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Fun with Glue

Fun with Glue
Glue is a staple of every craft supply collection. It is used in just about every project under the sun. To say thanks for its many years of faithful service, we thought we’d share some project where glue is the star.

Slime

I bet you all saw this one coming. With the rise in popularity of slime over the last few years, we’ve all seen a recipe or two for slime. Some of them are super complicated, but the easiest recipes only involve a few ingredients, one of which is glue. The simplest version is half a cup of PVA glue, and two teaspoons of Borax stirred together in a beaker until it forms slime. Check out the first recipe at Home Science Tools for another style of PVA Glue and Borax slime, or if you’d prefer not to use Borax try this recipe from the kitchn.

If you want to use the slime for something after you’ve made it, the Elmer’s glue website has some fun lesson plans using slime on their website.

Glue Paint

Glue paint is a fun and super easy arts and craft project. Fill old glue bottles (like the Elmer’s glue bottles in the photo) and fill about ¾ full with glue. Add a few drops of liquid watercolour paint or food colouring and stir the colour through with a skewer or old paintbrush. If you are having trouble getting the colour even, put the lid on and shake the bottle to stir it more vigorously. Now your students can use their glue paint to create fun designs on various materials.

‘Cosmic’ Sun-catchers

I found this delightful craft project here on Babble Dabble Do. You can see their beautiful sun-catchers in the image.

Materials

  • PVA Glue
  • Food colouring
  • Toothpicks or skewers
  • Plastic lids (from containers of yoghurt, dip, cream cheese etc.)
  • Hole punch
  • String

Instructions

  1. Pour enough glue into your lid to cover the entire inner surface.
  2. Put a few drops of food colouring around the glue.
  3. Use the toothpick or skewer to swirl the colours through the glue. Make sure you don’t mix the colours too much so that you can get the most out of the colours.
  4. Leave it to dry. The colours will mix and expand a bit as it dries so don’t worry. Depending on how much glue you used it could take a few days to dry. The edges will start to peel off of the lid when it is fully dry.

Peel the dry sun-catcher off the lid, punch a hole near one edge and add some string. It’s done! Hang it in a sunny spot and watch the colours swirl!

 

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