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10 Reasons You Should Ditch Your Glue Sticks For Glue Sponges

A few years ago when I decided to make the switch from liquid glue to glue sticks, I thought I was getting rid of all the issues I had with Elmer’s liquid glue. I didn’t want to unclog orange caps anymore and I certainly didn’t want to keep reminding my kiddos “A little dot holds a lot” when I knew the majority of them couldn’t help themselves. Liquid glue was just too much fun not to play with!

 

Unfortunately, when I made the switch to glue sticks my problems didn’t disappear. They were still there, they had just changed a bit Β It wasn’t until 2 years ago when I decided to try glue sponges, that I finally found a solution that worked!

 

Here are 10 reasons YOU should join ME and dive right into glue sponges… Trust me, just forget about those pesky glue sticks!

 

Check out all the reasons why you should stop wasting your money on glue sticks. Glue sponges are the new glue sticks!

Parents Will Love You For It

Once you make a set of glue sponges, they will last you ALL YEAR LONG! That means no more having to ask parents to purchase ridiculous amounts of glue sticks. You’ll be saving them a lot of moolah, so of course they’re going to you!!!!! You’re going to love yourself too because we both know that #GlueSticksArentCheap. You’re probably spending some of your own money buying for emergencies… AKA a student loses or can’t find their gluestick.

 

Not All GlueΒ Sticks Are Created Equal

No matter how many times we write “Elmers Jumbo Glue Sticks” on the supply list, there’s always those students that bring the dollar store varieties or other brands that we know DON’T WORK. It’s not that I have anything against other brands of glue sticks, but it just breaks my heart when I have kids coming up to me practically in tears because they don’t understand why their “glue is not working”.

 

No sweetheart, it’s not that your glue stick is not working, it’s just that your mom didn’t buy the brand on the list. This glue stick just STINKS!

 

Check out all the reasons why you should stop wasting your money on glue sticks. Glue sponges are the new glue sticks!

Lost Glue Caps

It never fails, every time we use glue sticks, someones cap goes missing. And then the hunt begins… Where or where is Johnny’s BRIGHT ORANGE GLUE CAP! Nope… no one seems to find it! It’s not until everyone goes home that I finally find his cap. Somehow, it made its way across the room and underneath the guided reading table. You know what that means… Johnny either placed his uncapped glue stick in his pouch will all his other supplies {Gasp- that means there’s a chance his pencil and crayons are going to get glue on them too} or he just decided to throw it away because his mom bought 59 other glue sticks anyways. Don’t laugh… you know what I’m talking about… you’ve been there too!

 

Drying Out

When the children forget to cap their glue or when they don’t cap them all the way, they sometimes dry out and harden. This makes it difficult for them to glue anything down. What ends up happening is one of 2 things. Either the child uses his fingers to try to remove the hardened piece #yuck or theyΒ just scrape it onto their paper anyways. This leaves hard rock-like chunks glued underneath. If you’re really lucky, that child won’t have to write anything on that side of the paper, but chances are that yep that’s exactly where the answer box is located.

 

My Glue Is Gone

Throughout the year you’ll hear “I can’t find my glue stick”… “Ohhhhhh, I lost it”… “My glue ran out, now what”! With a class of 20 to 30 children, there’s always those few that just can’t seem to keep track of their glue sticks.

 

Papers Lose Their Stickiness

I’ve started to notice that over time, papers glued down with glue sticks tend to lose their stickiness and end up falling out of notebooks. This drives me nuts! Once the paper falls on the floor no-one seems to know who it belongs to. Especially if it was something we completed a month or so ago. When my students glue things into their notebooks, I like to know that they are going to stay there FOREVER and EVER! You know what I mean?

 

Check out all the reasons why you should stop wasting your money on glue sticks. Glue sponges are the new glue sticks!

Painting The Paper

We all know those kids all too well… You know, the ones that think they are Picasso! They’re the ones that use WAY.TOO.MUCH.GLUE! Nooooooooooo… It doesn’t matter how many times you tell them “just draw a square along the outside of the paper with the glue stick and then an X through the middle, trust me that will be enough glue”. Nope… they prefer to ignore you and just keep on “painting the paper” with glue… And then mom and dad look at us like we’re C-R-A-Z-Y when we ask for 60 glue sticks!

 

Papers Sticking Together

When the kids use too much glue, the glue just ends up seeping out the sides and sticking multiple sheets together. Then the children try to separate the sheets and something rips. It never fails!

 

Glue-Covered Desks

If you use interactive notebooks, your kiddos are probably gluing on a daily basis. This usually means that by the end of the week, you’ll have a layer of glue covering every child’s desk. It gets pretty gross! Picture it… they have glue on their desks and then they plop their books, folders, and even book bags on top of that. Now they have a grimy, gooey mess that’s a germ magnet… NO THANK YOU!

 

 

So have I convinced you yet? With glue sponges, you’ll be able to avoid all of those issues! They’ll last you the entire year and you won’t have to worry anymore about lost orange caps, gooey desks, or too much glue. Trust me… you’ll be coming back to thank meΒ 

Let’s Make Some…

Check out all the reasons why you should stop wasting your money on glue sticks. Glue sponges are the new glue sticks!

You’ll need a few supplies… grab some Elmer’s liquid glue, sponges {I usually buy a pack of 3 from the dollar store}, scissors, and a sturdy plastic container. I bought the ones pictured above at the Dollar Tree. They come in packs of 3 #DollarTreeForTheWin. What I love about them is that they snap shut tightly, they come in bright colors {colors make me happy} and they’re small enough to fit in the caddies I have at each group. This year I’m planning on having two students share a sponge. One for a table of 4 is just not enough #LessonLearned

 

Now comes the fun part! Cut the sponge so that it fits inside the container. Then generously pour enough glue to cover it. That’s it… snap on the lid and let it sit for a couple of hours. The glue will seep through the sponge leaving it tacky on top. Whenever you start to notice the sponge getting a little dry, just squirt some water on the sponge and voila you’re ready to get gluing some more. Some people like to add a splash of mouthwash to their water to prevent any mold from growing on their sponges. I’ve never had that happen to me, but just to be on the safe side go ahead and add some. It won’t hurt… it’ll just smell minty, LOL!

Check out all the reasons why you should stop wasting your money on glue sticks. Glue sponges are the new glue sticks!

Check out all the reasons why you should stop wasting your money on glue sticks. Glue sponges are the new glue sticks!

Will you be joining me and ditching the glue sticks this year?

If so, make sure to come back and let me know how it’s going… I’d love to hear from you!

 

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