Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Kindergarten Smorgasboard How To Video: GLUE SPONGES!

Howdy ya'll!

There is a pin floating around on Pinterest that features this thing called a glue sponge.  Now, nothing gets under my skin in my classroom than the never ending, un-winnable battle of the glue.  Glue sticks lose their tops, get smashed, dry up, and run out in 2.4 seconds.  And, let's be honest, get eaten.  It happens.  It has to.  Where else does a brand new glue stick go in 2.4 seconds besides in the mouth of a hungry kindergartner.  It happens.  Don't judge (I admit I ate paste as a kid.  That stuff smelled so good.  I am a paste eater...probably explains a whole lot, huh?!).  Glue bottles are messy and not matter how many times we practice BABY DOTS we use gigantor dots of glue.  The bottles clog.  Glue is just my nemesis.  I should own stock in Elmer's Glue.  Or they should just send me free glue for all of the money I have poured into their company.  Ya know, I never thought I would defeat my nemesis.  But this glue sponge thing that I pinned had potential. People, if it had potential to defeat my sticky and tasty glue nemesis, then I would try it.  Come on, ya'll know me, I'll try anything twice...no really, anything.  Except food then I won't try anything.  Except guinea pig.  I did eat guinea pig in Ecuador...but anyways....back to WORLD WAR GLUE!

So I bought some materials and played around and made some glue sponges.  Day one was a fail.  I sulked home and wallowed in the pity that there was no way to defeat the glue.  The glue had won and I would forever be at the mercy of the glue.  

So there sat the glue sponges.  Unused.  And those glue sticks just sat there mocking me with their little glue stick faces.  GRRRR glue sticks.  After days of being taunted by the glue stick army, I decided to give it one more chance.  

Glue sponges on the tables.  Instructions to the monsters.  Papers distributed.  Scissors cutting.  The moment of truth...

IT WORKED!  I have defeated the glue army.  No more little orange faces taunting me.  

So, now that you've provided me free therapy for my glue issues (and paste eating issues...hey, they put the spice Thyme in that stuff...that's why it smells so good!) I will show you how to make the glue sponges!  And by show you, I mean a Kindergarten Smorgasboard How To Video!

It really is simple and cheap!  My cost for four glue sponges was $6.  They last forever and they're almost no mess!  You have to do it!  If you ignore all of my other crazy ideas and rants and rambling, this is the one thing you have to do!

Totally super simple! If you have questions after watching my video, just let me know!


  1. I haven't seen those on Pinterest but love the video. Thanks so much for sharing! Can't wait to try this for next school year.

    Lovely Literacy and More

  2. LOL!! "Don't hate me for not using Elmers!" I LOVE it!!! Thanks for the awesome video, I cannot wait to try this! :)

  3. Yay for winning! :) I would have to try the glue sponges! Keep those videos coming!


  4. I've seen the glue sponges on Pinterest. I'm moving down to Kindergarten next year and might have to give them a try!

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    Lacy's Letters

  5. We loved your video!! We heard CEO in the background!! Can't wait to try this!

  6. Wow-what a great idea! Thanks for sharing and loved your video!!

  7. Thanks. I've been hearing about them, so your video was great. My dog heard the CEO in the background and sat up trying to figure out where the barking was coming from! :)

    Mrs. Thigpen's Kindergarten

  8. The war of the orange caps!!!!!! The daily battle in my classroom...I swear my kiddies eat my glue sticks they disappear by the dozen.

  9. I can definitely see this tutorial being useful for 4th quarter!! By then we have NO glue sticks and I am going cray cray. Thanks!!!

  10. Love the video tutorial... I know what I'll be doing to my lunch break tomorrow!

    Your comment about glue driving you bonkers totally mirrors my own thoughts from today. My kiddos totally lose the plot when it comes to glue. Hopefully this will solve some problems!

    Miss Galvin Learns

  11. As an Elementary Art Teacher I think you just changed my life. Thank you so much!!! I can't wait to try it. :)

  12. What a great video tutorial! Thank you for sharing how you made yours. I plan to try this out this school year!:)

    Alma Solis

  13. Love your video and your blog and EVERYTHING you share!! Do you have one container per group?

  14. I've had this idea pinned since last summer and never did it. I'm so glad you posted this video it definitely kicked me into gear to get these done before this year! Thanks for sharing! :)

  15. Thanks for the awesome tutorial. I will certainly make one to test it out.
    My Second Sense

  16. What is Butters barkin' at?! Tucker?! I bet Tucker was barking right back ;) love your videos, Greg!

    Miss V's Busy Bees

  17. Can you imagine the strep and E-coli lurking in those ekk......otherwise ok ... but I'm a germ-o-phob....

  18. My glue sponges molded in 2 weeks!

  19. Well said. This will be a best tutorial to make glue sponges. I heard that adhesive manufacturers in India provides these kind of adhesive.

  20. Made mine tonight! Thanks for the info!
    Spotlight on Kindergarten

  21. I saw this idea and forgot about it! I'm writing it down now so it's on my list to do for this year! Thanks!

  22. Great idea! Thanks for giving such detailed directions.

    The Math Maniac

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  30. I loved using the glue sponges. Do you throw them away at the end of the year or could you reuse them? Thank you.

  31. Awesome idea! I'm going to try this in the new school year. Thank you for sharing your ideas.


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