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School Glue is Too Fast For Us….

4 Jun

OK. So eventually you have to let little kids use elmer’s (or other brand) white glue in the squeezy bottle, right?   Child cannot glue with gluesticks alone…

BUT the problem with anything that isn’t a complete solid and it’s interaction with younger kids, is that the combination of boundless enthusiasm combined with the sheer joy of “more” usually leads to a puddle of glue that frequently drowns whatever they were trying to glue and if on paper, can form a soggy, rippy, drippy mess…

For kids who will only sit and glue for a little while I have a suggestion… I tried this on a whim yesterday and so far so good…

Try putting your squeezy bottle of white school glue in the fridge- even 30 minutes works… I may start storing one in there to see how it “keeps” over time…

The cold thickens the consistency of the glue just enough that, when squeezed, it comes out slowly…

This effect seems to wear off (keep in mind we live in Florida and it is hot hot hot here) after a short while (I stopped trying it after 20 minutes because not only do I have a 4 year old, I have the attention span of one…) but lasts long enough that junior can glue a little bit without needing triple tarp protection and the vigilant hovering of the mama….

Snow in Florida

15 Mar

Snow in Florida

Originally uploaded by CleverGirlBek

Ok. So boy is finally getting big guy furniture in his room… We chose steel shelving and avoided fiberboard type stuff just in case there is more to this offgassing thing… Hey, I’m uber-sensitive to new carpets and such, so we figured we’d give it the benefit of the doubt…

Anyway, baldguy was supposed to put shelves together last night. A dear friend we haven’t spoken to in forever called right as hubby was asking for the copy of the directions, so hubby took the phone and I put most of a unit together… My body is not happy with this decision today…

I figured that since I was inside a steel shelving unit screwing things together, hubby would keep track of boy…

Well, I peek out of shelves and see snow. Forget chemicals and offgassing worries about the furniture. Boy shredded about 5 cubic feet of styrofoam into a blizzard.

And you know what a bitch that stuff is to clean up.

Grrrrr.

Well, baldguy did clean it up…At least he cleaned up the stuff in the kitchen- of course when told to help boyo took off with a whirlwind of teensy white styrofoam balls swirling around so now they really are everywhere.

Ugh.

And I’m still feeling pretty lousy from 1. the contrast and barium from my test 2. my back is worse than ever from lifting stuff because otherwise boy will be in college before it gets done (and it not getting done will get blamed right back on me for some stupid reason…grrrrr) and 3. hubby dropped a 30lb steel shelf on my hand when he was “helping” last night… oh yeah, and I almost forgot (ha. ha.) boyo did ok at school this week, but not so good at home… Lots and lots of full blown freak-out tantrums. Typically late at night, but not night terrors…. His naps are off, so his sleep is off, and I’m moving stuff around which he doesn’t do well with (not big on the change thing, it seems)…. So I have also been blessed with a giant headache and I’m more exhausted than ever….

Going to go put a bag together for goodwill…. Hope everyone is doing well today…

*hugs*
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