Glue monsters

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Recently, my mom (i.e., my kids’ Grandmum) was over helping with our homeschool preschool day. Just for fun, we decided to make glue monsters with the kids. This was a great project that combined arts and crafts, colors, science, and imagination all in one!

Glue monsters creative craft project || Gift of Curiosity

Although you can buy colored glue, we decided to make our own colors. Grandmum and I poured small amounts of glue into some tiny cups, and then we let the kids chose their own colors. They added drops of liquid watercolor to make the colors they wanted.

Glue monsters creative craft project || Gift of Curiosity

And then they stirred the color into the glue. We thought it looked prettiest when the color was marbleized rather than uniform.

Glue monsters creative craft project || Gift of Curiosity

The kids started by pouring their colored glue into some cookie cutters.

Glue monsters creative craft project || Gift of Curiosity

It seemed like a good idea, but it didn’t work out since the glue leaked out.

Glue monsters creative craft project || Gift of Curiosity

Then we just tried to make some free form shapes. XGirl loved spooning colored glue onto her paper.

Glue monsters creative craft project || Gift of Curiosity

And she loved mixing the colors together as well.

Glue monsters creative craft project || Gift of Curiosity

XGirl’s designs were all pretty free form. QBoy, on the other hand, wanted to create a specific image. Here he is adding a nose to his creature.

Glue monsters creative craft project || Gift of Curiosity

But the activity really got exciting when I brought out the googly eyes and sequins. The kids wanted all of their glue creations to have eyes and some bling.

Glue monsters creative craft project || Gift of Curiosity

It took the glue monsters a few days to dry, but in the end, we had some pretty cool looking creatures!

Glue monsters creative craft project || Gift of Curiosity

Note: One thing I didn’t expect was how much the glue would contract during the drying process. Any long arms coming off of the glue monsters contracted back during the drying process so that all the creatures ended up shaped more like blobs.

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Comments

  1. Dawn says

    This looks fun! I wonder if I used food coloring paste if that would work as well? Might have to experiment.

  2. Tracey@We-Made-That says

    Those are cool! And I agree the colors are pretty all marbleized! Thanks for sharing on We Made That!

  3. says

    How did you get them to come off so cleanly? I tried using glue to make window clings in the same way and it curled up and didn’t want to come off! Maybe we will try again! Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

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