Sometimes young children with special needs have trouble turning book pages. Actually, my experience is that children of all kinds can have trouble turning book pages, and that it can be very helpful to somehow make these pages easier to turn.
One of the ways this is done is to add page “fluffers” to the pages. This is not a title that I came up with – I ran across it on the internet. In fact, if you search on Pinterest for “page fluffers” you will come across all manner of ways to separate book pages in order to make them easier to turn.
While you might think of most page fluffers as delicate, wispy, and feathery things, most are not. The best type seem to be some type of thick material added to the pages to add some space for little fingers to grab onto.
After viewing my options on Pinterest, I decided to try the “hot glue” fluffer method on some board books that I recently purchased at a yard sale. This is done by hot gluing a dot to each page of the book you are Fluffing. The advantage to this method is that a)it’s super- cheap, assuming you already have a glue gun and glue sticks, and b)it’s quite unobtrusive. Since the glue dots are almost clear, they don’t distract you as much as a piece of felt or foam might.
The downside? I found them a little bit sticky. I found that I actually had to put a little bit of effort into separating the hot glue dot from the adjacent page – which to me was a Big Fluffer Negative. Why would you want to make the pages even more difficult to turn than they were un-fluffered?
However, on the very day that I was checking out Fluffer options, I was also organizing some tool materials for this summer’s Tool Shelf Project. And there tucked amongst the picture-hanging paraphernalia were these “picture bumpers”. They look huge in this picture, but these are about the size of thumbtacks.
They are clear, adhesive backed, and not at all sticky. I decided to go ahead and purchase some of these from Amazon, and when they arrived they looked like this:
They were of course super-easy to apply. I just peeled them off the backing and one on each page of the books. The advantages were that 1)they were very clear, 2)they were small (5/16″), 3)they were not sticky, and 4)they were perfectly-formed dots – something that’s all but impossible to do with a glue gun. Of course, the disadvantage were that they were not near as cheap as the glue gun dots – these were about 10 cents apiece.
With all this information in mind, I gave the glue dot fluffers some additional thought, and wondered if I could de-sticky them. I decided to try one of my old scrapbooking tricks, which is to add baby powder to the back of stickers to make them unsticky. I simply sprinkled some powder right on the hot glue dot, as so:
Then I rubbed the powder onto the dot, and voila – no more sticky page fluffers. Plus, I used Gold Bond powder, which was the only powder we had at the time, so now if you smell the book very deeply, you catch a nice, mentholy smell…
So, to sum up, if you have the resources, I would recommend the furniture bumpers as fluffers – easy, neat and nice-looking. However, if you are like me and want to do things the cheapest way, go with the glue dots and add some powder if they are sticky.
Let the Fluffering begin!