With Term 1 of the school year underway, no doubt most families have gathered items to fulfil booklist requirements. The school supply shelves are fully stocked but what about at home?
Homemade glue is easy to make and safe for children – especially if they’re at an age when exploration of new materials usually means tasting them.
We tried out a glue recipe from pagingfunmums.com. We then used it to create some creatures out of leaves, twigs and flowers collected from around the premises.
- ½ cup cornflour
- 1½ teaspoons white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups hot water
Step 1: Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and mix well with a whisk.
Step 2: Bring the mixture to the boil over a medium heat while still stirring with a whisk. The mixture will start to thicken and turn translucent (a definite colour change).
Step 3: When the mixture turns translucent take it off the heat to cool. Once cool, it’s ready to use.
The glue can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
The glue will cool to a jelly-like consistency – just remove the amount required, add a little hot water and stir to return it to a paste.