I’ve found that with some glue sticks, my kids press so hard on the paper that it rips. I don’t usually mind making a mess, but the idea of turning over an entire bottle of glue to a preschooler makes even me quail.
Still, we love projects that involve gluing! Sometimes my son just asks, “Mommy, can I do a gluing project?” Usually this entails magazine and some construction paper, and lots of cutting and gluing! But all this gluing means that I needed to come up with a relatively easy way for him to glue without me doing all the glue application. Our glue solution: reuse a yogurt container!
I took an empty yogurt cup, washed it out, and now we use it for gluing projects. I squeeze some glue into the container and give my son a paintbrush to use to paint the glue onto the project.
Then I store the paintbrush and container next to the glue on our art supply shelf. Sometimes (ok, usually) I forget to rinse the container after the gluing project is done. With the Elmer’s School Glue, I found it dries on the bottom so I can just pull it off and throw it out (or use it in another project) and the dried glue rinses easily off the paintbrush.