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Painting with glue and a toothpick

Emma paints with glue

Apparently remembering the time I let her add food coloring to her gobs of glue nearly a year ago, Emma requested that I allow her to paint with glue. So, we added some yellow food coloring to the glue and she set to work painting with a toothpick.

Johnny got in on the action too:

Johnny paints with glue

Aren’t their finished masterpieces beautiful? Emma’s joyful sun rays:

Emma glue picture

And Johnny’s untitled yet equally dramatic work:

Johnny glue picture

MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

13 thoughts on “Painting with glue and a toothpick”

  1. I really have to let Matthew do this sometime! I love that this made such an impression that she just had to do it again. It looks like they were really into it!
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  2. this is interesting… i would have never thought to pair up glue and food coloring… sounds fun!
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  3. So pretty! I think Johnny’s end result looks like a donkey :)
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  4. Elisa | blissfulE

    These are great! I love how your smart ideas are coming back for more fun. :)
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  5. jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa

    I really enjoy your blog. It feels like our home! Natural learning and hands-on creativity. :)
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    1. @stephanie – mustard is a great edible paint option, and I bet it would look similar! If you’re lucky, it’ll even teach Sam to not eat paint =)

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