Let’s explore colorful glue in preschool!

Our preschool age students (ages three and four) have spent their first two weeks in preschool exploring the different tools they can and will continue to use in preschool. A tool they used this week was the ever popular squeeze bottle filled with colorful glue…

Exploring colorful glue in preschool

You can’t go into this process with the mindset that the children are going to lightly squeeze a few lines and dots of glue and then go off on their happy little way to do something else. No, this is a process that the children are seriously invested in…

Exploring colorful glue in preschool

They will start off with a few squiggles of lines here and there and then realize that they can make puddles too…

Exploring colorful glue in preschool

The children will stick with this process for a long time. They work their fine motor muscles, they focus, they trade colors, they make lines, dots, puddles, and just keep at it…

Exploring colorful glue in preschool

We could turn this process into a lesson on regulating glue but for today, the focus was on exploring. You see, before we can begin the process of building self-regulation skills, we first need to give the children opportunity to explore so that they can fulfill their intrinsic need for making puddles. As the children explore, we can use the words “dots, lines, blob, less, more, puddles, circles,” and the list goes on…

Exploring colorful glue in preschool

The children are using a cardboard canvas for their colorful glue designs and it will take a few days for their puddles designs to dry…

Exploring colorful glue in preschool

Each new school year comes a new group of students who sit down to explore the process of squeezing out colorful glue. Yet within just a few weeks, the children quickly begin to understand that they need to regulate their use of glue for the various kinds of gluing processes we offer. Young children are so capable and quick to figure it all out.

Exploring colorful glue in preschool

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By |2016-11-29T22:20:33+00:00September 14th, 2016|

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. Rachelle Lee September 16, 2016 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    Hi, where did you buy the bottles? How do you clean them?

    Thank You!

  2. Lori Adams September 17, 2016 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    i.ve seen the squeeze bottles at the store….but i.ve missed the glue part….buy colored glue or use food coloring? let me know and thanks

  3. Ms. Mary September 19, 2016 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    When I saw your glue paint craft I just had to smile. My granddaughter who is 6 got her water paints out and the Elmer’s glue the other evening and made her own glue paint. She was so proud of herself. When she was finished she had a beautiful multi colored masterpiece:)When she went to her vocal lesson the following evening through the door I heard her telling the kids and teacher all about making glue paint. How fun!

  4. Qualitykg October 3, 2016 at 6:56 am - Reply

    The learning with glue idea is great. One can see how these kids are dedicated to make their glue art. In this way kids are also learning different colors and color combinations. Thanks for sharing this post.

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