Project – Easy Glue Recipe

I love doing art projects with my grandchildren. This week, the kiddies were on their way over, and I had plenty of paper for a project, but no school glue on hand. I decided to try and make my own rather than run out to the store and waste time and money.

There are quite a few recipes on the Internet. The most popular paste/glue to use with small children involves only two ingredients: cornstarch and water. I read several of the recipes and decided on my own quantities: 1 part cornstarch to 4 parts water. I used tablespoons as my measurement, but this glue can be made in larger or smaller quantities as needed. For an even better sensory experience add a drop or two of spearmint oil.

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Add cornstarch and water to a small saucepan.

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Stir together with a spoon. (A whisk would also work at this point, but is not recommended for the heating stage. The glue/paste will glob on the wire and be hard to remove.)

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My two and three year old grandchildren helped me up to this point. They enjoyed the idea of making their own glue/paste.

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Heat mixture over low heat. Stir constantly. The glue will quickly thicken.

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Within moments the glue takes on the sheen of Vaseline. Remove from heat.

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Immediately remove glue from pan and allow to cool. It will ready to use within a few minutes.

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A toothpick or popsicle stick is the perfect applicator. My grandchildren used their fingers.

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Cornstarch glue is perfect for paper projects.

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The glue will keep for quite a while placed in an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator.

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A final note: After a half hour of drying time, the glued paper held fast. I tried to remove the layers and the result was encouraging, the paper held firm enough to tear. I was also pleased to see that the layers dried without bubbling. Small children will create “lumpier” projects that might bubble a bit, but they will hold together after they are dry. Drying time for a small child’s thicker application of glue will be a few hours.

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