Printed Post-It notes

Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address on Post-It NotesI’d been thinking about this for a while, and finally got around to spending the vast amount of time it took (5 minutes) to actually do it. I created a template for Word that printed the outline of six 3″ x 3″ Post-It notes. After sending it through the printer, I then stuck the Post-Its over the outlines, making sure that the adhesive side would go in first (to prevent paper jams).

After that, it was just a matter of filling in the squares on the Word template with whatever I wanted. In this test case, I just used a photograph of Abraham Lincoln on one Post-It and some lines from the Gettysburg Address on another. They turned out nicely.

I’ve used them at home with the kids as “screen time” coupons to be redeemed; as chore reminders that can be taken off the gridge when completed; and as fun components of different games we’ve played (e.g., trivia questions).

This also opens up many possibilities in the classroom. I’m planning on using pre-printed Post-Its for a number of activities, including

  • letting students create their own review sheets;
  • assigning students to different groups with tasks;
  • handing out ‘forms’ for students to fill out the first day of class that I can then store stuck to paper in folders;

and more. Here‘s a great list of uses for Post-Its in the classroom. And here‘s another.

If you’re interested in the template, email me (steve dot whitaker at gmail dot com) or use the contact form. I’ll be happy to send it.