Product Type: Pritt household products
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Member Name: jo1976
Advantages: Easy to apply, minimal mess, ideal for paper and card
Disadvantages: Not as versatile or as strong as other types of liquid adhesive
As a Mum of three boys, I spend more time than I'd choose to knee-deep in arts and crafts activities, usually thanks to some over-complicated homework project! As I'm not a naturally creative person, I try to keep things as simple as possible and am also conscious of the amount of mess created, particularly as I'm the one who has to clean up afterwards!
When it comes to gluing and sticking, I tend to favour good old Pritt Stick, whenever possible. Pritt Stick is a trusted brand that I remember using during my own childhood and school days and appears to have changed very little over the years. The product is essentially a solidified form of glue, presented in a rigid plastic tube which releases more glue by gently twisting the base of the stick. If too much product is accidentally released, it is simple to twist the base in the opposite direction to pull it back down again.
Pritt Stick is best used for simple paper based activities as it is only really strong enough to cope with sticking paper or thin card. My son used it successfully last night to stick some pictures he'd printed off and some cut out of the Argos college to create a collage for his latest piece of homework. This is the kind of task where Pritt Stick excels as it is so easy to apply, dries quickly and doesn't create any unnecessary mess or hassle. As the Pritt Stick is quite thick and sticky on application, it shows up white on the surface. This makes it easy for younger children to see where they have applied the Pritt Stick and helps with accuracy. As the Pritt Stick doesn't move about like more liquid types of glue, children are also able to reposition pieces if necessary although it isn't possible to really rub away the Pritt Stick from a particular area once applied. Pritt Stick is certainly much easier to contain and far less messy than other types of glue, even if it isn't quite as versatile. I do think the lower age recommendation of three years upwards is an accurate guide as children from this age are more than able to master these little tubes independently. I would even consider allowing my two year old to use the stick, under very close supervision, as it is so simple to apply and the opportunity for mess and disaster is pretty limited.
The Pritt Stick also comes complete with a lid to keep the glue fresh and sticky - something my boys seem to have missed! I did pick up a little tip somewhere along the way, however, about rescuing dried up Pritt Stick. Simply snip off a small section from the top of the glue, with some scissors or a sharp knife, and this should restore the Pritt Stick back to its original glory.
Pritt Stick is a solvent free product, so it is non toxic and there are no worries about kids sniffing glue! That said, I was behind a teenage girl at the till at WHSmith a few months ago. This girl was loaded down with paper, card, scissors and all manner of craft items but the woman at the till refused to sell her any Pritt Stick because she was under 18! I wanted to run after the poor girl and buy the illicit Pritt Stick for her, having visions of her art project languishing uncomplete!
Whilst Pritt Stick is ideal for paper based arts and crafts activities, it isn't strong enough to glue thicker objects together, so won't be suitable to tackle any repairs around the home. The other drawback with this type of glue is that it tends to shrink slightly as it dries, meaning that smaller stuck on patches can sometimes start to peel away in the longer term. For basic collages and pictures, this is more than adequate.
Pritt Stick is widely available from most stationers and homeware shops and comes in a range of sizes, up to a chunky 40g tube. The 10g tube that is currently in my kitchen drawer is more than adequate for our everyday creative needs, particularly as the larger tubes always end up getting lost or squished or snapped, long before they ever run out! The glue is fairly resilient but can be damaged easily, which is the only drawback of this otherwise simple but easy to use design.
The smaller tubes are generally around the £1 - £1.50 mark which I feel is excellent value for such a reliable and long lasting product. Wilkinsons currently have the large 40g tubes on offer for just £1, however, which is a great bargain and ideal for any mammoth arts projects in the pipeline.
There are no various other cheaper brands of glue sticks on the market but I still feel that Pritt Stick is the original and the best and is the one that I shall continue to use for reliable results.
Summary: A simple but easy to apply adhesive for paper and card