Making glue paint in preschool

Before I share my next post, I need to take a minute to share with you how to make glue paint….


You need a cup, paintbrush, glue, food color, and water.

(You can use white or clear Elmers school glue)


Squeeze some glue into the cup (I used about 1/4 cup glue)…

Add food color to the glue…

Then add the water (I used about 1/2 cup water)…

Stir it all up with your paintbrush until the glue and water are fully mixed together…

About Glue Paint

  • Glue paint is great for gluing light weight materials to paper such as tissue paper or crepe paper.
  • By adding the water, the glue paint spreads easily across the paper and dries quickly and firmly.
  • By adding the food color, the children can see the areas of the paper where glue has been added plus it makes a fun paint all in itself…
  • When painting with the glue paint on thin paper, a soft bushy paintbrush works best.

Clean Up and Storage

  • Because glue paint is mostly water, it will rinse out of your cup and paintbrush fairly easily with warm soapy water but you should rinse the brush out after each use or the brush will get stiff.
  • You can store your cups of glue paint with a plastic cover over the top of the cups but when you go to use it again, you must stir the water and glue again because the water and glue tend to separate as they sit over time.

My next post will show you how we used the glue paint, so be sure to check back tomorrow!

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By |2012-02-11T00:30:07+00:00February 11th, 2012|

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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. andiejaye February 11, 2012 at 1:13 am - Reply

    ooooh! we’ve already got colored glue! that makes this a “just add water” craft!! doesn’t get any better than that! haha!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 11, 2012 at 8:52 am - Reply

      No – that would be about as simple as it gets!

  2. Apple February 11, 2012 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Just a little note to add on about glue or paint brushes…after washing them…rinse them off and put into a cup with a little water and cheap hair conditioner – keeps them soft.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 11, 2012 at 8:50 am - Reply

      That’s a great tip – I will have to try that!

  3. Leeanne A February 11, 2012 at 8:08 am - Reply

    I really like this! I am thinking of an Easter creative using this right now! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 11, 2012 at 8:55 am - Reply

      It is great for so many different things Leeanne – I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

  4. Km February 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    Do you ever run out of fantastic and amazing ideas??? Now my to do list is one longer!!! 🙂 thanks for all the super fun ideas. We did painting with m n m s… The kids loved it, but my waistline wasn’t pleased! Xoxoxoxxoxo

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      Haha – I hope I don’t run out of fun ideas! LOL! It takes work to keep up with talented folks like you!

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