If you are a teacher like me then you know all about the great glue debate. You know the struggles of having to deal with dried, clogged, or gluey blobs stuck in bottles. Quite possibly you have become very particular about your choice of adhesives and methods of applying them. I will share with you my favorites on my quest for the best.
I have spent countless classroom hours pulling the little orange heads off glue bottles and unclogging wads of glue. I even used a Pinterest idea and sprayed WD40 inside the lids to prevent clogging; however, I still had no luck. Then I found the Crayola Washable No Drip School Glue bottles. This bottle has been a huge classroom time saver for me. The lid screws on and has a pin-like attachment that slides down in the top that prevents glue from getting clogged. I can even refill these bottles year after year. I am happy to report…not one single clog this entire year!
If a student makes it through a whole tube before it dries out (or loses the cap) then he/she deserves a Brag Tag or an award of some sort. (You can download my glue brag tag freebie by clicking the image below.) In my room, I find the purple ones are the best. The color allows students to see the areas they have already applied the glue versus where they still need to apply it. I tell them to apply the glue around the perimeter of the object and make a big X in the middle before gluing it down. I also serve as the classroom glue stick dictator. A student cannot throw away an old glue stick until I have inspected it. You see, my students want to throw it away if the stick becomes lodged in the cap or if it is waaayyy down in the tube. I generally find that the glue sticks have plenty of glue life left. You would not believe a number of glue sticks I have left at this point in the year in comparison to last year!
I finally purchased a glue gun stand this school year. I am not sure why I never did before. It holds my glue gun in place while it heats up and has a drip pad too. Every time I go back to purchase another one for home they are sold out!
tips and tricks
If you are not a fan of glue bottles or glue sticks then maybe one of these tricks below might be a better choice for you.
glue dauber– This handy idea is simple and cheap…empty bingo daubers for $4.18 (at Walmart) plus liquid glue equals glue daubers for no mess interactive journals, cut and paste word sorts, and paper crafts. The gluing possibilities are endless!
glue sponge-Be sure and check out Lucky Littler Learners blog post about how to make these handy little things. You can’t go wrong having a glue sponge container at each table in your classroom!
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