At the beginning of school (and others autonomy occasions for my children), than started the problem of loosing objects
It could be the confusion at school, in the gym or during a trip, when groups of children are to messy? Are MY children incurable dreamers?
I found few solutions:
- I first I followed the advice of the teachers Montessori nursery directly involving children in dressing up in the morning and prepare the backpacks so they know their stuff.
- Then I followed the advice of the extremely practical teachers of primary school by customizing the smallest school objects to be easily recognized by the careless owner in the basket - always full - of lost properties.
- Finally, I tried to solve the issue of finding QUICKLY the backpack
among the thousands of bags and backpacks piled in the back of the coach of a school trip or in the changing room of the pool / gym.
I added to the backpacks of my children a easy-to-do luggage tag cut from colored foam sheets and written with the name and address.
They are very easy to make, I think it's not really necessary to write a real TUTORIAL step by step.
Just cut the line at the end of the arrow, creating a gap, and insert the arrow tip!
I put here some images, a template and some considerations:
The dimensions of the tags must be adjusted according to the use to which it is intended the label.
The pdf template you can download from Scribd
corresponds to a label rather large, for very dreamy children.
The shape of the tip can be more or less pointed. I prefer more blunt and rounded tips.
This labeling system fast and cheap. It is also a last minute craft if you cut out the arrow shape directly from the foam sheet and write with a permanent marker.
- The label is very visible.
You can attach and detach easily.
Can be replaced if you need a different one.
It's elastic, rather durable and waterproof.
This type of label can be further customized with decorations, applications, with different shapes: try searching for images "foam craft paper bookmarks" for 1000 ideas.
In addition to the simplicity of execution, you can take the opportunity of creating a custom label to turn it into a "craft activity" to realize with your child
: fun is guaranteed and the chance of confusing the personal object with that of someone else are further lowered .
(I don't know if posted my project in the right forum..
The complete project is on my (italian) blog: