I am here today to spread the gospel of the glue sponge! If you haven’t fallen in love with glue sponges yet, then I’m guessing you haven’t tried them! I first learned about glue sponges from Smedley’s Kindergarten Smorgasbord. I thought it was a cool idea, but I also thought, “nah, I’m doing OK.” Glue sticks and bottled glue hadn’t yet become my enemies.
Enter interactive notebooks. We started going through about 500 glue sticks a day. When we tried glue bottles, the phrase “dot, dot, not a lot” was forgotten by just about every student, and they made a huge mess. Glue was now a problem that needed to be beaten.
So I made some glue sponges, and I will never go back!
Making glue sponges is super easy. Just gather bottles of white glue, sponges, and plastic containers with lids. I buy these Rubbermaid containers which are cheap but last the whole year. At the end of the year, I just throw away the whole container.