Saturday, February 20, 2016

Teacher Hack for Glue

If glue bottles only seem to create messes and frustration for you during your craft time with little ones, then you are going to love this!

Since I share so many craft ideas with you here, I wanted to pass along a clever little hack.  I wish I could say that this genius idea is my own, but I've seen it a few other places around Pinterest.  All you need is a wide shallow container, with a lid, and a sponge. I picked up some colorful plastic containers, and sponges, from Dollar Tree, and cut the sponges to fill the space in each container.

Step #1: Cover the entire top surface of the sponge with glue.
Step #2: Allow the glue to soak into the sponge.

That's it!

Now all your kiddos have to do is press an object into the sponge and stick it to their paper.  NO gobs of glue, and NO plugged glue bottles! (Cue angel chorus, "Ha-llelujah!")

Over time the glue will soak down to the bottom of the sponge.  Simply turn the sponge over, and continue using it.  Keep a water bottle handy to spray the sponge if it begins to dry out.  When it is no longer sticky enough, add more glue!  Of course you will want to keep the lid on the container when it is not in use.

The kids in my class love to use the glue sponges, and it allows them to be more independent with their crafting, while minimizing the mess. I hope this helps craft time go a little more smoothly for you too!