We used our glue guns again this week to make frames as gifts. We made frames last year and it was a big hit. I anxiously prepared the materials, afraid that if I got too excited I would have another experience like my rope light fail. I laid out the colored craft sticks and plugged in the glue guns. I arranged foam stickers and put out a cup of water. Then I waited.
The first kids in the room jumped right into the activity. I told them that the end of the glue gun was hot and so was the glue. Then I had to clarify that the glue coming out of the glue gun was hot, not the glue stick in the back. (They are literal and take what we say at face value.) They put dots of glue on the corners and stuck the sticks into a square shape.
Then the foam stickers went on, as few or as many as the child chose.
They took their frames over to Mrs. Cindy who helped them mount a picture, glue the picture to the frame, and add magnets. (No pictures of this step.)
One girl told me, "My mother says I'm not allowed to use that."
"It's okay to use it here," I told her. "I'll stand right here if you need help." She didn't. I want to respect her mother's rules but we often do things in the classroom that she probably wouldn't do at home. And, if she had insisted she wasn't allowed, I would have let it go.
"I touched the glue," one boy said to me.
"It's hot, isn't it?" I said. He nodded. "The water will help it feel cooler." He dipped the finger a couple of times and turned back to his work.
One or two others brushed against the glue and had to take a quick water dip, but no one was upset or even concerned. The boy who had mentioned it to me seemed frustrated with himself that it had happened. But he shook it off and finished what he was doing.
I love the wonky frames that the kids create. This is probably the most "product" oriented I ever get regarding art activities. But each one is different, expressing the personality of the child. Some are covered with stickers; some have a few stickers; one even had no stickers.
|These are ones from last year. |
I didn't get a pic of the completed ones this year.