The discovery of glue

My grandson and I have been going through some of our left over supplies from this past year in preschool and using them up so I can restock as needed. In the past, I have shared with you how to make colored glue and if you missed this post you can view how to make colored glue by clicking here. This was Kai’s first chance at squeezing glue from a bottle and let me tell you, when I set out the first colored bottle of glue, I had his undivided attention…

The discovery of glue by Teach Preschool

When we first started our discovery of glue, I set out a piece of paper and one bottle of colored glue. I showed Kai how to squeeze the glue over the paper…

The discovery of colored glue by Teach Preschool

It was much easier for Kai to stand and squeeze the glue than to sit and because the glue bottles were fairly old, he had to squeeze extra hard to get the glue to come out but he is a determined little guy and squeeze he did…

The discovery of colored glue by Teach Preschool

Kai likes to do everything himself and as a general rule, I only get one chance to show him how to do something and then I am supposed to let him do it by himself! If I try to help, he gets mad at me so I stepped back and watched him turn each bottle of glue around in his hands until he figured out the best grip to get the glue to come out of the bottle…

The discovery of colored glue by Teach Preschool

After using each color of glue, he would ask me for a new color until we had every color of glue on the table. He would squeeze a bit then switch to another color. Squeeze a little more and switch again…

The discovery of colored glue by Teach Preschool

It wasn’t long before he figured out the best grip for squeezing the bottles. He would squeeze so hard that his little leg would shake and I could hear him breathing deeply – but still, I was not allowed to help…

The discovery of colored glue by Teach Preschool

Through this process, we were building strength in Kai’s hands which is an important part of fine motor skill development. Kai was also using his critical thinking skills as he self-corrected his grip on the glue bottles and found the grip that worked best. And he was building eye-hand coordination as he tried to squeeze the glue over the paper rather than over the floor…

The discovery of colored glue by Teach Preschool

I am not sure how long Kai stayed at this process, but the next time we went into the classroom, the first thing he asked to do was squeeze more glue!…

The discovery of colored glue by Teach Preschool

And for those of you who are interested in how our glue picture turned out – just check out this beauty below! Kai didn’t care about how the picture turned out and I really didn’t either. Observing him throughout this process was quite impressive all by itself…

The discovery of colored glue by Teach Preschool

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By |2013-06-18T06:00:42+00:00June 18th, 2013|

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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. Sophie June 18, 2013 at 11:09 am - Reply

    What an awesome idea!

  2. Faigie June 18, 2013 at 11:39 am - Reply

    When he gets a bit older he will spend much time after this activity peeling the glue off of his fingers. I find that the girls especially make this into their own special activity.

  3. Joseph Davidson June 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Sometimes children are their own teachers.. They naturally tear things apart to figure out how they work, or in this case, squeeze it to death! Hope it’s not too messy a cleanup!

  4. Mariela June 19, 2013 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Muy lindo!!!! saludosss

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