Tools of the Trade

It is neither hard nor expensive to get started although there are a few things you will need.

Removing Stamps from Paper

Children enjoy saving stamps from letters that come in the mail. You can show them how to safely get the stamps off the envelopes.

  1. Cut the envelope around each stamp so that you leave about 1/4 of an inch of envelope. That extra piece of envelope is important because children do not have precise control when they are cutting, and you do not want them to damage the stamp.
  2. Soak the stamp in warm water. After about ten minutes you should be able to slide the stamp off the remains of the envelope.
  3. Rinse the stamp in a cup of cool water.
  4. Let the stamp dry, face down, on a clean paper towel.
  5. Cover it with another paper towel and place a heavy book, such as the telephone book on it. You do this so that it won't curl up.