To Glue or Not to Glue?

Another guest article for What To Do With The KidsIt may seem like today’s world is dominated by technology, with kids and adults alike glued to their smartphones or tablets, but arts and crafts are still a fantastic medium for children to have fun while at the same time learning valuable lessons and skills.  Arts and crafts can help kids to express their creativity, whilst developing practical skills, such as sewing, that they can take forward.

Arts and crafts is a wide church, one that encompasses a whole range of activities and materials, from making a simple coffee filter flower to customizing items of clothing.  One of the key considerations when running an arts and crafts activity for children is the choice of materials, specifically, the perennial choice between using craft glue or sewing stitches when it comes to joining or fastening.  

Craft Glue

Craft glue itself comes in a variety of strengths and guises, from bottled PVA to glue guns that can be used to seal a joint between fabrics. Despite its disarmingly aggressive name, most glue guns use low-temperature glue sticks and are perfectly safe, making them the preferred option for many arts and crafts activities.  They can be used for everything from adding sequins to a cardigan, to sealing the seams on a home-made sock puppet. Glue guns and craft glue in general, are particularly valuable when working with groups or classes of children, because they don’t require the same level of supervision as a sewing machine or needle.


Sometimes, however, there are arts and crafts projects that require stitches, and in fact sewing is a valuable life skill that kids can take away from arts and crafts.  A project such as customizing a cardigan, jumper or jacket can be completed using craft glue, and that’s fine if the item is for occasional wear.  However, if the item is for regular wearing, and will subsequently require regular washing, then craft glue won’t cut the deal – it needs to be stitched.  Of course, this kind of project is more suitable for small groups or one-to-one projects, as the supervision and teaching required of a sewing machine or needle is more significant than when they’re using glue.

The key element to any arts and crafts project is fun, so that the children enjoy themselves, and develop the freedom to express themselves creatively and confidently. Choosing the materials is an important part of providing the platform for their creativity to flourish in a safe environment, so plan ahead, depending on the nature of the project, and the amount of children involved.


Sally Perkins is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and travelling as much as possible.


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