Happy almost Friday everyone!! Is it just me, or do the days seem longer the closer we get to summer break??
Today I wanted to talk about clipboards. I use them A LOT in my room. We use them when we're on the rug, but we also use them when we are working on our Daily 5 language arts rotations and our Daily 3 math rotations, as well as taking them outside to do work in nice weather. I use them so much that I have a class set (which I will have to add to next year, since we are getting the overflow from a neighboring school that is going through remodeling). For me, it is cost effective to get the wooden clipboards that are only 97¢ at Wal-Mart. However, versatile they may be, they are not the most attractive tools we use. So, I went scrolling along in Pinterest and I came across a VERY Pinteresting idea. Cover them with Duck Tape!!
I don't know if you've noticed, but Duck Tape has come A LONG way from the early days of the thick, silver tape they were famous for. Nowadays, there are so very many different colors and designs it can be a bit overwhelming!! I went shopping around at various stores, and found different designs of Duck Tape in every store from Wal-Mart to $5 & Below, and the prices stayed pretty much the same. I wanted to find patterns and designs that would appeal to boys and girls, so I ended up buying quite a few different rolls. I did find a few different types, and decided to try them all out. Here are three different types that I tried (I'm sure there are other types out there, I just haven't found them yet!).
The sparkly silver roll, pictured on the far left, is kind of like one giant sticker with a backing that needs to be pulled off before it's used. This was helpful because I could put the tape right up against the clipboard to measure it out, without having to fight the sticky side. Of the three kinds I used, this one was the thickest. That made it a bit hard to work with around the edges and corners of the clipboard, but it still turned out very nicely! However, I was only able to cover one clipboard before I ran out (I covered the front, back, and sides).
Next I tried the 'traditional' roll, which is the roll pictured in the middle. The tape on these rolls is thick enough that it can, at times, be tricky to cut. I spent a lot of time juggling the roll and the scissors while I cut the pieces, so it would probably be helpful to have someone hold the tape while you cut it. I was able to cover two clipboards with this type of roll.
I think it helps to start out with different types, until you find the one you like the best and are most comfortable with. I did not try any generic or store-name brand tape, so I cannot give an opinion on those. Growing up, my mom always said there were some things you just had to pay a little extra money on. I feel that Duck Tape is one of those things, especially since I want these boards to last as long as possible before I need new ones. So far, I have gotten two years' worth out of the first batch I made, and I plan on using them again next year!! I just keep adding new patterns and designs, and I have created a class set of unique, kid-friendly clipboards that they all enjoy using.
I would love to hear about how you use clipboards in your classroom!! :-)
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