As we begin to plan for back to school, we love getting the kids involved. Using Elmer’s Glue to create a multitude of DIY back-to-school cool crafts is easy and will keep your children occupied for hours. Every pencil case has Elmer’s School Glue in it to stick things together, but we are using it here as the main ingredient! Here are some great ideas that your kids will think are cool crafts.
What you will need for your BTS cool crafts
For the paint mixture: Elmer’s School Glue or Elmer’s Tacky Glue and food colouring.
Recommended items to paint: vase, jar, glass picture frame.
Additional: painter’s tape is nice to have on hand to create interesting designs.
Lay out a throwaway mat or a craft mat to get started! Though it looks pretty on the finished product, food colouring is not your friend. It stains and drips EVERYWHERE, so it’s important to be cautious. Elmer’s School Glue is the perfect consistency for a painting craft. We have been using it for so many activities like painting and making slime.
Now, mix the Elmer’s School Glue and approximately 4 drops of food colouring and mix. You can add more or less food colouring to create darker or lighter hues. I found that less than 4 drops created a translucent look. The glue acts as an adhesive and it is a little thicker than the feel of ordinary paint. Once you start to paint your item of choice, the mixture glides on.
Have fun painting
Give your children the opportunity to explore with different brushes and tools.
Create a first day of school frame
Using painter’s tape to create a frame around the edges helped us to create a simple design with a small detail of two small yellow lines, leaving the picture of your child the focus of the frame. Have your child write their name on the frame or a sentence in permanent marker for them to keep as a memorabilia of their first day of school.
Use it as a Teacher’s gift
This green vase is a perfect way to start the school year. I love the idea of giving your teacher this as an entry to school gift. The teacher may use it during the school year to store pencil crayons, Popsicle sticks, paintbrushes or other school based objects!
Use as storage
Give your child the motivation to stay neat and organized with this personalized school supply container. It contains your items and you can give your child the opportunity for personalization, which they will be sure to appreciate.
These back-to-school cool crafts will help your kids to start thinking about the school year ahead during the summer months. By doing a fun craft that relates to getting in gear for school, it makes the transition easier and creates a positive atmosphere towards learning and waking up on that first day!
Photographs taken by Ben Starkman of BGS Images
What activities will you be doing to help ease the transition back into school-mode?
This post was sponsored by Elmer’s Glue as part of the #SavvySassySchoolDays campaign. All opinions, as always, are our own.
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