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Glue Bee Doobee Doo

Ideal for Toddler , Preschool/Pre-K , School-Age

A young child smiles and holds a bucket of glue bottles, ready for arts and crafts | Bright Horizons

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to:

  • Use hands and fingers to interact with the environment.
  • Demonstrate the use of creativity and imagination in learning and play.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cause and effect.


  • Bottle(s) of washable school glue
  • Small bowl
  • Stirring stick (such as a popsicle stick)
  • Food coloring (or liquid watercolor)
  • Dish soap
  • A variety of plastic lids
  • Paper


  1. Pour a small amount of school glue out of the bottle into a small bowl and set aside.
  2. To bottle, add the desired amount of food coloring and a dab of dish soap (enough to cover the surface of a quarter).
  3. Stir with a stick, screw on the lid (closed), and shake until mixed.
  4. Squeeze the glue into the plastic lids in any desired design. Be sure to fill the whole lid with glue.
  5. Leave the glue creation on a level, dry, out of the way surface for at least two days or until the glue is dry.
  6. Use the leftover colored glue to make a picture on a piece of paper.
  7. Optional: attach paper shapes or 3D elements to the glue.

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