Use these new alternatives to avoid common craft mistakes and pitfalls that can be impractical, overly messy, or downright unsafe for your kids.
There are only a few short minutes left before class is over. Billy, in a whirlwind of activity, just sent the glitter jar dancing through the air to create a glittery snowfall throughout your room. Megan is in tears because she spilled paint on her brand new dress. And Taisha struggles to cut her paper with too-sharp scissors.
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This scene would be enough to challenge even the most gifted art teacher—much less the engineer you recruited to teach first-graders. How can you give your novice—and experienced—teachers the best resources to make their craft time a success?
As always, the most important factor to remember is safety first! We all know some of the basic craft guidelines, such as no chain saws or super glue. But where do you go from there?
Children’s Ministry Magazine dug up the very best craft innovations to get you on your way. Keep reading to discover the newest craft alternatives to common craft mistakes.
HOT GLUE GUN
Nothing works quite like a hot glue gun for instant bonding. A hot glue gun, though, reaches a temperature of 380 degrees, which can be dangerous and cause painful burns. Even a low-temp gun reaches a temperature of 230 degrees. For your safest choice, hot-glue crafts before children come to class, or choose a special nontoxic craft glue.
Use a craft glue such as Aleene’s Tacky Glue. This extra-thick and extra-tacky glue is good for use on paper, fabric, wood, metal, glass, ceramics, and most plastics. It’s nontoxic and dries clear.
Preschoolers love to glue, but their glue projects can get very messy. Young children often have difficulty controlling the amount of glue dispensed from a bottle, so use a thicker glue or glue gel. Pour a half-dollar-sized amount on a plastic lid, and give children cotton swabs to dip into the glue and then apply to their projects. This method significantly cuts down on glue-overload and mess.
Elmer’s Galactic Glue is a washable, no-run gel that’s safe and nontoxic. It dries clear with an iridescent glitter.