Attaching Desk Tags

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  1. MrsFrench

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    What's the best way to attach desk name tags? I've seen a lot of people use contact paper, but that seems so expensive. Has anyone used clear packaging tape? Does this work? I'm wondering if it sticks to the desks and won't come off.....
     
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    Last year I attached them to the kids pencil boxes and it worked perfectly, but this year I bought the gigantic desk name plates and they are too long for the pencil boxes. I'm trying to figure out what to do too!:rolleyes:

    I don't really want to tape them flat on the desks because I always end up changing the kids seats around throughout the year.

    I saw some neat plastic clips that had adhesive on the bottom. Each clip held a desk name plate, notecard, or whatever. They were cool because then the desk name plates were held upright so I could easily view their names. The clips allowed you to easily switch name plates with another student in case they moved seats. I thought I saw them at reallygoodstuff.com but I checked the whole entire website:| and didn't find them.

    Good luck to both of us!!!:p
     
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    I have tables in my room and I change seats every month or so, so my name tags aren't required to be on their for a real length of time. But I laminate my name tags and then I just stick them to the desks with masking tape on the back. I never had a problem with it, and they were easy to remove and switch the kids around. In the beginning of the year when I was still figuring out the behaviors in the classroom and was changing seats all the time trying to find a good set up, I actually just used a couple of globs of sticky tac on the name plates. The teacher next door uses packaging tape and never complained about it, but she changed seats every month too so it wasn't for an extended period of time.

    The one thing I like about using contact paper and packing tape is that nothing gets underneath them. Every time I changed seats I would wipe down the tables and I was always amazed at the amount of little crumbs, snack, glitter, or dirt that was under them!
     
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    Uclaclum, if you find those clips please post it!! I'll have 2 classes a day this year and I'm looking for an easy solution to double name plates without having them take up twice the space. Those sound good!
     
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    Funny to see this thread. I hate putting desk name plates on the desks and I just got done doing just this!!

    Easiest-contact paper although it doesn't hold up for the long haul

    Fair to difficult- stickier contact paper (we must have ordered it through a teacher supply. it's a HUGE pain to put on, but it lasts the whole year)

    Hardest to remove- packaging tape: I caution you if you use it. It doesn't tear off desks easily and it leaves a sticky residue you have to scrap off.
     
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    I saw the tape strips but they are too short (12x4). My name plates are the long ones shown here
    http://reallygoodstuff.com/product_details.aspx?item_guid=e163a2eb-6a99-4fdf-bd7c-c5de5bf4ccf4

    I also saw the cool table tent desk plates, but then their pencil boxes wouln't fit.

    Why is it that the simplest things cause us so much trouble!:woot:

    If my students (and their parents) thought that I put in this much time and thought into name tags, they would think I am crazy!
     
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    I knew I saw those clips on the reallygoodstuff website! They are not shown in the picture but they talk about them in this link.
    It looks like they aren't sold individually anymore. You have to buy them with the desk plates.
    http://reallygoodstuff.com/product_details.aspx?item_guid=b0821b53-baca-4703-8ccc-fcce81885af9

    I also like these but they are so expensive! Too bad, because they are the perfect size for my name plates (18x5 in)
    http://reallygoodstuff.com/product_details.aspx?item_guid=272ca429-6b70-4fb0-b312-83ca9e35f922
     
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    I got some of the long tape strips last year for name plates. I thought I got them at Really Good Stuff??? They work really well if you can find the size you need. I guess I need to check where I got them because I want to get them again.
     
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    I always use clear packing tape, but I don't use huge nametags though. I usually use small nametags or die cuts.
     
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    Now I'm mad that my name plates are so large! I didn't know they were going to be so huge until I received them! I don't want to have to return them because by the time I pay for shipping it's not even worth it. :unsure:
     
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    I use clear packing tape and it works pretty good! It leaves a residue, but I just sprayed it with Windex, let it set up for about 10 min and it washed right off. I'll bet white vinegar would work too.
     
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    I use packing tape and I didn't have any residue, but if I did, I would use some googone on it. Googone gets rid of everything!
     
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    We have metal bases on our desks, so I attach the name tags with magnets. This makes them easily movable if the kids desks are rearranged and a new side is facing front. I like having them on the front of the desks for several reasons...the kids don't really play with them and you can easily read them when you are standing at the front of the room.
     
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    Wow! Lucky you! I'm jealous. That sounds awesome. It's nice to have them facing forward, especially for when you have a substitute.
     
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    Somewhere, on some teacher supply site, I saw tape specifically for this. It looked just like packaging tape, but was much wider. Not much help, I know. :rolleyes:

    You can puchase "Goo gone" and it takes EVERYTHING right off. No scrubbing or waiting. A little goes a LONG way. I got mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond, but know Lowes has it too. (Even takes off permanent marker, gum, etc.)
     
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    Have your kids wash their desks with shaving cream. It will take off everything including the goo that is left over from the tape.
     
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    Oh man, what a shame you have to buy the whole kit, those name plates are just sooo not appropriate for Pre-K! I wonder if there is somewhere else you can get clips like that. I know they sell them all over the place that stick to the wall and hold things facing down....if we could find ones that stick down and hold things upright that would be wonderful.
     

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