Toddlers are brighter than some people think.
If you're a parent with a kid between the ages of one and three, you're probably thinking of ways to prepare them for the world of structured learning. What does a laminator have to do with any of this? Here are three ways a laminator and some pouch film can help you create some awesome learning materials for your kids.
1. Making animal associations
There's a good chance your toddler already knows the difference between fish and dogs, cats and birds. Instead of laminating a bunch of cards with numbers on them, go into Microsoft Word or any other writing app you own and paste pictures of different animals onto different parts of the document. For example, put three bunnies on one corner and five elephants on another.
After you print out a couple pages, cut them into 2-inch by 3-inch cards without severing any of the animals. Put each of these "cards" into a data-card sized WrapSure pouch and then feed each one through a pouch laminator. Then, use the cards when playing with your kid, providing him or her with a solid concept of numbers (i.e. three giraffes, four cats, etc.).
2. A house of cards
From an adult's perspective, building a house of cards can be somewhat of a challenge. Spatial recognition, design and blueprinting may seem like complex concepts, but teaching your toddlers how to build something will give them a solid fundamental understanding of geometry.
To make it easier for them to construct a house of cards, laminate an entire deck and let them go crazy. As it turns out, the plastic film will likely make it much easier for your child to make a structure that stays together.
3. The simple words
Asking your toddler to place a card titled "giraffe" next to a toy giraffe may be a little much. However, once they've learned their letters, teaching them simple words such as "dog" or "cat isn't too difficult.
So, laminate a few data cards with simple words that name animals or other easily identifiable objects. When asking your kid to pair cards with their physical counterparts, make a game out of it - reward them with something.
In the long run, your kids will be well-prepared for the public or private school system. It never hurts to give them a jumpstart on their education!