Last Friday my sweet little homebound boy asked me if I remembered to make him “Bob the Builder” things. He told me he loves Bob the Builder and Handy Manny. He also happens to work on bilabials so these characters are perfect! Sadly, I had totally forgotten to make him an activity! So this week I had to quickly make something, print it, laminate it, and have it all set to go for him on Friday afternoon. The Building Better Grammar activity I made for this student, which is pictured below, is on sale for 50% off for the next 24 hours (until 7 PM Friday 10/3/14).
Not to mention I had to prepare visuals for the apple tree preschool lesson I had planned (just in my head and on Pinterest, though!) for Wednesday and Thursday.
Well, my school has been out of lamination plastic since before school started on September 2. Luckily, I have my handy dandy personal laminator (that I bought way back in 2007 in college). I LOVE this thing; it has come in so handy! I have the Duck brand one, but that’s not made anymore. This one from Scotch is just as great.
As soon as I was finished printing, I took my papers home and they were all laminated in minutes!
Some people are hesitant to buy their own laminator because they fear it will get expensive. Not when you buy these laminating pockets! I bought this pack at the beginning of the school year; it happened to be on sale for only $10. If you want a slightly thicker kind, these are 5 mil. These sheets are thicker than the kind my school normally has, so I can print on regular sheets of paper, not even card stock!
I also needed Velcro for the sequencing aspect of my Apple Trees Sensory Craft visuals. I planned this activity in only 3 days but I was still able to get everything prepped in time!
The next step was Velcroing the sequencing mat and visuals. I love the Velcro that comes in coins, because cutting strips of Velcro is a HUUUUGE pain in the butt. It’s ruined too many of my scissors and I may be on my way to carpel tunnel because of it. These coins are great and so cheap!
So, whenever I need materials made quickly, these handy tools are a lifesaver. I’ve also used them for non-school related projects, like bunting for bridal showers.
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