Grab your Elmers for this Glue Playtime activity!
If you haven’t introduced your toddler to glue yet, let today be the day with this glue playtime activity.
Just a quick FYI, before doing this introduction to wet glue, my son had had extensive practice with a glue stick – I even made him a glue bin activity once so he had some background knowledge coming into this.
Setting up this glue playtime activity is so easy.
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The set up for this activity was pretty simple. I put a bunch of “glue-able” craft supplies into a muffin tin. I laid out a few pages of construction paper and handed over a bottle of wet glue to my eager toddler (3).
How to introduce wet glue
To introduce my toddler to wet glue, we went over a few basic before I sent him off to play/learn.
I showed him how to hold the bottle, how to squeeze it, and we noticed how quickly or slowly it can come out.
Then I showed him what glue can do: it makes things stick. This was a magical a-ha moment for him.
Independent time with glue
Once I finished our “introduction”, I mostly stood back and let my son have carte blanche to do as he pleased with this activity.
There was no “outcome” expected or final product needed. The goal was to learn about wet glue and begin getting a feel for how to use it and work with it.
Of course I stayed close by to supervise but I kept myself quiet and in the on-looker role.
What are toddlers learning here?
This is a great way to introduce wet glue but it’s so much more:
- Grip strength to squeeze the bottle
- Fine motor skills
- Creativity in their process art
- Life skills: handling and using wet glue
Introducing toddlers to glue is such a fun activity! My son loved learning to glue and making a beautiful piece of art at the same time.