Making painting glue for easy preschool crafts

painting glue

Activities that call for glue can become quite a challenge for little hands. Squeezing the bottle isn’t always easy or glue sticks don’t always cover the area the way you want. This is when painting glue comes in handy.

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For activities that call for full coverage an area for decorating such as glitter or rice pictures, paint-able glue is a fun and easy method to get the glue coverage you’re looking for while still allowing your preschool to fully participate in the activity.

You need:

  • Regular school glue or Mod Podge
  • Water
  • Plastic container

To make paintable glue:

Mix 2 parts glue with 1 part water. You can either make just the amount you’ll need for the craft you’re working on, or make in a larger container to store for later. Stir together well – don’t shake. Shaking will create bubbles that you’ll have to let sit to settle for use.

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  • Use a paint brush that won’t lose a bunch of bristles when painting with glue.
  • Make sure to thoroughly rinse out your brush when finished or you’ll end up with a hard, un-useable brush when it dries.
  • Don’t make too big a container to use for a single craft, you’ll end up with left over that has various craft floaties such as glitter or paint brush bristles that you’ll probably not want to save.
  • Store excess in a plastic or glass container with an air tight lid

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