I bought a Zip Printer. Now what?

So, I will admit...sometimes I buy things that I want BEFORE I know what I am going to do with them.
For me teaching is more than just my career, it is also my passion and my hobby.  Most of the things that I buy anymore are things that I plan to use in my classroom.
So, when I saw these fun little Zip Printers, I knew I had to have one.  I didn't know what I was going to use it for, but I HAD to have one! If you haven't discovered these little wonders yet, you are in for a treat!  When you get one, you download the app to your phone, then you load in the special Zink paper.  You print 2x3 pics straight from your phone!  They also have sticky backs, perfect for sticking them in your lesson plans!
Since then I have found several uses for it in my classroom.

Another admission...I love lesson planning!  I love getting my ducks in a row for the next week and having everything written down and ready!  Yes, I am old school, I still hand write my lesson plans.  Anyway,  I also keep my lesson plans from year to year!  Somewhere in my classroom I have my lesson plans from my very first year of teaching!  I know, scary.
So, I use my Zip Printer to help me with my plans.
I don't always do the same things every year, but I do the same basic lessons, so having a photo record of the anchor charts that I use is extremely helpful!  That way I don't have to keep the actual anchor chart.
Lift the flap zip pictures in my lesson plans.

I also print pictures of the anchor charts that my colleagues are doing for ideas for the next year.  The pictures that the Zip Printer prints have sticky back.  By peeling down just the top part of the backing I can stick the pictures in my plans and lift them up to see what is under them!
 Zip pics in lesson plans.

I also have taken pictures of things that I want to remember for next year. You can print in collage mode as well and get several pics on one printed photo!
Zip pics in lesson plans.

They are small enough to stick right on my actual lesson plans!
The one above shows the morning message that I wrote to my kiddos on Talk Like a Pirate Day, and my themed bookshelf: Bluey McBookshelf.

I also took a picture of my Science Writing Mini-Anchor chart and the way that I have my kiddos desks set up for open house!

I LOVE my Zip Printer!  I keep thinking of other ways to use it as well:
Pinterest Pins
Miniature Bulletin Boards
About the Author Pages
Class trading cards

If you would like one for yourself, you can use this affiliate link to Amazon to get one for yourself!

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What would you use it for?


  1. Oohhhh I want one... I want one to... erm... I'm sure I could find something I desperately need one for!

    But seriously I wold use it to organise my calenders and resources :)

    Great post thanks

    1. Those are great ideas! I need to steal those! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. YIKES! Something else I would like to buy! I love lesson planning, too. I am dreaming of what I can create with this adorable little printer: notes for stickies, Exit Tickets, Desk Fairy notes, Teacher Coupons, .... I do not know if to be mad at you or praise you for this post. Haha! (Kidding) Great post! Thank you!

    1. I know! I just want to print all the things! Thank you so much for stopping by Deborah!

  3. These sound like fun! I don't know if I would use, but I just should my oldest teen daughter and she told me to add it to her Christmas list! So, it must be hit.:))

    Teaching Tidbits and More with Jamie

    1. They are fun! I printed pics for relatives recently at an anniversary party. Everyone was amazed! I also printed pics for my son's friends from his birthday party! I love it!

  4. oooo taking photos of the kids at work doing awesome things, and sending straight home to parents that day! Love it!!
    Now to save the money to justify getting it...
    Learning to be Awesome

    1. I love it! Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  5. I would use one to label things and to print some pictures that I am constantly doing at Walgreens.


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