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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.

Barriers to creative thinking

 

Blocks and Limiting Beliefs   Switch To Positive Attitude
Negative Attitude    Positive Attitude

Do you have the tendency to focus on the negative aspects of new ideas when creating a display, like too expensive – too difficult – I don't have the knowledge/ skills / time / space – we can't do it because…..

Are you seeing all the ‘why-nots’ instead of the ‘let’s-do-it-even- though”

 

Instead of seeing the obstacles and barriers switch your focus: How can  I / we make this work or what would we need? Can I stretch finances by begging and buying 2nd hand? Who has the required skills, or can I learn those skills? How can I generate time?  What  space would be perfect?

     
Fear of Failure   Be Prepared to Learn

You might have a fear of looking foolish or being laughed at when creating an elaborate or unusual display. Most people think that others will judge them negatively when trying something unfamiliar but most people love to see creative ideas coming to life. Maybe it is your own insecurity that holds you back? Or lack of support? Have you talked about your plans with colleagues or supervisor?

 

We never laugh at a child's first attempt to talk, walk, and draw. We encourage them. Lots of adults have lost confidence in trying out new skills. They fear negative judgements from themselves or others. Be courageous – ignore that voice in your head saying you might fail to do a perfect job. If you’re disappointed with your first attempt, learn from it and DON’T STOP. Trying again and again is the only way to learn what works and what doesn’t.

     
Executive Stress   Make Time for Creativity

You might not have the time to think creatively. The over-stressed person finds it difficult to think objectively at all. Stress reduces the quality of all mental processes. It limits creative thinking because that requires inspiration and exploration. Thinking outside the box requires a relaxed state of mind.

 

Managing day-to-day operations is important, but it shouldn’t prevent new ideas and a fresh approach. Don’t think of new displays or ideas when in the middle of managing accounts. But before you go to sleep is perfect. Guide your thinking; let your mind drift off. That space between being awake and asleep is a fantastic source of ideas…. Allow your mind to welcome images that pop up.

     
Following Rules   Circumvent Status Quo

You might not be aware that it hampers the creativity when you have a tendency to conform to accepted patterns of belief or thought – the rules and limitations of the status quo. You restrict yourself with staying on the safe side. You prevent yourself from being open to suggestions and ideas that are new or not associated with your field of work.

 

Some rules are necessary. We don’t want to offend or harm others with displaying ideas or concepts that are offensive. But we often create our own imaginary rules when it comes to making displays. We assume we know what others would accept or not without much evidence. Imagine 5 different people, a medical student, art teacher, chaplain, fashionista and jazz singer and envisage how they would react to your display.

     
Making Assumptions   Be Open Minded

Conscious and unconscious assumptions restrict creative thinking. Are you sure that a specific subject is not done?  Is it the topic that is taboo? Religious reasons? Is it a touchy subject or is it because you feel uncomfortable tackling the issue, not knowing how to make a display about it?

 

Identify and examine the assumptions you are making to ensure they are not excluding new ideas. Talk with a variety of people, old, young, conservative and progressive and figure out what it is that might make the topic unfavourable for a display (excluding obvious reasons). But don't be afraid to stand out. Trust your own capability and intelligence.

     
Over-reliance on Logic   Let Go of Old Concepts

Investing all your intellect into logical or analytical thinking – the step-by-step approach – excludes imagination, intuition, emotion or humour. Use your emotions to create a display, if it makes you smile it makes others smile. If it makes you happy it makes others happy and if it makes you think about the theme of your display it draws people in and they will stop and contemplate the philosophy or opinion that you (indirectly) portray.

 

Creativity is not the product of logical thought. It is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. Creativity is looking with fresh eyes at old ways of doing and improving them. But even if your intellect works in a logical and analytical way, you still can create fantastic displays. Just let go of the assumption that it needs to be functional or logical. Allow yourself to ‘fool around’ with materials and concepts. Be wild!! You might be surprised what you come up with.

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