Glittery glue ornaments in preschool

In my last post, I shared with you our glittery stars and mentioned how we saved the glitter for another adventure.  Well this was our next glittery adventure….

It is hard to tell in these photos, but the children are using plastic holders that I had left over from Christmas. The holders were originally the packaging used to hold small store-bought Christmas ornaments.  We used the store-bought ornaments on our classroom tree and I saved the plastic holders for this idea…

I cut the holders apart and invited each child to choose one they would like to use.  The children started by filling the bottom of the plastic holder with a thin layer of glue…

Once each child’s plastic container was filled with glue, the children then added glitter on top of the glue.  This was the same glitter we used to make our glittery stars

This time, the children used their fingers to sprinkle the glitter on the glue rather than using the glitter bottles…

By using their fingers to sprinkle on the glitter, the children got a nice fine motor work-out as well as a fun sensory experience…

The children added as much glitter to the top of the glue as they wanted because in the end, I had them shake the access glitter back onto the glitter tray so it didn’t matter if they over filled the containers for now…

After the children completed their glitter sensory play and filled up their containers, I set all the glittery glue containers aside to dry for over a week…

And once the glue was completely dry, we peeled the glue ornaments out of the containers and here are the results…

Make sure the glue is completely dry before peeling from the container.  If the bottom is still white, then it is not ready to peel…

I added a length of yarn so the children could hang them from their trees…


By |2017-03-28T22:27:30+00:00December 22nd, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Stacy@Share&Remember December 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Now that’s a lot of glitter!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      We put all the left over back into a container for yet another day:)

  2. Leeanne A December 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    OH great way to use up all that glitter!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      It was super easy and the children liked running their fingers through the glitter.

  3. Jill December 22, 2011 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Love these! I think I will be adding that to my list next year! Where did you get those cute molds!! ps I don’t like glitter but i might be able to hand this 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 22, 2011 at 7:35 pm - Reply

      Hi Jill,
      We used plastic ornament containers. I bought several packages of flat Christmas ornaments and saved the containers, which were the shape of the ornaments, to use for the glue/glitter activity:) I got the ornaments from Big Lots.

  4. Vicki Blacken December 23, 2011 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    These turned out so cute! You can do the same type of thing with cookie cutters on waxed paper or candy or candle molds, to get the shape of the ornament. I think the long drying time is the key to these. We use lots of glitter in our school. Have you tried pouring glitter into those cheap, plastic salt shakers? They have a great handle the kids can get a good hold of and the holes are smaller. So it doesn’t pour out quite as fast. The kids have to get the idea of shaking and sprinkling it, so the excess is more contained in the tray. Thanks for all the great holiday ideas lately. Happy Holidays!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. December 27, 2011 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      I haven’t tried using the salt containers Vicki!! Thanks for the tip! I agree, the drying time took much longer then I had anticipated!

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