Making a Glue Sponge is incredibly easy and even EASIER for your little one to use. If you haven’t already (and if you are now teaching your little one at home…) you’ll learn quickly about the headaches of loosing glue stick tops, and the GLOBS of glue that come out of the liquid glue contains when you turn away for just 1 second.
Glue Sponges consist of a container that is easily opened (and more importantly) closed, a sponge and liquid glue.
The easiest (and cheapest) way to make a glue sponge is to visit your local Dollar Tree (one of a teacher’s favorite stores!) and purchase a container. I use these, but really you can use any kind of Tupperware container that fits a sponge.
Open the container, place the sponge inside (if you need to you can trim the sponge to fit). Make sure you purchase a plain sponge (can also be found easily at Dollar Tree). You do NOT want a sponge with a scrubby back to it.
Once the sponge is placed in the container, cover it in glue (about 1/2 a bottle). Place the top back on, and make sure it is secured. Leave it sit overnight.
When you open it up the following day, the glue should be all absorbed by the sponge. But the sponge should remain tacky. If it still looks a little dry, just add a bit more glue. You’ll need to do this after you use it often. Just make sure you leave it sit so that the sponge can fully absorb the excess glue, otherwise you’ll have the same “GLOB” problem.
Once your little ones are ready to use it, all they will have to do is dip the piece that want to glue onto the sponge, then press and hold it onto where ever they would like to glue it.
I call my Glue Sponge magic, and show my kiddos how to use it, but tell them it only works if you count to 10 (this also helps with automaticity of counting… added bonus)!
My kiddos LOVE using the Glue Sponges, they are super easy, hassle free and WAY easier to keep track of then glue sticks or even having to unclog the glue bottles!