Glitter Glue Art with Kids
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The Best Glitter Glue for Kids

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I bought Maia this set of glitter glue for her birthday and she’s been using it almost nonstop since.

We had previously tried a couple different brands of glitter glue pens (I don’t remember what kind) that were really hard to squeeze. I mean really hard. So I tossed them, and have been leery of glitter glue since.

But someone recommended Discount School Supply’s glitter glue, so I decided to give it another try since Maia loves glue and loves glitter.

I’m so glad I did!

This stuff is the best glitter glue we’ve tried by far!

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These obviously aren’t the pen kind, and maybe that’s the key.

These are regular old glue squeeze bottles with lovely, sparkly glitter glue inside.

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Maia often gets her glitter glue out after school and draws pictures while we sit at the table together and talk about her day.

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In fact, she seems to love these so much that I would’ve sworn she would say glitter glue when I asked her about her favorite art material.

Her answer?

Crayons.

Who knew?! (Although I wonder if her answer would be different on another day.)

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Here’s one of her glitter glue pictures once the glue has dried.

The glue doesn’t stay quite as puffy after it dries, but is definitely still raised.

I’m planning to suggest a crayon rubbing of one of these soon. Wouldn’t that be neat?

And I’ve read about making prints from a dried glue drawing—probably from one of MaryAnn’s books such as Preschool Art. So many possibilities…

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So, is your family into glitter glue?

38 Comments

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    welcome to our wonderland
    September 21, 2010 at 9:28 am

    those are great I’m going to be making a discount school supply order that will have to go on my must buy list :)

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    Barbara Zaborowski
    September 21, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Has anyone made their own glitter glue? I make my own colored glue, but haven’t tried glitter yet.

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    Dawn Lange
    September 21, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Esme’ loves glitter glue, too. We’ll have to try this brand since we’ve had the same problems with the other kind.

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    Jennifer
    September 21, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I’ll have to check that company out. We, too, have been frustrated by the pens. My dd loves the stuff, too. Thanks for the idea! I’ve seen raised pictures used for rubbings before. At a park event they had a bunch of sea creatures drawn out with glitter glue on cardboard, and the kids made crayon rubbings of them. Worked really well.

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    Jen
    September 21, 2010 at 11:11 am

    My son loves glitter glue too and we have had the same problem with the small tubes..SO frustrating!!! Thanks for sharing about these..I can’t wait to get some!

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    sherri/the claw
    September 21, 2010 at 11:30 am

    W. looooves glitter glue. I will check out this brand, he loves doing glitter glue art.

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    misha- art teacher
    September 21, 2010 at 11:30 am

    My students love glitter glue. I read my kindy and first graders the book called: Rainbow Fish. We then draw the fish (them on their paper, me on my big paper) and then they can add glitter glue to the fish. When the glue is dry (in a day) we add liquid watercolor to the drawing to make him colorful and put some water in the piece.

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    amy
    September 21, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Yes! and had great fun this summer making a “suncatcher” mobile (w/ 3-1/2 and 5-1/2 year olds)
    1. Trace coloring book pictures (simple shapes) onto stiff plastic (from whatever packaging)using sharpies, color w/ sharpies, if desired
    2. Cut out pictures and punch holes in the tip
    3. add gobs of glitter glue to the shapes, let dry
    4. hang w/ thread as a mobile
    I’m always inspired by your suncatcher variations… this was one of mine. both kids totally got into it, and they are so proud to tell friends they made their mobiles.

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    dynajenn
    September 21, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Fun! Make sure you save the bottles, you can refill with glue (clear or white, although the white takes a while to dry clear and see the full glittery effect) and glitter. I use a very fine glitter, someone gave me some Martha Stewart stuff which works quite well. Speaking of glitter, you can add glitter or glitter glue to tempra paint to make a nice shimmery effect. If you mix your own glue and glitter and not use a squeeze bottle, the glitter shapes are very cool.

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color
    September 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I’ve had that on our wish list and wondered how it would go over. Thanks for sharing! I love that last picture of hers.

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    iHanna
    September 21, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    this is so sweet, love that she has got different shirts on to kind of show how many days she’s been digging this stuff. cute – and of course, glitter rocks!

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    melissa madden
    September 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    My kids love glitter glue too, but I haven’t tried this brand yet! We use their paints, now we will try their glue! Looks like your little one is having a blast!

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    [email protected]
    September 21, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    hey jean, where do you get the discount art supplies brand stuff? you mention it a couple of times (the roll of art paper for your easel). locally?

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    branflakes
    September 21, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    We love this brand of glitter glue! I’m with you, I had tried many different brands and none of them are as good.

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    Jessica Flowers
    September 21, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Jean, First of all, I love your blog. I have a 2 year old at home and have enjoyed doing many of your projects with him (we made a contact paper collage last night!). But I also use your ideas regularly in my day job. I am a Program Manager for a non profit organization called Free Arts that brings thereputic arts programming to abused, homeless and at-risk youth in Phoenix. Your blog has become a great resource for our 100+ mentors working with these very special kids each week. Thanks you for your conintued inspiration and for the impact you have had on so many lives all over the country!

