“ Brand: ELC / Type: Craft Supplies / Age: 3 Years+ „
We do arts and crafts every once in a while but my son is not the arts and crafts type however I do have a box full of paints, sticky bits, glue and other bits and pieces. One of the things we have in the craft box is this glue from Early Learning Centre. It is a 250ml bottle and costs just £1.00 although I picked it up in the sale with a bunch of other things and paid around 65p I believe which is excellent value.
The bottle is thick and chunky and has a red spout on the top. It is heavy to pick up and use especially for a young child so I tend to pour some out into the plastic cups that we have and use a glue spreader rather than pouring the glue straight from the pot with the nozzle attached to the top.
I find the glue is thick and gloopy and easily pours out of the pot with a little squeeze, as I am pouring it it has that traditional glue scent to it and is nice and white. I find once in the pot it is very easy to spread with a glue spreader and once it has dried on the paper it dries clear so any extra glue on the paper doesn't waste the picture.
I have found it sticks paper, foam, felt, pom poms, lolly sticks and a range of other things on to paper and card and have never had any problems so it seems that this glue does more than just stick paper to paper as it claims. I like that fact that it is a large bottle as it means it lasts forever! As I say we don't do crafts every day or anything but it still has almost the full bottle and we have used it on many occasions. I would definitely recommend this glue for craft activities however I didn't find it a good idea to use straight from the bottle for children as it's too heavy to do so. It does however easily clean off of any surface it gets dripped on which I like.
Seventeen month old Freddy and I love our messy play, where we work together to produce many wonderful art projects. One of our absolute craft staples is glue, we seem to go through a ridiculous amount, what with collages, models and papier mache. When I first started building up our craft box there were a few basic criteria that the glue needed to meet. Firstly and most importantly it had to be non-toxic, one thing you soon learn with a toddler is that everything gets tasted and while there are many different manufacturers of glue out there, some of them add anti-fungal ingredients. The other criteria was that it was water soluble or washable, as another lesson you soon learn is that a toddler plus glue equals mess as they manage to get it all over themselves, their clothes and their surroundings. The one glue that definitely meets these criteria is ELC PVA washable glue, which is available in a range of different sizes. To be absolutely honest, I didn't even entertain the notion of buying glue from anywhere else, as I have great confidence in the ELC's art supplies and have done for over twenty years.
As I said the ELC glue comes in a range of different sizes, however, I've only ever bought (and used) two of these. My smaller bottle contains 284mls and looks very like a bottle of washing up liquid, except that it's opaque and white. The flip-top lid is easy to open and I have no trouble controlling how much of the glue I dispense at a time. I generally squeeze the glue out of this bottle into a shallow tray ready for glueing. I have seen a smaller bottle in-store that has a nozzle, which would be handy for more precise glueing. My larger bottle contains a litre of glue, which makes it much more economical, but the design of this bottle makes precise pouring very difficult, with it's screw top lid and relatively wide opening. Personally I find the smaller bottle easier to use and the larger bottle more economical and so I get the best of both worlds by using the large bottle to refill the smaller.
The glue itself is a fairly thick consistency, being white while wet and drying clear. It's worth noting that you will need something to spread the glue with, whether that be a spreader or as we do a brush. I find that when used for collages the glue is easy to spread with a brush and quite a thin layer is all that needed for lighter materials. Paper, card and sequins all stick to this thin layer and it dries reasonably quickly. A thin layer of glue will easily dry with half an hour. The glue can also be used to stick heavier materials, we've made calendars by sticking pasta to a paper plate (then spray painting when dry) and the glue has help the pasta firm, although it did need a little more glue, which took longer to dry.
I've lost count of all the different projects that we've done using this glue, it really is an important part of our creative play. Today we used it to make a glitter spider web, I painted the glue onto some black card and then Freddy added the glitter, which stuck instantly. We also made a spider out of a pompom and pipe cleaners and this is where the glue does struggle. With pompoms the glue seems to soak in meaning that we use a lot more and it takes a long time to dry. I also find that they don't stick quite as securely. We've also used this glue to make a papier mache hot air balloon by mixing it with an equal amount of water. We had great fun getting sticky that day and it worked perfectly. This glue is also brilliant for junk modelling, you do need to use quite a bit, but once dry it manages to hold cereal boxes, toilet tubes and yoghurt pots together.
