Laminators can be a fun and helpful tool around the house. You can make crafts with the kids or even create learning templates like flashcards and reusable dry erase worksheets.
But laminators, like any other machine, can be harmful without supervision. The average laminator can reach temperatures of 200 degrees!
Here are some helpful tips to ensure safe laminating:
1. Make sure your laminator has HeatGuard. This feature ensures that the exterior of the machine stays cool to the touch.
2. Make sure to unplug your laminator when you are finished using it. If you tend to be forgetful, get a laminator with Auto Shut-Off.
Here is a laminator with Auto-Shut Off
Here is a laminator with Heat Guard Technology
When the kids get bored during the summer, bring out your home laminator and get the kids involved in fun crafts. Download the free templates below and get laminating!
Summer Games. These games keep kids occupied and they are dry erase!
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Play Doh PlaceMats. Forget the video games, these old school play doh mats help kids get creative with their hands.
Free Download Here! PlaydoughMats-ShapeMonsters
Mask Cut-Outs. Though Halloween is months away, summer is still a great time to play dress-up. Kids can make their own laminated masks.
Free Download Here! Fellowes_IdeaCenter_Child-Mask-Cut-Outs
Summer Reading Bookmarks. Engage kids in reading by letting them laminate their own bookmarks. They can take them to the library or the bookstore.
Free Download Here! Fellowes_IdeaCenter_Bookmarks
I’m bored…It’s the classic moan of late summer. The holidays are over. Pools? Been there, done that. So they come to you, the household entertainment director. Here’s a solution that will keep them off video games and engaged with learning, which is also deceptively fun.
Create a Memory Card Game Animal/ABC game with your laminator. Perfect for pre-school to first grade!
1. Download the free memory card templates at the Idea Center:
2. Print the fronts and the backs of the cards.
3. Put a back to every front card.
4. Laminate together fronts and backs
5. Cut the cards.
The animal cards (vs. the Letter Cards) need additional corner trimming as shown. Help your kids find the letter that corresponds to every animal. Show them how to line up the animal card on top of the letter card so that the letter shows through the trimmed corner.
Now the kids are learning about animals, the ABC’s and having fun!
Look for other great laminating ideas with free downloadable templates at the Idea Center: Fellowes Laminator Idea Center
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