Monday, February 4, 2013

Glue Is My Worst Enemy- Until Now

Glue and I just don't get along.  Actually it is the kids in my class who use the glue that drives me bonkers.  They forget to put the lids on, or squeeze the bottle too hard, or roll the glue stick up all the way.  no water what type of glue I give them, they seems to make a mess or ruin it.  That was until I found this great idea on Pinterest and had to try it for myself.  So far they have been the best solution and I'm not going home with glue in my hair or down the leg of my pants. You now that yucky feeling when you rub your hand across your leg and wonder  hope it is just glue and not some kids runny nose.

What you need- containers, sponges and glue
I went to our local dollar type store and found these cute little containers.  I am actually thinking about labeling them and giving each kid their own.










I cut out the sponges after measuring them. The sponges weren't thick enough so I layered them.  

Pour some glue over the top and let it soak in.  
Then I DEMONSTRATED to the kids how to use them.  Super important- if you don't show them, they will be trying to pull out the sponge or wipe their entire paper across the small opening.  I showed them to just dab the piece that needs glue onto the sponge.  Super Easy, really mess free.  If the sponge gets a little dry just spritz or drop a few drops of water onto it and put the lid back on.

16 comments:

Giggles and Squeals said...

Great idea!! I can't wait to give it a try!!

Erin said...

How "wet" were your sponges with (water) before you poured the glue on?

Oh, I hope this is a Pinterest idea that works... I need this idea to work! Hahaha I was too afraid to try it until I saw that you had done it, too, and so now I am going to jump in. It's February, we're out of glue sticks, and my girls this year just can not learn moderation. Maybe this will be just the thing (fingers crossed)!

Erin

Tiffani Mugurussa said...

My sponges were damp when I opened them, so I didn't do anything to them. I do drop a few drops of water on them twice a week. So far they have been wonderful and so easy to use.

Miss Nguyen's Class said...

Does the glue get on their fingers at all?

Tiffani Mugurussa said...

Not really-but I also taught them how not to get the glue on their fingers. I have a little one that even with a gle stick was a mess since we started this amazingly he isn't all sticky.

Christy said...
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Christy said...

I've used this in my art classroom the past 2 years- love it, works great! I must my sponge containers with a spray bottle before I put them away & flip the sponge once in awhile

Miss Costello said...

So the artist drags their cut paper pieces along the sponge? If so, what do you do with big shapes/pieces.
.. and does it get moldy?

Thanks!
s.

Bppkclass said...

I was wondering the same thing as Miss Costello?! How did they last long term?

Tiffani Mugurussa said...

i didn't have a problem with mol. As for using big pieces of paper, we used regular glue sticks. In kindergarten however most of our papers fit into the little tubs. I just bought all new sponges and containers for the fall. Each kid sill have their very own.

Jackie Lang said...

It seems like a great idea, but doesn't this defeat the purpose of learning the skill of using glue? I always figured learning how to use glue properly was a skill meant to be learned (hopefully at home first but if not) in kinder?

Tiffani Mugurussa said...

Jackie, we do learn how to use glue sticks too. We do use them on occasion, especially on art projects where the pieces we are gluing are larger. However, glue sticks are expensive. The glue tubs are so economical and environmentally friendly. I can buy 2 glue sticks for a quarter or one glue bottle.

Rachel Aulet-McGann said...

I have used glue sponges, but I always threw them out after. I didn't even realize they could be reused. I am slapping myself in the head right now.

Carrie Young said...

Love this idea. I told a 5 yo that a "little dab will do ya," when using glue. He asked me what a dabel-do-ya was.

Janel Ruzzi said...

I used these most of the year last year. I used larger tubs and never needed glue sticks again. My kids loved them! I will keep some glue sticks around just in case but doubt I will ever use them again. So much easier and cheaper!

Sarah said...

I've been doing a little research on these because I was a little worried about bacteria. Just add a few drops of tea tree oil or spray them with Listerine and you should be all set.

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