves, pump and saddle were delivered on demand. An old bike attached to the frame illustrated that you had to get your gear right first. The posters of fancy bikers in lycra made the students dream of the Tour de France or long trips around Timaru.

Sports gear from the college on dolls and a beautiful framed suit were the finishing touch.
The bike immediately attracted the attention of (mostly) the boys. Trying to remove the gear was tempting so I made sure it was very well attached to the display frame.

 What you need:

  • images from internet or from cycling books
  • coloured paper
  • bike (I used an old one but a fancy new one would be even better)
  • bike gear
  • College gear (optional)
  • Bike Wise Week promotional material
  • blu-tack/stapler/extra strong tape/wire/nylon cord/guillotine/scissors/ruler
What to do:

The information provided by the organisation was printed in small print and the logo didn’t stand out that well. I enlarged the orange logo and pasted it on blue carton (the college colours), while I highlighted the most important information to make it stand out more. Little orange streamers on the bike connected the bike with the orange on the display.

By attaching objects on the top and next to the display the usual square three panel board looked suddenly quite different.

The College provided the beautiful framed black suit and blue cycling gear. A relative provided the dolls.

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