Saturday, February 16, 2008

Crafting Tip

Making and gluing crafts can many times be quite a pain with all of the glue running every where. Liquid glue takes a long time to dry and sometimes papers accidentally get stuck together. Children sometimes don't understand that they don't have to use the whole bottle. And if you try to use glue sticks, sometimes they don't put enough glue, they clump it up in one spot, or they use too much and the glue sticks can be costly.

Here is a trick that I learned while teaching preschool. I've used it for years and it works great. Save an old plastic frosting container and lid. Put about an inch of liquid glue in it. Use an art paint brush for spreading the glue around.

I have found that children are more likely to spread the glue around more evenly and they see it as a fun painting activity. You don't have to worry so much about them squirting glue everywhere and you don't have to worry about the bottle of glue drying up. We bought the large containers of Elmer's for our class, but you could probably use the smaller ones. It's great to buy those at the beginning of the school year during the back to school specials. You can usually pick them up for 20 cents a bottle. Another great thing is that you can add a little water to the glue to thin it out some (which I usually do) and you can add paint and glitter to it. You can also add a little water to it if it starts to thicken too much.

Hope this crafting tip helps!


Brenda said...

Great idea! Thanks for the tip! You must have been reading my mind. LOL

Revka said...

Thanks for a really good tip, Karen! :)

Anonymous said...

my daughter works at a daycare/preschool...this idea is perfect for her. i've been trying to pawn off all of my powdered formula cans on her anyway(6 month old and 8 month old foster babies..they go through ALOT). she could use the lids from the cans for the glue projects.

Karen_thrifty said...

I have an idea for using formula cans. I'll have to post it soon. :)

*amanda* said...

what a great idea! im definitely going to use it when im babysitting.

Little Piddles said...

That is such a great idea:) I cn'nt wait to use it. My girls love to squirk globs on glue so this will definatly save on the mess.