Once we've finished glueing it's easy to clean this off our hands (and everything else), a bit of soap and warm water does the job perfectly. I've had no trouble getting this off of hands, faces, wooden tables and even the carpet. It also washes out of clothes in a standard wash and is even easy to get out of hair (don't ask). The glue also washes easily out of brushes with the addition of hot water and a little washing up liquid.
Basically, this glue is indispensable in this house and without it we would not be able to create half the masterpieces that we do. I love the fact that it's non-toxic, meaning I'm happy for Freddy to have a go at applying it himself (or simply putting his hand in it to feel the sticky texture). I also love the fact that spills and splats are easily cleaned up, never mind the fact that as it's white when wet I can see where we've applied it and yet it dries clear and so doesn't intrude on our final design. Finally I love the way it's so versatile, has no problem sticking most materials together and has allowed us to create so many different pieces of artwork.
In case you haven't guessed, I'm whole-heartedly recommending this glue to anyone who wants to do sticking. It maybe messier than a solid glue stick, but it will stick many more things together, it might be slightly dearer than some other brands, but you know that it's safe. As to an age range, well I really don't think there is one, the ELC recommends over the age of three, but Freddy is half that age and uses it, just with very strict supervision and help. There is no upper limit and for good reason, heck I'm nearly forty and I love joining in with the gluing. So I'm giving the ELC Bits And Basics Washable Glue an almighty five stars out of five and recommending that you buy two bottles. The smaller one for convenience and then the larger to refill it at a far cheaper price.
I have an arts and craft box for my two youngest children where I keep a whole range of arts and craft materials to keep them entertained, especially in the school holidays. Obviously, as part of an arts and craft kit we need glue - but as my youngest child is only two years old, I need a glue with is not only washable but also non-toxic (particularly as he's at that phase when everything goes in his mouth!). We are currently using Bits & Basics Washable Glue from the Early Learning Centre.
Bits & Basics Washable Glue cost me £1.50 for a 250ml bottle - which is a decent enough size to last my kids about 6 weeks or so. The bottle is made of plastic and has a screw top lid which is not child-proofed and so it's fine for kids to remove themselves. Attached to the underside of the screw top is a chunky application brush which is like a chunky kids paintbrush. This brush makes application easier and neater - and means that you don't mess up the kids paintbrushes by applying glue to them.
The glue does not have a strong smell and so it doesn't particularly have to be used in an area which is very well ventilated. I do tend to keep the kitchen window open when they are gluing on the kitchen table, but just having that little bit of ventilation seems to suffice. Applying the glue is easy - although it is a little thin and sloppy and so for very exact work (2 year olds tend not to worry about exact application!) then it really wouldn't be very appropriate. Because it's so sloppy and thin, my kids do tend to slap it on in quite large quantities and because of that, the paper they're gluing does tend to get very wet and therefore takes a considerable amount of time to dry (about an hour). However, it does stick little bits of paper together well, and it will also stick light fabrics and thin cardboard - although not as successfully as the paper.
One of the benefits of this glue is that it is washable and so if it gets on your kids clothes it does wash out easily in a warm wash. Also, when it gets only the table surface, it is easily removed with soapy water. It is also non-toxic and so if my son puts his sticky fingers into his mouth then he is not going to do himself any serious harm - although he clearly needs supervision because I'm sure eating any quantity wouldn't do him any good!
Overall, this is a good basic arts and craft glue for small children. It is inexpensive, it does stick light materials together - and it's washable.
I have always enjoyed doing arts and crafts activities with my son from him being a baby as I think it is a great idea to encourage their creativity. One of the activities my son particularly enjoys is sticking various things on to paper or card to make a collage picture and so a staple in our home is the early learning centre bits and basics glue.
The glue we have comes in a 250ml tub and cost £1.50. We have had this tub for some time now and used it pretty regularly and so I feel the price is more than reasonable. The glue is packaged in a chunky looking white plastic tub. It has a basic looking label with "bits and basics" written in coloured lettering. We are told that the glue is strong, washable glue for paper, card and collage. The early learning centre logo is also present on the label.
