The BEST way to attach Name Tags to Student Desks!



Do your student name tags make you crazy?  Mine always have!  I laminate them and attach them to the desk with heavy tape.  They look great until that "one" students starts to pick at the tape and then everyone else at the table notices and then everyone has a half falling off name tag.  I have a solution for you.

I am once again linking up with Jasmine over at Buzzing with Mrs. McClain.  I must admit I love linking up but somewhat struggled with something to share this time around and then I looked around my classroom and thought about some things I have done that have made my life easier. 

I don't know about you but name tags drive me CRAZY.   I have tried different methods to adhere them to the desk: regular tape, packing tape all around and sticky tack, to name a few.  None of these methods really worked well - they peeled off from cleaning or from the prying little fingers of first graders.  They ended up looking so horrible I tore them off and started fresh!



Replacing them part way through the year is expensive and now that we don't have a teacher supply store where I live it is also not an option.  So it was Pinterest to the rescue!  I read about using Velcro and wondered what the custodians would think of this option.  Another downfall of packing tape was the residue that it left.  I got the OK and velcroed them all down.  What a difference!  No one picks at them because they are not really stuck down.  My second worst fear was the dreaded Velcro sound... You know the kids who like to undo and then redo Velcro shoes over and over!  I  figured they would do the same with the name tags but no, thank goodness.  I also love how super easy it is to relocate a child to another desk - pull of the tag, empty the desk and move them to their new home.  That was always a pain when you had to peel up the nametag.

Using velcro has made my life so much easier.  As an added bonus I now make my own name tags so if they do get destroyed I can easily print another, laminate it and then stick it down.  So much easier. If you are interested, this is what my name tags look like.  They are available in a variety of styles. Click the image to see the different design styles and options.



I hope you found this classroom hack helpful.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time, 


18 comments

  1. Thank goodness I'm not the only one who puts 'fail-safe' organisation protocols into place and then fails to use them!!! I am so going to look into the desk caddy- I really need to get on top of my mess! Thanks for sharing Xx

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    1. The story of my life. Things get busy and my organization goes out the window until the day I stay late and just get things under control. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  2. Velcro on nametags changed my life, lol. I just love how easy it is to move kids when needed. I also have my kinders take their name tag with them to specials at the beginning of the year when specials teachers are just learning their name and they may still need to look at it to write it :)

    Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten

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    1. So far Velcro has worked well for me. My only complaint is the kids who peel of the Velcro from the strip. I guess you will always have those kids not matter how you choose to attach those darn name tags.

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  3. I love your ideas in this post! I too dread nameplates so much that I don't even keep them on past the first week of school lol! Using velcro is genius. Your teacher toolbox is wonderful. I have a modified one in my classroom that is actually for my students. Thanks for sharing your ideas and for linking up with the blog hop!

    Jasmine
    Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

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    1. I always love linking up for your Oughta Know Blog Hop. Thanks for checking my post out.

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  4. All of these ideas are wonderful and I am going to definitely be buying some Velcro!

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    1. Velcro is a wonderful thing! Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. This is a really great idea. I will have to implement it since my children have taken off their desk tags.
    Thanks very much

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  6. I'm wondering about names that are different lengths...so you just put the Velcro on each desk at an equal length apart so no matter the names length, the Velcro on the back fits the Velcro on each desk? Th S sounds like an awesome idea!

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    1. Hi, I use short velcro strips and put them on the ends of the name tag. I leave the piece that attaches to the desk on it and then press it onto the desk. I make sure to apply lots of pressure make sure it sticks and then I can easily pull up the nametag. I tried guessing where the strips on the desks should go and I always messed up. This seems to work the best. Does this make sense?

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  7. Do you use long strips of velcro or velcro dots?

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    1. I use a short strip on the short end of the name tags that I have already laminated. Thanks for stopping by. Christina

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  8. Do you use long strips of velcro or velcro dots?

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    1. I use long strips and cut them to size. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

      Christina

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  9. Any idea how to remove the Velcro at the end of the year? Our schools makes clean everything off before the start of summer.

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    1. I peel them off and then you can use something like nail polish remover or anything that removes the goo - goo gone works too.

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  10. It is really interesting for me to read this article. Thanks for it. I like such topics and everything connected to them.
    name tag labels for kids

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