I always thought I had to go somewhere and pay to get stuff laminated in a professional laminating machine. (Silly me.) That's just how my mom, my friends' moms, and everyone I knew did it growing up. But, driving somewhere to get stuff laminated is a drag. Packing up the kids to run little errands like LAMINATING is just...well, ugh. So, smart people created do-it-yourself stuff called laminating sheets. A lot of it is self-adhesive, some is an iron-on variety. Basically just put two sheets on either side of a piece of paper and press together. Trim off the sides, and viola! Instant laminating. The best part is that you can do it at home after the kids have gone to bed, which (as we all know) is SO much more convenient than the mid-day errand method.
Then someone decided that paying $15-30 for a box of laminating sheets can get pricey, and discovered that for someone doing a lot of laminating (like home schooling moms), regular old contact paper (you know, the stuff found in the kitchen aisle and Lowe's or Home Depot (about $5 a roll) to line the insides of drawers with) does basically the same thing. Peel off the sticker and press together.
My friend looked at me, alarmed that I'd never heard of DIY laminating before. Meh. So I'm behind the times. I'll catch up eventually. Anyway, armed with this awesome info, now I need stuff to laminate. This is where you come in ladies. What are you favorite websites to print out preschool and toddler friendly activities and worksheets? (Obviously focus on stuff than can be laminated, given the topic of this post.) Do you have fun job charts and other ideas that you've come up with yourself? Let's pool our knowledge! This isn't limited to kid stuff. I think I might even take my to-do list and meal planning charts off the refrigerator and laminate the tar out of em', because I can. Because laminated stuff is reusable, and (as we all know) therein lies its awesomeness, right?