A couple weeks ago, a friend and I were chatting about solutions to this problem. She had materials for her child that would be used on a short-term basis, to accompany reading lessons that would last about one week. The extra work, expense, and waste of laminating them seemed pointless.
This is where vinyl name badge holders can come to the rescue! Avery makes some great ones that we’ve used, although there are other brands. Just slip the paper symbol or picture into the pocket of the badge holder and you’ve got a sturdy,
drool- liquid-resistant card for eye gaze or touch. When you are finished with the symbol, just swap it out for a new one and use the pockets over and over.
|Vinyl badge holders with computer-generated words|
and 2" picture symbols.
Some badge holders even come with “zippers” to increase their resistance to moisture (see these).
I won’t pretend that these vinyl pockets are cheap; they can run anywhere from $0.35 (in bulk) to $0.85 per pocket. Thirty-five to 85 cents of lamination film can protect quite a few 2 x 2” symbols. But the horizontal pockets we use have lasted for years and have saved me hours of laminating time. I’d say they’ve paid for themselves.
At Walmart yesterday, I found a package of 12 generic badge holders for $1.88. That’s just over $0.15 a piece. They are considerably flimsier than the Avery brand, so I can’t recommend them for extended use or for kids who are rough on materials. This is a case of “you get what you pay for.”
Badge holders also readily accept adhesive Velcro for use on choice boards.
There you go! If you find yourself in need of a way to protect symbols or pictures for a short time, try the badge holders.
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On a personal note, thanks so much for your patience with the long silences here at Adapting Creatively. We’ve been dealing with some health issues at our house that take away time from blogging. Hopefully things will settle soon and I’ll be able to get back into a routine. Thanks for understanding!