Creating homemade paste and glue is simple and fun! Have your child help you with these recipes, and then enjoy the sticky texture together - make collages, cut out and glue pictures from magazines, or make a glue picture.
We made two paste recipes, and both were very easy but very messy! Wear old clothes, and be ready to wash hands when you are through.
For a very simple recipe, just mix 1/2 cup of flour with 1/4 cup of water. You can add more flour and/or more water until you get the consistency and amount you want. Mixing it with your hands is fun but gooey! This glue is not very practical, but it's a marvelous textural experience for a rainy (or snowy) day.
If you want to get a little fancier, mix the flour with water in a saucepan. Add enough water so that the glue is the texture of very thick cream. An adult should then heat it on the stove for about five minutes, letting it simmer a bit and stirring often. Then add a few drops of food coloring to make colored paste.
These pastes can be used for collages or to make glue pictures. Trying the paste on a colored piece of construction paper gives a new effect. Go ahead and use your fingers to spread the glue. You should be able to store your glue in a plastic container in the fridge for a short time.
Put a bit of store-bought white glue into some small plastic containers. (Applesauce ones work really well.) Mix a bit of food coloring with the glue, creating several colors. Use just a little for light colors, more for dark colors. Teach your child how to create new colors. (Ex: blue + red = purple.) The colors turn out lovely and vivid. Paint a picture with the glue using paintbrushes on white or colored paper, or use it to make collages.
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