Glue is a wonderful sensory material for children to explore, and a springboard into all sorts of art, making and experiments. Take a look at our glue activities, and join in with the play.
Top 10 things to do with glue
For very young children’s first explorations with glue, use a glue stick (affiliate link). It’s easy for them to hold, or you could cover the whole surface of a paper with the glue, giving them the sticky surface they need to create their art. Offer some scraps of paper, in different colours and textures and see what they come up with.
If you’re already masters of glue sticks, try some runny glue (affiliate link) as a contrast – giving your children a different variation to explore and link to what they already know about glue sticks. Think more about the process of the art here, rather than having a definite end result in mind. Let them scoop and pour and spread the glue, with no real focus on how it turns out. The idea is find out about glue: what it looks like, how it moves, how it feels.
And then when they’re a little older the can start to explore how to use a glue gun (affiliate link).
Glue resist art
My girls decided they wanted to try some glue resist art for today’s Simple Play fun. They’re painting patterns and swirls using PVA/craft glue (affiliate link), and when they’re dry we’ll wash over with waterpaint, and see what happens. (I’ll add a photo of the end result when we’re done).
More glue activities to try
For more ideas on how you could explore glue with your child, you might like to…
Make your own rainbow coloured glue.
Try a combination of glue + salt + paint.
Use glue to explore shapes.
Turn glue into a suncatcher.
Take the Cut :: Stick :: Draw challenge.
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