I’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;
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.