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Teach Kids How To Glue With These Top Tips
Gluing is an essential skill your child will use a lot in school. Of course, most children start learning this skill while using arts and crafts at home. As a parent, there are a number of things you can do to help your child master this skill. If you want to know how, be sure to read our tips on gluing below.
What Are Common Setbacks Children Experience When Learning How To Glue?
Learning how to use glue can be challenging for children, so it is not uncommon for them to make some mistakes when they handle the glue bottle for the first time. These are some of the most common obstacles children face when learning how to glue.
Difficulty squeezing the bottle - Children who handle glue for this first time may find it difficult to put the right amount of pressure on the glue bottle. On one hand, they could squeeze it too hard, with a lot of leftover glue as a result. On the other hand, they may struggle to squeeze the bottle enough.
Having trouble squeezing the glue bottle all comes down to having problems with hand strength. It could also be due to as lack of underdeveloped motor skills, which will get better over time. It is important not to get frustrated and let children develop these skills in their own time.
Not putting the glue over the entire paper - Putting the glue to the edge of the paper and over the entire paper's surface can be more challenging for children. You can remedy this problem by making the edge of the paper more visible. Simply use a coloured mat underneath the paper to create a bit of contrast.
If your child has problems putting glue over the entire paper, it could be down to their visual spatial development, this relates to the overall workspace your child is in. To help your child develop visual spatial development, we have compiled a list of helpful tips below.
How Can I Encourage My Child To Develop Their Gluing Skills?
There are some things you can teach your child to develop their gluing skills. Below, we have included our top tips to help develop your child's gluing skills.
Opening the bottle - Opening and closing the bottle of glue should be one of the first things you teach your child. Actions such as twisting and pulling off the cap can also help with fine motor skill development.
Choose interesting glue - While you can go with the basic white crafting glue, you could choose something a little more interesting too. Obtain some glitter glue to make your child's gluing experience more interesting.
Use a tracing method - If your child finds it difficult to apply glue on a certain area, you could practice with tracing. Write down their name, some letters, or simply a fun shape they can trace glue on.
Practice with dots - Does your child have trouble squeezing the right amount of glue out of the bottle? Then the dot method will be the best way to teach your child how to use glue. Simply print a piece of paper with approximately twelve large dots. Then, let your child put glue over each of the dots.
Make it fun with pasta - Another fun gluing activity you could add to your arsenal includes some dry pasta and some paper plates. Tell your child to add a little bit of glue on each of the pasta pieces and then stick it to the plate. Allow the plate to dry overnight and show your child the result of the gluing process. They could even arrange the pasta pieces in a fun shape or a smiling face.
Which Glue Is Best For Kids?
There are a lot of different glues that could be suitable for kids. Still, one of the best types is still white craft glue, as this is suitable for a variety of materials. If you are concerned about your child making a mess, you could also start them off with some glue dots or a glue stick. However, learning how to use the white craft glue they will use in school is certainly an essential.