My little girl Millie absolutely loves to get all creative and make things and every time we get her crafting things out I'm always slightly apprehensive as it usually ends up in a good hour-long clear up operation on my part! It is a love/hate relationship I have with this hobby as I do love to see her using her imagination and getting all creative but I really dislike watching the area that she is working in get turned into a sticky, glittery mess and knowing I have to clear it up! I try to find ways to make her creative play as mess-free as possible and one way to try to solve the mess problem is to find a glue which isn't quite as... well... problematic yet still works so I bought this UHU stick in the hope that it would solve the problem.
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Millie just loves to stick things together and when she was first getting creative we could get away with having a trusty Pritt Stick which was as mess free as you could get really with a glue. She happily put gitter onto the pritt stick areas but soon this was obvious that it wasn't a good enough glue for my girl as she enjoys using different materials to stick together like pasta, ribbons and sticks she's found so we needed a stronger glue, Pritt Stick is all well and good for basic gluing needs but my daughter likes to be more... creative (I'd like to say difficult but will refrain!) When I use glue I know what I'm doing, I know how much to use and I can control my urge to just tip it out all over the paper, table and floor but a 5 year old has other ideas and so whenever Millie does anything involving glue it gets extremely messy. I realise that without glue she cannot create the wonderful collages and bizarre sculptures but just wish she was more conservative with using it! Over the past few months I have tried to find a way to make creative play less of a sticky situation but it is very difficult to do. I bought this glue pen because I thought it would be better than using a bottle of PVA glue which could get knocked over.
I remember using UHU glue myself when I was little, perhaps my mother was tearing her hair out when I was getting creative too... I don't know. When I saw these in the shop they looked like a good idea. It came in a pack of two for £1.99 so I bought them for Millie and decided we would have a go at being creative in the hope that it would be less messy than normal. The stick/pen is quite thick, about 2.5cm wide so it is chunky enough to be held by little hands and also means that it has quite a lot of glue inside, if it was really thin like a biro it would run out right away. The pen itself is plastic but a squeezable one so you can get the glue out easily. It isn't designed to look really appealing to children there are no pictures on it but it is bright which seems to attract Millie anyway! To use it you unscrew the lid and it reveals the nib which is actually a plastic nozzle that is angled slightly and has a hole in it that's about 3mm wide. When you squeeze the tube the glue will come out. If you leave it with the lid off on it's side then eventually little bits will drip out but only slowly, it doesn't gush out like leaving a bottle on it's side.
The glue is quite thick so it comes out of the tube slowly- unless you apply lots of force that it which Millie sometimes does when she squeezes it with both hands! Because it comes out slowly children have more control over it and can apply it to the area which they want on their page. Millie sometimes tried to write her name in the glue and then stick things onto it like glitter, wrappers and so forth. Being able to use it a bit like a pen is a bonus for her, it never looks perfect there are some thicker parts and thinner parts but it doesn't matter to her. Because the nib of this is slightly angled it has a flat side and this is great for using as a glue spreader so Millie can get eve more creative!
Has it solved a problem??
Has it solved our sticky tale? It has and it hasn't. I don't think you will ever get creative play with a 5 year old that doesn't contain mess, Millie seems obsessed with using as much glue as possible. I have tried to teach her when using this glue pen that she cannot use too much or it will run out and that even just putting a little dot of glue will work, she doesn't need a huge amount. I think that this pen has helped in some ways, previously we had a tub of PVA which she has managed to knock over and spread all over the table or she would just try to tip the whole lot over her paper. Before that we had pritt Stick that just used to get dried up, not stick down enough things and would just frustrate her. This glue pen can be messy still as when she sues both hands Millie is able to get a lot out but at least this pen needs to be squeezed for the glue to come out and it won't leak all over the place if it doesn't have the lid on.
Obviously a glue pen would be no good if it didn't allow Millie to get creative, if it helps not make messy play quite as messy then great but it would be no good if it didn't actually work so does it? I think it does! I think it is a great glue, it sticks really well although it does take a while to dry. Millie has stuck pasta on to card with this, twigs to leaves, little bits of felt onto dollies dresses and it has been pretty successful. It takes a while to dry which sometimes isn't great as Millie gets impatient but it does hold things together well and we find that using less is more really as when you use a lot of glue the items you're trying to stick together can move about a bit and it doesn't always work out really well and this can frustrate her.
