Published on December 26th, 2012 | by Carole Zangari2
5+ Ways to Make Page Fluffers and Spacers
Sometimes the pages of communication books can be hard to turn, particularly if the pages are stiff or laminated. Here are some tried-and-true methods of putting spacers between the pages to make the books easier for unruly hands to handle.
- Use a small square of soft Velcro to a corner of the page. The adhesive-backed Velcro makes this a quick and easy fix, and it’s a good way to use up leftover scraps.
- Foam stickers from a craft or dollar store work well if you only need a small amount of separation between the pages. We love that you can get them in a wide variety of shapes and themes (e.g., dinosaurs, soccer balls, princess crowns). Great way to personalize the book based on your client’s interests.
- Colorful pom-pom’s can be hot-glued to one end of a paper clip. Use the other end to clip the fluffer to the page. We like them both because they’re cute, but also because they are removable. Great way to make library books more accessible.
- A not-so-pretty but very quick and functional way to make a fluffer is to use adhesive-backed weather stripping (the kind you put around windows to keep the draft out in chilly weather). These are another good dollar store find. Snip off a little bit, attach it to the corner of a page, and you are set to go. There is a great post on making these portable (removable) on the wonderful blog, Adapting Creatively.
- Scraps of foam core can also be used as page fluffers. You can either glue them directly on a page or to a paperclip, if you need a removable spacer. The OATC has a good demo of them on their site.
- Board books present a special challenge because they are already thick and bulky. I like using a hot glue gun to put a drop of glue on the outside corner because you can make it as thin or thick as you want. Also, they are unobtrusive and help kids stay focused on the text and illustrations. Make sure to let each page dry before going on to do the next one.
Images/Miami Dade PreK ESE/ http://prekese.dadeschools.net/AS/booksandliteracy.html