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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.

Survival in the wild

After joining one of my workshops given in the Far North, the non-creative Alyson Gates got enthusiastic about making displays. She used the survival theme to create a great display. 

 

What Alyson did:

I found some pictures of the bush – could use any type of landscape –  printed some out A4 size and most of the others I enlarged to A3.

·         I did not laminate, even without lamination the background is quite shiny which makes viewing difficult from some angles.

·         I overlapped and stapled the pictures to a board.

·         Printed out the words, enlarged them several times, covered them in duraseal and then painstakingly cut them out.

·         Glued the letters to the picture covered board.

·         Bought some plastic “branches” and stapled them to the board.

·         Collected a bag full of leaf litter & small twigs from under my trees, (complete with juvenile clickbeetles & earwigs!). Found a stick on the beach.

·         Put the backboard on a box on an table, scattered the litter and twigs around, positioned the stick.

·         Found a selection of NF, fiction & graphic novels and some maps. Put some on the table with the leaves & twigs and the rest on book stands on the floor under and around the table.

 

 

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