Introducing Glue to Toddlers

Here are four different methods for introducing glue to toddlers!Introducing Glue to Toddlers

 

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I’ve been introducing glue to my son (nearly 2 years old) over the last few days – and trying not to get too sticky!!

The first glue method we tried was dotting some white school glue onto construction paper. I applied the glue then gave him some tissue paper pieces to stick on. I did a lot of demonstrating and he did stick a few pieces on, but mainly just wanted to try and “paint” with the glue. (Sorry about the funny lighting in these pics!)

Introducing Glue to Toddlers
Introducing Glue to Toddlers
Introducing Glue to Toddlers

Another day I showed him how to use a glue stick and that seemed to work a little better. We both took turns applying the glue and sticking on the tissue paper.Introducing Glue to Toddlers

Introducing Glue to Toddlers

My next method of glue introduction was to make a mini glue sponge by soaking a sponge in a white glue and water mixture. This can be kept in a sealable container and reused.

Introducing Glue to Toddlers

I provided cut-up foam shapes for this activity, but I think I made the glue sponge too watery on my first attempt. As it happens all F wanted to do was remove the sponges, line them up, and put them back, so we gave up on the glue sponge.

Allison from Learn Play Imagine made a great suggestion of using Q Tips (cotton buds) for the application of white glue, so we tried that next. F immediately looked comfortable using the Q Tips as a utensil to spread the glue. This was definitely the least sticky method!Introducing Glue to Toddlers

I added more glue to the glue sponge and tried this again on another day (we got the ripped-up paper from this activity). While the glue sponge worked better, F still wanted to remove the sponge and couldn’t get the hang of pressing the paper onto the sponge to get the glue.

Introducing Glue to Toddlers

Conclusion? For us right now, the Q Tip method worked the best. The glue stick was pretty good too if used on coloured paper, but I think we’d need coloured glue sticks if gluing onto white paper.

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  1. Jacquelyn Karlic