Glue bottles with brushes and paper collages

In my previous post, I shared with you all about the “Tools We Use in Preschool.”  Another tool we  will use all throughout the school year is glue. We often use two main types of glue – our glue bottles with brushes and our squeezable glue bottles (without brushes). For this post, I am going to share with you how we explored glue bottles with brushes…

We started by setting out a glue bottles with brush for each child along with our cutting scraps from the day before. In addition, we set out scissors and a canvas for each child to work on.  You will notice that our canvas is a small square of foam board.  Covering a large canvas with small pieces of construction paper scraps is hard for young children so we provided a small canvas so they could complete their canvas more easily. We also chose foam board because we happened to have a piece left over and glue can be so soggy on construction paper…

The children started by working on opening their own glue bottles and then they began brushing glue on the canvas…

Then the children added pieces of construction paper on top of the glue…

Although there were plenty of scraps already cut up in the paper bin, some children preferred to use the scissors to cut up more construction paper pieces.  Now we have two process going on – cutting and gluing…

Each child chose the color or colors of paper they wished to add to their canvas…

In my experience, it is not all that unusual for some children to think you need to pour the glue out of the glue bottle first, then use the glue brush to spread the glue around.  This is why it is a good idea to take a few minutes at the beginning of the year to let the children give the glue bottles a try while you are there to give some guidance on how the glue bottles can be used…

All of my students caught on quickly. Now that the children have had this simple introduction, we can plan other activities throughout the school year and let them continue to master the gluing process…

I think the children’s construction paper and glue collages are each uniquely designed…

And are perfect for our very first art display on the wall!

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By |2012-08-30T20:36:41+00:00August 30th, 2012|

About the Author:

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. Diane Quigley-Clune August 31, 2012 at 7:15 am - Reply

    A perfect project at the beginning of a new school year.
    Collages in general are one of my favorite.
    So much art for little ones is not all about the process these days.
    Young and excited teachers hopefully are following your blog!
    Thanks Deborah for sharing your tips.

  2. Debbie August 31, 2012 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Where do you purchase the glue bottles that you use? I am not seeing them on Amazon.

  3. Cathy August 31, 2012 at 9:14 am - Reply

    It makes me smile to see how different every child’s work of art is. 🙂

  4. Mindi August 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    This looks like a lot of fun! I have never seen those glue bottles but my 3 year old would love them! 🙂 Thanks for posting this.

  5. Michele August 31, 2012 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    I ordered some of those bottles! I’m glad to see how well they worked for you. I’m looking forward to introducing them to my pre-k class!

  6. Jill Dennler September 2, 2012 at 9:27 am - Reply

    Where can I find those glue bottles with brushes? I am very frustrated with clogged glue bottles!

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