In terms of being creative this is a good pen to use. Millie just loves exploring what she can do and create and it's amazing to watch. I have learnt to bite my tongue and try to just give little tips about not using too much but to let her take the lead and learn from what she is doing. When she complains that it is taking too long to dry I explain how perhaps using less glue would have made it dry faster. Creative play is just so much fun, Millie would play like this every day if she could and I love how it's helping her to concentrate on things and to just use her imagination. I remember spending hours making things when I was little so it's lovely to see my own little girl doing the same.
If you're looking for a decent glue that isn't as messy as using a tub and a glue spreader then I really do think that this is a good answer for you! It does create more mess than a Pritt Stick but it is also easier to get neater lines with it, it's better at sticking things together and it is also quite fun to use too. Millie likes to squeeze the tube and watch the glue come out, this is far more exciting than putting a glue spreader in a pot apparently!
I think it is ideal for children and I'm so glad I came across it because now our creative time isn't as messy and I was previously holding back and always steering Millie towards playing with something else. Now I can let her be creative knowing that it won't end up in my flooring being covered in lots of glue. It is washable too so when this gets on her clothes (which is does of course!) it's easy enough to wash out and it's also easy to wash off our hands too. It is therefore in my opinion ideal for children but I must admit I like using it too when getting creative with Millie!
I am giving it 4 stars that may seem strange as I have been singing it's praises but this is just because once the glue starts to run out it has to be squeezed a bit harder and that can be difficult for little hands like Millie's to be able to do so maybe you don't get your full money's worth out of it. Other than that this is a great glue pen which I highly recommend.
This glue has been around in the family for as long as I can remember, well not the one we have now, but many of its predecessors. Might be because this one is widely available and it can be bought at almost every store and is pretty much cheap.
I have got tons of glues at home because I am constantly engaged in crafts and fun projects in my spare time. This one I do not particularly like as it is not really strong and it is only good for paper and cardboard. When working with paper the glue is to "wet" and the paper wriggles if you are not extra careful. It is OK for easy projects (paper mosaics) but I do not advise it if you want something more durable.
This one is mainly meant for children I suppose (mine has fish and butterflies on it) and I do think it is OK for them since it is quite easy to use. You have to twist the lid open, squeeze the tube and run the tip of the pen through the surface. It does not dry fast which is a minus for me but good for children.
It can get really messy at the tip and your fingers will most probably be equally messy (don't know how and why - I always am really careful but always end up messy) - but this one comes off with a simple wash - which again makes it perfect for children.
It also has a very gentle scent/stench - opposed to some that can stink you to death upon inhaling.
It's a good glue for children, I know I have created various "masterpieces" as a child with it - and as a child when I was not so obsessed with perfection of my crafts this glue was perfect, now it only serves me when there are no other better glues at hand or if I am gluing something that has no importance to me. I do however bring this baby out whenever there are children at our house and I have to "craft" entertain them.
When it comes to the noble art of gluing paper and card, I usually opt for the good old fashioned 'Pritt Stick' - it's a clean and effective option which does exactly as it is supposed to. However, as my local art shop had sold out of the ever-popular glue (just as I desperately needed some), I was forced to try the 'UHU Pen' instead.
Housed in a transparent tube with a yellow lid and label, the glue pen is designed (like Pritt Stik) for light-duty work in the form of sticking paper and card. However, unlike Pritt Stik, the glue takes on a liquid rather than solid form. The 50ml size currently retails for £1.59 from Beardsalls stationers, although it can be picked up for less if you look online. One of the glue's benefits is the fact that it is solvent free and non-toxic, making it suitable for use by children.
To use the glue stick, you must first remove and discard the plastic stopper (found by unscrewing the lid, and also the fabric tip of the product), and then you're free to begin sticking to your heart's content - but is the sticking power any good?
Pushing the top of the glue pen onto your paper releases a generous amount of the transparent fluid, which can then be further spread around with the nib. Unfortunately, it takes a long time to dry, meaning that in practice, you'll have to hold whatever you're sticking together for an extended period of time. My second problem with the product is the fact that because it's a moist glue, it makes the paper wrinkle up and look quite unsightly - this isn't something which affects Pritt Stick, as it's essentially a 'dry' glue.
Overall, although it's a fun product to use, UHU's glue stick isn't something which I would use again. As liquid glue sticks go, I'm sure it's up there with the best of them - however, by its very nature, paper wrinkling and extended drying time means that (as my title suggests) i'm sticking to Pritt, if you'll pardon the pun.