Teaching Tips: Storing and Displaying Posters
Posters are great teaching aids. They have informative visuals and promote dialog and questions from parents. If you use posters in your childbirth classes, you may find it challenging to find the best way to store and display them. Consider some of these ideas to make it easier for you to use and preserve your posters!
Mount them on foam board
Foam board is inexpensive and sturdy so it makes a great backing for posters. Rubber cement works well to permanently glue laminated posters to foam board. You can put one poster on each side or have notes/reminders on the back that you can reference when holding up the poster to the class. You can also add a small picture hanger to the back and hang it up on a nail.
Use the Desktop Display
For smaller classes or one-on-one visits, the Desktop Poster Display is ideal. It has plastic sleeves which hold up to 20 posters (40 if you double them up) and posters can be arranged in any order. It collapses to less than an inch thick when not in use. The Display holds any of our small (11x17" posters) and can be purchase with or without our posters sets.
Clip posters to a dry erase board or foam board
Magnetic bulldog or binder clips work well as a quick and affordable solution for displaying posters. You can clip a poster to a thick surface or use the magnets to attach posters to a magnetized white board. Because posters are not permanently fixed to anything, they can be easily rolled or put away for storage. The clips also allow you interchange posters quickly and easily.
Buy inexpensive poster frames
Plastic lightweight poster frames gives your posters a professional look and are available for both the small (11x17") and large (18x24") posters. Some of them can be used as double-sided frames if they are not going to be permanently hung on the wall. The frames offer more protection for posters than the alternatives, but they can be more difficult to carry and store due to their bulk and weight.
Store posters in an art portfolio
Portfolios made from inexpensive paperboard, durable plastic or canvas, or even leather can be found at local craft/art stores. The 20x26" size works well for storing the large posters flat. Most come with carrying handles for easy portability. Posters with or without foam board can be easily slipped inside when not in use.
Roll posters and store in a tube
The large posters fit in a 20" tube. Most tubes will hold 10 posters easily. Poster tubes are less bulky and easier to transport than portfolios. However, posters will be a little curled from being rolled up. Laminated posters (like ours) will flatten out easily, but unlaminated posters tend to stay curled.
About Plumtree Baby's Posters
Plumtree Baby offers the most modern, up-to-date and appealing posters on the market. Our posters were recently revised and include beautiful imagery, engaging graphics and easy-to-read content.
If you're new to using our posters as visual aids, rest assured that they are as high-quality, versatile and helpful as the rest of our resources. All of our posters include the following:
- Laminated on both sides for maximum for durability.
- Diverse, modern imagery and helpful graphics.
- Follow best practices in health literacy (including easy-to-read text).
- Cover all essential pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum topics.
- Are available in English, Spanish or French.
- Available in two sizes (Small 11x17 or Large 18x24").
Share methods have you found helpful for displaying or storing your posters or other visual aids in the comments below.
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