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    Sarah
    September 21, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks for this post. My daughter LOVES glitter and we have been having trouble with the glitter pens that are just too much work for her three year old hands. I will have to look for this product.

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    butterfly wishes and wonderland dreams
    September 21, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    oh i’m going to try it tomorrow!!!

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    [email protected]
    September 21, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I’ve been using glitter glue with my daughter (Now 4) since she was 2 and she loves it!
    We used the Rose art kind from Target that come in large cylindrical tubes which have been easy to use for even a 2 year old (except for opening). We’ve decorated hearts for v-day garland, eggs for easter(garland too), and just for fun! I love using it too! I agree that some of those smaller tubes by crayola and other generic brands are awful! I can understand why you were discouraged!
    I notice your daughter just turned 5 and in KDg now, how is that going? Everyone seems to wait if they have late B-days so that is why I ask? My daughters’s 5th b-day will be in July. So many teacher friends tell me to wait.

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    Jennifer
    September 21, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Glitter glue at our library is a favorite storytime craft art supply, but it goes so FAST. A box of 72 little glitter glue pens – I usually get Colorsplash – lasts for maybe 4 craft times. The kids get a couple squeezes out of each pen, and then that’s it. They can’t squeeze hard enough to get the dregs, and I can’t afford to buy more pens!
    So…how fast does the stuff pour out of those bottles? Do you feel they’d last with a group of glitter-happy preschoolers?

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    Ms. Maria
    September 21, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    My daughter loves loves loves glitter of any kind. She likes glitter glue but we run out a lot (I’ll have to try the discount school supply kind), so she’s often reduced to drawing with regular glue and sprinkling dry glitter on it. She got a stapler of her very own over the weekend and the other night came up with this: She used colored paper and made picture frames by cutting squares out of one piece and stapling the piece with the whole onto another piece (using many many MANY staples). Then she scotch taped a picture into the window and finished off by decorating with many swirls of glittered-up glue. I wish I had a photo to show you!
    Tonight she expanded the idea by making a bunch of frames and stapling them together for a photo album. No glue or glitter this time though.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I buy the Discount School Supply stuff online. Here’s the link: https://www.discountschoolsupply.com/.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I bet it would work! Let me know if you try it. Is your colored glue paint + glue or food coloring + glue?

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    good to know!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 21, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Ooh! I love that idea! We have The Rainbow Fish and love that story.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 21, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    I love this idea, too! I’ll have to start saving stiff plastic packaging…

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 21, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Sounds fun!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 21, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Thanks for the lovely comment, Jessica! Your organization sounds great–I’d love to hear more about it.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 21, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Sounds like a lot of people feel the same way.

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    molly
    September 22, 2010 at 11:05 am

    We do liquid watercolors and glue — works like a charm.

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    Jill
    September 22, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    You’re so brave! I don’t see smocks. Your children appear to be such tidy (and creative!) artists.

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    Rachel
    September 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    thx for the recommendation! will be added to the stocking stuffer list… if i can wait that long! my boys love the idea of g.glue but like m were frustrated by the difficulty to squeeze. i look forward to getting these!

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    Barbara Zaborowski
    September 23, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Neither. We have tons of old markers from preschool. Inside is a fiber tube of color. I pull it out and put it in the glue. It takes from a couple of days to a week to color the glue.

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    Amanda
    September 23, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    We are in love with glitter glue too! Thanks for the recommendation for the Discount supply brand. We played with the pens together the other day and MY hands were sore after that!

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    Kelly
    September 26, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Yes, absolutely! And we have the hard-to-squeeze kind so I am happy to have your recommendation.

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    char
    September 26, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    We have phases when the glitter glue is out at every opportunity. I sort of cringe (mostly on the inside, I hope) when I see my son make huge piles of it, all the colors on one spot the size of a quarter… I try so hard not to say anything to stifle his exploration… We have not had problems with the little tubes, but we go through it fast enough that I would like to try the brand you have–then I might not cringe when huge amounts get used at one sitting.
    PS PLEASE BE AWARE THAT GLITTER CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY TO THE EYES IF IT GETS ON HANDS AND HANDS THEN RUB THE EYES. (It is not so hard to imagine this happening.) Enjoy the sparkly bliss!!!

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    Discount School Supply
    September 28, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Thanks SO much for this great post, Jean. Colorations Glitter Glue is really fun and it’s great to see it in use in such fun ways… And I love your idea about doing a crayon rubbing!
    Thanks again,
    Laurel from Discount School Supply

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    [email protected]
    June 3, 2011 at 3:51 am

    Hi Welcome to our Wonderland,
    We can supply you with quality glitters and glitter glue at a very competitive pricing. We are one the world’s leading supplier and we can offer you flexible quantity, quick delivery and excellent quality products. Please feel free to contact me at:
    Carole
    [email protected]

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    NotCinderell
    January 29, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Thank you so much for this entry! I’m doing the decorations for a school fundraiser, and I’m looking for easy to apply glitter glue. I was intrigued by this product as it appeared to be a particularly cost-effective choice.
    I appreciate the photos of your daughter holding the bottles as well as the pictures of her art, as they give me a good idea as to how large the bottles are, how they apply, and what the product looks like once dry!
    All the best to you and yours!

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