Sticky Business!

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Have you often felt that when participating in craft activities your child is really way more interested in the glue than anything else? 

I once attended a play group (just the once mind you!) where I was ‘told off’ by one of the organising matriarchs because my Little Sparks had failed to produce a stereotypical picture of a house using paper squares and triangles, they  were playing with the glue instead.  I refrained from saying what I was really thinking and I obediently joined in with the other parents and stuck some squares on my paper.  The Little Sparks continued their clearly more fruitful and entertaining investigations by peeling glue off their fingers!

Here is a craft activity especially designed for glue lovers.  How you put the end results to use is entirely up to you, but I’m sure you will find this technique useful for all manner of projects – if you were so inclined I guess you could make a picture of a house out of squares and triangles!

For this activity you will need:

  • Generous quantity of white PVA glue – enough to make a thin layer over three or four plates.
  • Small containers, such as yoghurt pots, from your recycling bin.
  • Plastic or paper plates (It would still work if you used your best china, we’re erring on the side of caution here!)
  • Non-toxic paint
  • Glitter, sand, collage bits and bobs – all optional
  • Teaspoons
  • Scissors, cookie cutters

What to do:

Divide your glue among the yoghurt pots.  To each pot add small quantities of different coloured paints and mix with the spoons.  You can experiment with blending colours to make swirly patterns – don’t over mix – or you can add other items such as glitter.  When we made ours we decided we would try to use up old paint and some dried flakes of paint ended up in the mix to give a really lovely speckly effect.  Never be afraid to experiment! 

When you are happy with your mixes, spread them thinly over the plates using the back of a teaspoon.  Aim for a layer no thicker than 2mm – otherwise you may have to wait several days for your glue to dry out!

Wait for 24 hours, gently test the surface of your glue to see whether it has set.  If it has, you can peel it away from the plate.  You should have a lovely malleable material which is slightly translucent.  You can cut this into any shape you like, green leaves to make a tree-mobile, cars and aeroplanes, cookie cutter shapes, yes even squares and triangles!

It is very easy to punch holes in your glue shapes to hang them up, you could even borrow fancy hole punches if there are any card-crafters in the family to make a lacy material.  If you lightly moisten the backs of your shapes they will stick to windows to make a lovely stained glass effect.  (They peel off fairly easily and cleanly, but don’t forget PVC glue residues should always be cleaned with cold water!) 


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

pippa howell June 25, 2011 at 11:53 am

i did this in class at work it was lots of fun and everyone enjoyed it especially the staff !


Mandy June 27, 2011 at 7:41 am

Thanks Pippa! If the adults are having fun it’s always a good sign. ;-)


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