What I particularly like about this glue is that when you twist off the lid you will find that there is a brush attached to it meaning that you do not need to find a separate brush to apply the glue to your paper or card. The brush is of a good size and spreads well on to the paper. The chunky lid also makes it easy to hold even for young children.
My son loves to make creative collages and so at home we have googly eyes, feathers, gems, fuzzy pom poms, match sticks, straws and many other things and this thick white glue sticks them well to the paper or card which we are using. My son seems to prefer to spread the glue onto his paper rather than on to the individual items and this works well (and makes less mess so I am pleased he chooses this option!)
The glue obviously needs time to dry and set and the time obviously varies with the amount of flue used and the thing that it is sticking but we find a picture is nearly always set in around an hour. You could put the picture somewhere warm to reduce the drying time of course.
I am lucky that my son hasn't got this glue on his clothes but the bottle does say that it will wash out of most fabrics. It is course advisable to cover work surfaces and to put an apron on your child when doing any kind of craft activity.
The bottle recommends that this glue is used by children aged 3-10 years but in my opinion there is no reason why younger children cannot enjoy sticking activities with adult supervision. I know my son made his first collage picture long before he was three!
In my opinion this glue is really decent and the added brush makes it perfect for collage work with your young child. The price is reasonable and the glue lasts well. Five stars!
Thank you for reading my review!
Bits and Basics Washable glue is always around in our house. I am a designer and I have a 5 year old who loves his arts and crafts. We needed a glue which was strong, and safe enough for me to use and also for my kid to use. We do loads of arts and crafts, gluing all sorts of stuff, from fixing small toys to sticking pasta onto paper.
The Glue has a great consistency and mixes well with paint, its doesn't smell so is non toxic and also dries quite quickly, (but that does depend on how much you slap it on.)
It also dilutes well for paper mache and other uses, and if you use it with brushes it washes out well, and if like me it ends up all over your hands, dont worry as it really is very washable and its not too difficult to wash it out.
I think having this glue is an essential part of any artist or budding artists collection of tools, and would definitely recommend it to all.
ELC Bits and basics Washable glue
We tend to go through lots of glue in our house, and especially close to christmas when Little Miss is making her Christmas cards.
WHilst we do like glue sticks, when we have heavier things such as beads to stick, we tend to want them to stick and stay stuck, and we find that a stronger glue works best. I also don't like washing out glue spreaders so one of the things I look for is a glue with a brush, so washing up and cleaning is very limited.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING
The product we bought is a 250ml bottle of glue. The bottle itself is a white plastic bottle with a screw on/off lid. On the lid, and kept inside the bottle is a stick with a brush on the end of the brush. This brush is obviously used to apply the glue to any craft makes, so it's quite thick and stays soft when it's inside the bottle so thankfully won't dry out.
The bottle is easy to open although not so easy that young children will be able to get into it- it does require some pressure.
The glue itself is, as expected, white and thankfully odourless, and is nice and thick so that when it is applied, it doesn't drip but rather holds on to the brush so that it can be easily applied to whatever it needs to stick. It does dry clear so no matter how much glue children use, it won't show on the finished crafty make.
The glue can stick things like paper, sequins, buttopns etc, so anything which might be needed for Christmas crafts. The glue can stick heavier things such as buttopns and awkward things like pipe cleaners and for small things like sequins when the glue dries, it dries completely clear.
WHO IS IT FOR?...
The bottle suggests that the glue is for children age 3years to 10 years. There is a lower limit of 3years because of small parts (in case the brush falls off). However, the upper age limit is probably not necessary; I have used the glue and am certainly older than 10!! It's really for any one who wants a strongish glue regardless of age.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The product is available in either the 250ml bottle which I have for £1.50 or a large 1 litre bottle (minus brush) for £4.
It can be bought online at www.elc.co.uk or instore at the Early learning centre.
A good glue for all crafty activities.
The glue is reasonabley priced, easy to use, non toxic and odourless and does what it's supposed to do.
Any glue which if it goes onto clothes does wash out because I think it's water based, although it's best not to leave it to completely dry out.
A good glue with a brush which is easy to use, doesn't dry out and is small enough for children to manipulate easily but large enough to cover bigger areas.
Anyone wanting to do some art and craft , this is a good one.
Thanks for reading and merry festive season
Making crafts doesn't have to be sticky. Washable glue is ideal for little fingers.