Teaching young children how to use glue can be as simple as a song and strong visual instructions. Just click on the image to download a copy of this song. My co-teacher, Patty, has a wonderful additional line I have never heard – “It is strong!” The children love it! We make a strong gesture with our arms.
I call the glue bottle “Mr. Glue” and use these terms the first time I show the children how to use the bottle. (See photo below.)
- To open the bottle, twist the orange cap until the “white tongue disappears.”
- Do not twist Mr. Glue's neck.
- Softly squeeze his tummy. One small squeeze will make one little dot.
- To close the bottle, twist Mr. Glue's cap until you see the white tongue.
I break it down to three simple steps (the best number of steps for memory):
- Twist the orange cap.
- White tongue disappears.
- Squeeze one little dot.
Giving these visuals really helps young children picture what they need to do.
I love this first glue project from Patty. This is a wonderful way to practice using a “little dot” and seeing if it really is “strong.” The class checks to see if a little dot of glue will actually hold a lot.
Give each child a bottle of glue and a paper plate.
The children use a little dot and place a piece of pasta on the dot.
They may glue as many pieces of pasta as they wish. Let it dry overnight.
The next day – let the children hold their paper plate and see – did the little dot of glue hold the pasta?
It is strong!!
A Little Dot of Glue Practice:
This can help the children control the squeezing of the glue bottle.
The children make a little white glue dot on each black dot.
Practice a second time and let them glue little tissue paper squares on each little dot.