They are a "lifesaver" ;-) in the car and at church. They are a fun alternative at home on a rainy day when the kids are tired of books or puzzles.
They are inexpensive. I usually spend about $1.50-$2.00 per book.
But when budgets are tight, even that amount may be a little much, as the books are not strongly re-usable. For that reason, I use these books more as a "treat" than an everyday item.
One day, while my son was working on an especially "cute" little Dover (a train station with supposedly re-usable stickers) I noticed that after he used the stickers once, they were not very "re-usable," as promised. The edges were curling and it was difficult to put the stickers back on the sticker sheet that they were originally from for use another time.
An idea came to me. Why not cover the entire book in tape, including the stickers, and use velcro to attach the individual stickers to the book for prolonged future use?
I love tape. I am known to coat entire packages that I am mailing in the lovely substance for added security ;-). So this was right up my alley.
I carefully coated the little book, and then went on to cover the stickers, front and back. Later, I made a trip to Wal-Mart, where I discovered tiny velcro circles.
I attached the velcro pieces to the little book itself in various places, and then on the backs of each tape-coated sticker.
Voila! Now the stickers could be used over and over and applied to different places on the book to create different scenes.
I tried this with one of our Christmas Dover Little Activity books after my daughter had completed it once.
My sister suggested using mailing tape (a bit easier than Scotch tape) and this worked even better and faster.
The books are now highly durable and reuseable. :-) They and the accompanying stickers may be stored in a ziplock bag and brought to church or in the car and used over and over.
It is a fun (and easy) idea to try. If your children are a little older, they may even enjoy covering the pieces in tape and attaching the velcro.
Dover Little Activity books may be found on Amazon (clickable links below and above). You may also find them in your local craft or gift store. There is usually a wonderful selection that continually varies.
Happy Little Dovering! :-)
Note: In general, Dover Little Activity books are cute, sweet, educational, and innocent, but I have come across a few that I wasn't too keen on---you can pick and choose the ones that you think are edifying and appropriate when you shop. Here is a sampling of some Dover Little Activity books below.
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