It is the best thing ever. I learned about this last weekend from another art educator’s blog that I found on Pinterest: Mrs. Humpal’s Room
I’ve been teaching for 15 years now and had never seen this idea until last weekend. I’m not kidding when I tell you that I couldn’t wait to get to school Monday to try it. I had all the ingredients: sponges, liquid glue, and plastic containers with covers. I used Cool Whip containers that had been donated at some point (thank you!). When they saw the containers on my prep table, some of my younger kids actually got excited to think they would be having Cool Whip today. No such luck, but instead a wonderful new tool for the artroom! Here are the instructions, followed by a video of the “Glue Whip” in use:
I took large, thick sponges and cut them in half. Then I removed the corners, which I saved to use with clay.
At first I poured straight up Elmers glue in the tubs, but later diluted it about 1/3 water to 2/3 glue because it was just too thick. Then I just dropped in the pre-moistened sponge.
Just before putting the cover on, I flipped the sponge once to make sure it was saturated.
I have to say the kids were as impressed as I was. All you do is press the paper you are gluing onto the sponge and it coats it in glue. Easy, neat, and a great way to not waste glue! Before putting the covers on for the night, I sprayed each sponge with water. I imagine I may have to do it again when I open the tubs tomorrow.
Here is a video of one of the kids using the glue sponge to make his texture snowman.
Try it, you’ll like it! Really!