Let me preface this post by saying that none of this was my idea and everything that I know about it, I learned through First Grade Blue Skies and from trial/error over the past two years.
I wasn’t even going to post about it, but my FB and IG was flooded with questions today, so here are my answers!
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Begin by just doing straight rows and cut away excess material. I go slow and use a book to seal as I run the contact paper along the table. This helps to reduce bubbles, but learn to love the bubbles that you can’t get rid of! 🙂
This picture is to show you exactly how much one role will last. Only this much. Never fear, though! Two rolls come in the pack and two rolls will cover your entire kidney table (but you won’t have much left).
Finish covering any little spots that are left and voila!
You have a beautiful and fun new kidney table!
Now for the stuff no one wants to tell you. . .
It took me about 30 minutes to do this and yes, there are some bubbles. The edges are bumpy and that is just the way it will be.
I did this last year, too and learned a few things.
1. It is super easy to clean with Clorox wipes.
2. The kids will only attempt to peel off pieces that are already peeling. It’s actually very difficult to remove, so they won’t try that for very long.
3. It gets dingy looking after a few months and a few tears and rips will appear from daily wear and tear. It still looks cute and visitors will still love it!
4. I had the kids work on removing this during the last week of school last year. It was a huge pain but I wanted a fresh start this year. They did it and I helped, but it sucked and was a lot of work to get the goo off of the table afterward (use Goo Gone).
That all said, I was not adverse to doing it all over again! It makes me happy and it so fun! The kids all know that this table is their “Work With Teacher” table and I love it!
My favorite homework for this time of year and easy to throw into small groups! I also print off the summer review pack and tell the kids that they get a prize if they give it to their first grade teacher next year. 🙂 Parents are always grateful that I send it home.