Wednesday, July 29, 2009
My almost 3 year old is super into glue, but I'm not a big fan of letting her use it. So we came up with a compromise that lets her enjoy practicing her Elmer glue skills without making a mess. We begin by dabbing little spots of glue all over a sheet of paper. I help her, and if too much glue gets in a spot or two it is not a big deal. Then I start cutting out little shapes from construction paper - circles, squares, triangles - in various colors. Once I have cut one shape out (it takes 2 seconds, she takes the shape and puts it on one of the spots of glue. I can cut shapes faster than she can decide where to put them on the paper, and so we are both occupied through this process. She LOVES doing this. We have made little shape art presents for a lady in a nursing home, as a present for Grandma's birthday, and some for ourselves, as well. It is easy, inexpensive, and satisfies her desire to explore working with glue.