Too Much Glue

Too Much Glue by Jason Lefebvre. Illustrated by Zac Retz.

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Matty loves creating glue masterpieces with his parents. One day, his passion for glue spills over into his art class, resulting in an enormous mess.Read all of Too Much Glue to find out if Matty will ever get out of the sticky situation, or if he is doomed to be a “blucky, stucky glue boy” for the rest of his life.

We selected a few activities to do with your young readers. In our experience, one or two activities are enough to keep your child engaged after the story.

Book and Activity Benefits: 

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Following Instructions
  • Gluing (and not using too much )
  • Baking, cooking, and measuring

Bookmark

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Supplies needed

  • Craft foam – 2”X 8” piece – Color of your choice
  • Glue
  • Movable eyes
  • Gift ribbon- Color of your choice – Cut into ½ inch to 1-inch pieces
  • Sequins
  • Mini sticky-notes
  • 6-inch piece of string or yarn
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

Directions:

Click here for instructions with pictures

  1. Prepare the gift ribbon by cutting it into small strips ½ “ to 1” long.
  2. Cut a 2” X 8” piece of craft foam.
  3. With your glue make large dots of glue in several places on the craft foam.
  4. On top of the dots of glue stick movable eyes, sequins, and gift ribbon in any design that you would like.
  5. Let the bookmark dry.
  6. Take 2 or 3 sticky notes and fold them at the top backward over the sticky part.
  7. Punch one hole in the corner of each sticky note.
  8. Punch a hole in the top middle of the bookmark.
  9. Thread the yarn through the hole of the sticky notes and then through the hole of the bookmark.
  10. Tie a knot in the yarn making sure there is a loop that is about 3 or 4 inches long, then cut off the ends.
  11. Write your name or any message on the sticky note.

Your too much glue bookmark is now ready to mark your place in your book.

Craft

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Glue Painting 

Idea inspired by – Kindergarten Lifestyle

Supplies needed:

  • Bottles of white washable school glue – ½ to ¾ full – 1 for each color you will want to use
  • Art Canvas – any size will work
  • Food coloring
  • Craft sticks – slim long size so they fit down into the glue bottle to mix the glue
  • Newspaper or a plastic disposable cloth – to cover your work surface
  • An apron or old t-shirt – to cover your child

Directions:

Click here for instructions with pictures

Note * A flat surface should be used for painting with glue because it is not a thick mixture. If you have it set on an easel the glue will drip off of the canvas.

  1. For each color that you will want to use you will add a few drops of food coloring to the glue bottle. We used 4 drops of food coloring for each bottle. If you would like your colors darker add a few more drops.
    NOTE ** be careful about how many drops you use because the more food coloring you use the runnier it makes the glue.
  2. For an adult to do – After you add drops of food coloring use a craft stick to mix the color by sticking it down into the bottle opening and mixing or you can squeeze the bottle and this will mix the color into the glue. It takes a little bit to get it mixed, but it will eventually all mix in.
  3.  After the glue is mixed it is time for creating. Cover your work surface with protection and your child with an apron or old t-shirt. Have your child take the glue and paint on the canvas
  4. After they have finished set it aside and let it dry. It takes a day or two for it to dry. We put a fan on it to help it dry faster.

When your painting is dry, it is ready to hang on your wall and enjoy.

Activity

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Experiment: Bread or Glue? 

Glue recipe was found at The Frugal Canadian.

Glue is the mixture that binds crafts together. Delicious bread is the mixture that binds families together. We often “break bread” with those we love.

Did you know that homemade glue and homemade bread also have some of the same ingredients? Both recipes start with flour, sugar, and water. Add a few more ingredients and the help of an adult to each recipe, and you can make glue or bread.

Have your children make both recipes with you. Then, ask them to look at the recipes and figure out which extra ingredients make it glue and which extra ingredients make it bread. Science is fun and delicious!

Homemade Glue

Click here for homemade glue instructions with pictures.

