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Complete those those things you need to do with a familiar strangely satisfying snap.

Step 1: Materials

Picture of materials
bubble wrap (free in the mail!) 
ikea frame ($2.00/pair I think)
something to be a dry erase surface:  dry erase self-adhesive sheets (shown), glossy white plasticky shrinky dink sheets, transparency sheets, glass, something like that (price varies)
cardboard or thin wood for extra backing

hammer and 1 cm hole punch
bubble wrap spacing template (attached pdf)

Update: use a cricut 

I love love love your instructable...
lachy29014 years ago
LOL i love it!!!
Kryptonite4 years ago
Pro tip: Laminated paper works as a dry erase sheet. :D
...Any ideas how you'd make something for the bubble wrap to slide into so it's easier to refresh it?
foobear (author)  Kryptonite4 years ago
Yeah, that's really what it needs... I don't have any great ideas on that yet. ***thinking***
Double sided tape? Maybe?
foobear (author)  Kryptonite4 years ago
I don't think I'd want that, cause that would be too permanent. I have an idea for another one though, which I'm going to post as a new instructable, hopefully soon.
foobear (author)  Kryptonite4 years ago
Simple but fantastic!
This is awesome!
This might just be the thing I need to get my children to get their chores done. Makes the work a little more fun.
foobear (author)  cdawisconsin4 years ago
Awesome! That was kind of my intention was to have it be a little motivation enhancer. =)
rjones43 years ago
First off-you are ingeeeeeeeeeenious!!! Sadly I am not-no tools or know-how. I was wondering... do you think a hacked dollar store frame might work? Do you think I'd be able to slide a new piece of bubble wrap in as needed?
pdub774 years ago
This is outstanding!
foobear (author)  pdub774 years ago
cool, thanks!
kenzi501984 years ago
what happens when the bubble wrap is all popped? what then? cuz i wanna make one of these but i need to know how to replace the bubble wrap.
foobear (author)  kenzi501984 years ago
it needs an easier way to be refillable, some people in the comments have suggested different ways
nerys4 years ago
as for serviceability this is pretty easy actually.

use TWO ROWS of bubble wrap.

have one row under a wood "plate" on the left that is screwed down or otherwise fastened to "squish" that row holding it in place.

when done you unfasten and replace.
foobear (author)  nerys4 years ago
that could work
peds OT4 years ago
Velcro the bubble strip to the dry erase board. You lose some coolness but get a more renewable device. I think I can try this with some special ed kids at school to help them complete tasks. Thanks!
foobear (author)  peds OT4 years ago
Crispie J4 years ago
This will be PERFECT for my ADD 19 year old son! He has zero tolerance for tedium. I asked him what it would take to make dishwashing fun. "Party hats?" he suggested. But I digress. Knowing that he would NEVER go through a complicated process to replace the bubbles, I have come up with a quick and dirty way to facilitate it. I affix the row of bubbles to a white board with adhesive putty (the kind you get for hanging posters). This makes the strips easy to change, as you don't have to add anything (such as velcro or magnet tape) to the bubbles. Also, he will be able to add and reposition strips to customize his list.
foobear (author)  Crispie J4 years ago
great solution!
St Jimmy4 years ago
Great feeling of satisfaction popping the bubbles after the job's done! Only problem is finding enough jobs to fill the spaces!
ceknight4 years ago
This is great! Only problem I see is that popping bubblewrap is a terribly addicting thing. I can see myself popping the whole column long before I get the list done...ooops!
CrLz4 years ago
So cool, very fun idea!
The bubble wrap would be easier to change if you cut off the part of this wood-in-place-holder (I don't know how it's called xP) behind it and put some magnets on it and in the frame, so you can pop that part out easily and change the bubble wrap :)
vsbins4 years ago
SGutshall4 years ago
I had this same idea, but for a menu; similar to the way fast food cups have those little buttons you push down. Give someone a menu, and they mark what they want, and they are having fun from the very beginning.

Again, it seem impractical for now to replace a strip of bubbles every time, but this idea has definite potential.
Mike734 years ago
Like you stated at the end:
"A silly idea has been brought to life."

I still find the idea awesome, even though it means a lot of time and effort for only a "silly" thing.
There should be an easy way to replace the bubble wrap strip to make it more usable though :-)
foobear (author)  Mike734 years ago
agreed. I have something in mind, but it'll need a whole new instructable. :)
NachoMahma4 years ago
. Excellent
depotdevoid4 years ago
That is a totally sweet idea!
ChrysN4 years ago
I love it!
Arbitror4 years ago