Laminating Ideas for Kids
Kids get a kick out of laminating machines. Whether you’re a teacher looking for a fun project for your class or a parent hoping to entertain your kids on a rainy or snowy day, there are a number of things you and the kids can laminate.
If you want to get kids excited about reading, have them make their own special bookmarks. Cut poster board into 2-inch by 6-inch strips. Have the kids decorate the strips however they want. Kids can draw designs or glue pictures from a magazine onto their bookmarks.
Once the kids have finished designing their bookmarks, run each through your laminator. Cut each bookmark out, if needed. Use a hole punch to put a hole at the top of each bookmark, then thread a piece of ribbon or yarn through the hole to finish the project.
Star or Chore Charts
A laminating machine is perfect tool for creating reusable star or chore charts for home or the classroom. Use your computer and word processor to make a chart listing each child’s chores or assignments. Print out the charts, then run them through the laminator. Use a dry erase marker to write each child’s name on the charts and to put a star or checkmark by the chores as he or she completes them. At the end of the week, erase the stars and start over.
Have some fun with your laminating machine by using it to create games for your kids. You can find printable bingo cards online pretty easily. You can also make your own using a word processor. Print out as many bingo cards as you need on card stock, then run them through your laminating machine.
Flash cards come in handy when kids are learning to read or are learning a new language. Unprotected index cards can get worn out pretty quickly. To extend the life of your kids’ flash cards, laminate them.
If your kids love to play pretend, you probably have stacks of paper money lying about. But paper money gets crumpled or torn pretty easily. Extend its life by laminating it.
These ideas are just a few of the ways you can use a laminating machine with your students or children. You can also use your laminator to preserve kids’ artwork and projects and to create classroom posters that last year after year.