  • 1C. flour
  • 1/3 C. sugar
  • 1 ½ C Water
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • A clean sealable container for storage
  • When using the glue you will need an artist’s paint brush and a small bowl or container.

Directions

  1. Add flour and sugar to a cooking pot.
  2. Slowly add the water until it makes a paste consistency.
  3. Bring the mixture to a medium heat while stirring until all of the lumps are gone.
  4. Add vinegar. Mix until the paste thickens.
  5. Let the homemade glue cool and then put it into your container for storage.

Homemade glue should be stored in the refrigerator and can be stored for up to 2 weeks.
When using the glue, put a small amount in a dish and use an artist size paint brush to apply.

Homemade Bread in a Bag

Click here for homemade bread instructions with pictures.

In the photos, you will see larger measuring cups and spoons being used because we doubled the recipe to make a family size portion instead of individual sizes.

  • Gallon size storage bag – 1 for each child
  • 4-6 C flour
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 ¼ C hot tap water
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 envelope/packet yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. Margarine/Butter
  • Cooking spray for the pans
  • 2 greased small bread loaf pans or 1 greased regular size bread loaf pan

Directions

For the little ones to do

  1. In the gallon storage bag add 1 cup of the flour, salt, sugar, and yeast. Close the bag and shake the ingredients together until mixed well.
  2. Open the bag and add the margarine/butter and hot tap water. Close the bag and squeeze the bag until the mixture is all liquid.
  3. Open the bag and keep adding: 1/2 cup of flour at a time, closing and mixing after each 1/2 cup is added until the dough forms a ball that is not soupy or runny. The dough should be easy to pull out of the bag.

(We used 6 cups of flour all together for the doubled recipe on a humid day. It is possible that it may take more or less flour depending on the weather and altitude of where you live).

This is where most of the adult help is needed

  1. When the bread is mixed turn it out of the bag onto a floured surface. Note * This will give you the opportunity to knead a little bit more flour into the dough if needed or to mix any flour into the dough that did not get mixed in. Little hands sometimes need help to mix things thoroughly!
  2. Cover the bread with a piece of plastic such as saran wrap or a cut open plastic bread bag. Let sit for 20 minutes
  3. After 20 minutes remove the plastic wrap and punch the bread down. Punch the bread down means to knead lightly and only a few times
  4. For 2 small loaves of bread cut the dough into 2 equal pieces and then roll the dough into a loaf and pinch the ends. For 1 regular size loaf roll all of the dough into one loaf and pinch the ends.
  5. Place the dough in a greased bread loaf pan. Cover with plastic and set in a warm place. Let the dough rise until double in size. Ours took about 2 hours to rise.
  6. Bake 40 to 45 minutes in a 350-degree oven. Less time may be needed for the 2 small loaves.
  7. When you take your bread out of the oven, let it cool for 10 minutes. After cooling, turn it upside down to remove it from the pan and then brush the top lightly with butter. Butter keeps the crust from being hard and crunchy. It also gives the bread top a nice flavor.

Enjoy your homemade bread warm or cooled. This bread is equally good as toast or cut into squares and dipped into Fondue sauces.

Food

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Graham Cracker fruit snacks

Graham cracker fruit snacks. This food snack is as close to the idea of gluing as you can get. The cream cheese mixture will “glue” your fruit bits onto your cracker and it is a delicious summertime snack. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

  • Graham Crackers – any kind you like.
  • 8 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  • ¼ C. brown sugar
  • Fruit – Strawberries, Kiwi, Raspberries, Blueberries, Pineapple. You can use only one fruit or a combination of several fruits.

DIRECTIONS:

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  1. Prepare your fruit. Wash, peel, and then cut the fruit into small pieces. (We used strawberries only because our house is a strawberry loving house).
  2. In a bowl, put the cream cheese and the brown sugar and stir together until mixed.
  3. Take ½ of a graham cracker and spread the cream cheese mixture onto the cracker.
  4. Arrange your fruit pieces on top of the cracker in any mixture you would like. The cream cheese mixture will hold your fruit on almost like glue.

Click here for a printable copy of the recipe