Product Type: Pritt household products
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The Glue That Held My Childhood Together
Member Name: charby
Date: 11/10/12, updated on 13/10/12 (101 review reads)
Advantages: Good glue for children, good price
Disadvantages: Not as strong as other glues
I've been writing quite a few nostalgia-inspiring reviews recently. Most of these have been of expansion packs of the original series of The Sims, but there are another few objects here and there that take me back. This shall be another one of that ilk, as the item that I am reviewing today is one that I used to use quite a lot in my childhood: Pritt Stick.
== Pritt Stick ==
Pritt Stick is a small glue stick mainly used by children for attaching paper and other things to other bits of paper. I remember using it for sticking in maps in Geography exercise books or for attaching glitter and the like to pictures, as well as a whole host of uses aside, I'm sure. They do say that smell is the sense that most invokes memory, and while my memory is usually appalling and I can barely remember what I did yesterday, I can still vividly remember the slightly artificial scent of Pritt Stick from my formative years. While other similar glue sticks were doubtless available, everyone in my class seemed to have Pritt Stick every year and so this is the one that is most memorable to me.
Pritt Stick is very simple to use. It is a solid block of glue that comes in a plastic tube. You turn the black section at the bottom to turn the glue round and up until some of it pokes above the plastic casing (make sure to take the lid off first for obvious reasons. You then use it by rubbing it on whatever you want to stick something to, which leaves behind a slightly white or clear trace of glue. When you're done, you then wind the glue back down the other way and that's that.
== What I Thought ==
As I said, this was the glue of choice while I was a child. I'm not a parent and so how child safe items are is not one of my concerns, but I would say the fact that they were so widely used in schools when I was younger is a sign that they are safe for children to use. The glue is not strong and while the smell is nice, it's not toxic and nothing that anyone would ever sniff to get high, so there's nothing to worry about there.
Although it's not as strong as superglue, Pritt Stick is certainly strong enough for its purpose. It's great for sticking paper to paper and rarely needs to be re-used, unless you don't put enough on in the first place, of course. It's also handy to adding glitter or small stars to paper, but you need to be careful that you don't add too much and leave unattractive white traces of glue behind, which would spoil the effect somewhat.
== Conclusion ==
This is a great little glue stick that really takes me back. It's handy for kids at school and at home, but I imagine a lot of adults would have a use for it as well (although I currently can't think of what I would use it for). They're also a good value product as a pack of four can be bought for £2.34 on Amazon, as if memory serves, each stick lasts a reasonable length of time and a pack of four would probably do a child a couple of terms at school. Of course this depends on their age and how often they use it, but at under 60p each, they could go through one a week and it wouldn't add up to a major monthly expense. In short, this is a great and iconic glue sticks.
Summary: A great glue stick especially for children at school