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VISUAL AIDS -  Just a suggestion on visual aids: If you are going to put the time and effort into making nice visual aids, invest a little more into laminating your work. You can get a roll of laminating paper (light weight) at a teachers' supply store or a paper supply store. I spent between $15-20 3-4 years ago and I am still using the same roll!! Cut the needed laminating paper, (cut a top and bottom to surround the visual aid) heat up your iron to high, use brown paper bags under the picture/object and on top (to protect your ironing board and iron) and press away. Hold down for several seconds then move to the next spot until it sticks like it should. (Test & time according to the how hot your iron gets). Pull the brown paper off, set aside, let the laminated project cool, trim with a bit of an edge left, and store flat. Your visual aid will last time after time and will save time and money, not to mention hard work!! You can tape page numbers to the back, tape the pictures to the bulletin board or whatever without fear of destroying your art! OR use the wide transparent tape over the visual aid to protect it (and on the back if desired). This is a little easier but costs a bit more. Also, I have found that magnets can be used on many chalkboards. A great way to hang up pictures/words." MARLA T., COLORADO
VISUAL AIDS IDEA - "I copy things on cardstock for more durability. If it is something I will use repeatedly I then mount the cardstock on poster board using rubber cement. If I know that I am going to use it often I laminate it. I laminate almost everything because even if I don't use it again for Primary I will use it for Family Home Evening. If you can't find an inexpensive place to laminate just use clear contact paper. For 81/2 X 11 size sheets try using sheet protectors. There is some expense and time involved initially but down the road you will be glad you took the time to do it right.   For smaller pictures like the packets (animals, food, etc.) from the Church distribution  Center, I cut them out, laminate them, then I use sticky back Velcro on them. Use the soft fuzzy side to stick to the pictures. Now you can use these pictures for a flannel board story or I have some craft sticks with the other piece of Velcro on them, for variety you can have kids hold the pictures on the sticks. I also have a big piece of sheet metal covered in a solid color contact paper so I also put a small piece of strip magnet on the back of my pictures. When the picture is laminated you can use tape (I prefer double stick tape) or gummy tack to put it up anywhere. Gummy tack works great for game pieces because it can be moved and restuck so easily. Now to store my laminated posters and big sheets, I simply made a storage folder by taping two boxes  together using box tape to create a huge file folder. It holds a lot of posters and stores out of site behind my dresser. ROZAN MITCHELL, UTAH
PRESERVING PICTURES FROM MANUALS - "I like to hang up the pictures from the manual when we are using them in class. I use the clear notebook sheet protectors and just slip in the ones needed for that particular week. Our classroom chalkboards are also magnetic! I have just scotched taped some thin magnetic strips (from the craft store) on the back of the sheet protectors. It sure beats using tape or having the pictures all wrinkled from helping hands. " RJ, WASHINGTON
RECYCLED FLANNEL - After laminating pictures for stories, paste recycled dryer sheets on the back for use on flannel board.

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