Sunday, December 12, 2010

"You're Letting Them Use That?!"

A while back I read about Teacher Tom's adventures with using glue guns. Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning also uses glue guns for fun activities. We bought some glue guns for our kids to use...and I've been waiting for just the right activity to introduce them to the class.

Well, this week we did it. We wanted kids to decorate frames with photos to give as gifts to parents. We couldn't find ready-made frames that would work for what we wanted to do. So we decided to let the kids make the frames as well as decorate them. We used colored craft sticks and the glue guns to make the frames.

When "G" came to the table and watched kids using the glue guns, he exclaimed, "You're letting them use that?" (Some parents may have said the same thing if they saw it.) I said, "Yes. You can do it, too, if you'd like." He did.

Then they decorated the frames with a variety of stickers.

Mrs. Cindy helped trim and attach the photographs.

The kids added adhesive magnets. Some kids put their frames on the board. A few others put theirs on the table, ready to go home. I love the askew frames - frames that look like 5-year-olds did them.

We had only one small "burn." (We put a small bowl of water to cool off a finger that touches something hot - an idea from Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning. Thanks, Sherry and Donna!)

We had a great time with the glue guns and will definitely be using them again soon.