I haven’t mentioned much here about M’s enthusiasm for the glue gun. He loves it. He uses it only with supervision, is extremely careful, and is responsible enough that I trust him with it. I would not advise a glue gun for every 5 year old’s art supply set though. Ours is a low temp gun; I can not use a high temp gun without getting blisters – I would never allow M to use one.
The wonderful thing about hot glue is the freedom it gives you to build upwards when creating art. Regular white glue would not hold as well, nor would it dry as quickly. Quick-drying glue is important when you are 5 years old and building something as fast as your imagination can go. :)
I started with setting out a few supplies: Glue gun, glue sticks, sea shells, glass stones (florist style, flat marble), wooden beads, craft sticks, pine cones, and a sturdy surface to place everything on. A thick piece of cardboard would work… we ended up using tagboard from the back of a certificate frame. A piece of wood would be lovely as a base as well!
Then the fun began. M was very particular about deciding just where everything should go. He absolutely loved this. He finished two masterpieces and begged to do more. If I’d had enough material for bases, I think he would have done this all afternoon!
The finished artwork… Can you tell what they are supposed to be?
Playgrounds! We added some peg people the next day:
I love that he built miniature play areas… it reminds me of a fairy land sort of thing – something I’m not sure he’s ever heard of (poor child) – beautifully made with bits of nature and, of course, the amazing hot glue gun! :)
Have a beautiful day! :)