Glues sponges are all the rage these days, and for absolute good reason. They. are. so. awesome! Once I saw them all over social media, I knew that I wanted to try them out with my students.
In my classroom, glue sponges have taken the place of glue sticks and liquid glue in a bottle. ALL we use are glue sponges, and this is our second year using only glue sponges.
Liquid Glue (1 bottle per container)
House Sponges (you can get them at the dollar store - typically 2 fit in one container, depending on the size of container you will be using)
Storage containers (pictured are the WalMart brand, I think they're like $2.47 for 5 containers)
Now let's learn how easy these glue sponges are to make...
You'll then want to let your sponges sit overnight. This gives the glue time to saturate the sponge and become a glue sponge.
...or after each use.
To use them, students just dab the paper on top of the glue sponge and then add it to their paper. Super easy to use!
I will be using the glitter glue sponge as a special "VIP" glue sponge for students to use on special occasions only.
Tips for implementing glue sponges in your special education classroom:
1. Our students are very sensory, and the first few times you use these with your students, they will probably want to just touch the sponge. With their whole hand. Maybe the arms too. And they might try to lick the glue off of their fingers. SOOOO you'll want to teach them the proper etiquette for using the sponges.
2. Don't forget to fully close the containers after every use. If you don't, they will get moldy and you'll have to throw the sponges away and start over.
3. Glue sponges typically last me about 4-6 months. They will start to dry out eventually, as students use up the glue. Simply add more glue to the top and let it sit overnight again. Like new!