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Old 06-21-2016, 09:13 AM
 
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I'm about to embark on making my own whisper phones because they are so expensive to buy! A lot of the directions I have found include an optional step about decorating the whisper phones with duct tape. Has anyone done that? It looks so cute, but I worry that it would eventually get sticky after lots of hot, dirty hands.

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I left mine plain. I like how I can put them in the dishwasher if needed, and I don't have to worry about chipping paint/peeling tape.
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I bought some, but I would not put the tape on them. My sweet babies would try to pick it off, even if unconsciously.
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Oh, good points! I hadn't even thought about those things! Decision made. Thanks!
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Old 06-21-2016, 03:40 PM
 
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a pipe cutter. It was so worth the money when I made my phones!

I agree with leaving them plain with maybe your name Sharpie-ed on in case they grow legs.


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Try Scholastic with your bonus points. I did that and was able to get 20. I never thought of putting them in the dishwasher! I'll bring them home tomorrow, since I'm still in school. If you do decide to make them, you don't need to cut the pvc pipe. Just find the sizes you need.
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I put mine in plastic bags with student's name on the bag and stored them in a plastic basket. (Ran them through the dish washer periodically.) I would think the duct tape would be distracting.

Gave one to our reading teacher, she asked for another one--our janitor used hers to repair the sink in her room!

Second grade teacher used them for "silent" reading!
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I went to the hardware store and bought a small straight PVC pipe and two small elbow joints for each phone. I used duct tape to secure it together, so there is duct tape on the 'handle' of the phone. I used a solid color so it looked as nice as possible for as long as possible. I have to retape 2-3 each year because kids pick/pull at them, but most are on year 6 and counting. I have kids clean them off with Lysol wipes every so often since they're breathing through them when they read.
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I used spray paint. I sprayed half of them red and half of them blue. I also have purchased some but they were too small for my students' heads so the handmade ones were better.
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Old 07-04-2016, 11:39 AM
 
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Thank you all for the advice. They are made and ready to go for August!


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