My 3-year-old son is a gluing fool. I decided to make him a Christmas gift that would embrace this (and keep him busy through the long winter to come).
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Gluing Craft Box:
1. A shoe box
2. Material to cover the box (I used felt I had on hand and this printable.)
3. Painter’s tape
5. Glue Gun
6. Washable school glue
7. Foam sheets
8. Snack size bags
9. Odds and ends for gluing
10. A piece of ribbon for decoration
::Use the felt and a glue gun to cover the box. Use the four sides and the cover as a template, and cut out five pieces of felt. Glue each piece to the proper side. If desired, print this on a half sheet of paper, and glue it to the top of the shoe box.
::Use the painters tape to tape over the seams on the sides of the box and top of the box.
::Collect odds and ends around the house to fill up 10 snack sized bags. Be creative. You can use left-over bits of pasta or beans from your pantry, left over bits and pieces of fabric and string from craft projects, or anything else you can find. I used:
o Two types of pasta
o Two types of stickers
o Dried pinto beans and dried white beans
o Seashells and rocks
o Googly eyes
o Plastic dinosaurs and lizards from various prizes and goody bags that my son comes home with
o String, and rick rack cut into short pieces with buttons
::Place the foam sheets at the bottom the box (I got a package of 20 sheets at the dollar store). These will serve as the bases for my son’s gluing projects. You could also cut out pieces of card stock or card board.
::Add the snack bags full of odds and ends to the box.
::Close the box and use a piece of ribbon to tie the bottle of washable glue to the box.
Lucky is the mother of two young kids and a carb-intolerant kitty. Read about her adventures of balancing kids, work and life with making her own bread at Making My Own Luck.
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