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Big News for Little Hands!

Working with early childhood education experts and moms, we designed the Elmer's Early Learners line specifically for little hands. Keep reading to see all the ways our new Glue Stick and Glue Pen can help your child benefit from fun arts & crafts projects.

Help kids master new skills with the Early Learners™ Glue Stick and Glue Pen!

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Early Learners Academy

Working with early childhood education experts, we designed the Elmer's Early Learners line specifically for little hands. Keep reading to see all the ways our new Glue Stick and Glue Pen can help your child benefit from fun arts & crafts projects.

Putting your young artists in control

Your child's art project is a personal expression of creativity and imagination. Offer as much support and assistance as they need, but let your child be in charge of making choices about the artwork. Early Learners Glue Sticks and Glue Pens help your child gain control, too — with a unique triangular shape that's perfect for little hands.

"The easy to use caps on the glue stick and glue pen make it easy for your child to become independent in using them." Jane Case-Smith, Ed.D, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA

Building confidence and creativity

When kids begin a new art project, it's all about imagination and endless possibilities. Let them have fun exploring, but also encourage them to follow their ideas through to completion. The sense of accomplishment will make them eager to try new projects and build new skills. Early Learners Glue Sticks and Glue Pens help them get great results while working independently.

Developing fine motor skills

As young kids improve their dexterity, you see them progress from holding objects in a clenched fist to using their fingers. Early Learners Glue Sticks and Glue Pens are designed to encourage proper writing grip. And it's easy for your child to see where she's gluing, since the glue goes on purple and dries clear.

"You can promote fine motor skills development by modeling how to make a cross or an X. Children who learn to make a diagonal line are prepared to begin making letters, many of which use a diagonal line." Jane Case-Smith, Ed.D, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA

Track your preschooler's development

Use this handy checklist of the skills your preschooler should be working toward before starting kindergarten.

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Learning new skills
is easy and fun!

Crumple and Glue Print this project
1 Guide your child in dipping the bottom of a plastic drink bottle in colorful paint and then on a sheet of paper several times to decorate the paper.
2 Have your child cut two eye shapes from paper and use Elmer's Early Learners Washable Glue Pen to attach each cutout inside a cupcake liner.
3 Next, have your child scrunch and shape foil to make alien details, such as antennae, a mouth, and feet. Use Elmer's Early Learners Washable Glue Pen to attach the eyes and foil details to the painted paper.
Crumply and Glue project

Note

The pliable nature of
aluminum foil encourages
fine-motor development.

Cut and Glue Print this project
1 Have your child sponge-paint the center of a paper plate.
2 Have your child use scissors to snip the outer edge of the paper plate. Then show him or her how to gently bend forward each cut section.
3 Next, have your child tear leaf shapes from construction paper and use Elmer’s Early Learners Washable Glue Pen to attach the leaves to a paper stem.Then have your child use the Glue Pen to attach the paper stem to the plate.
Cut and Glue project

Note

Making single snips on stiff paper
builds strength and prepares children
for more advanced cutting skills.

Fold and Glue Print this project
1 Guide your child in dipping a potato masher in paint and then on a sheet of construction paper several times to decorate the paper.
2 When the paint is dry, help your child fold the paper lengthwise two or more times and glue the layers of paper together with Elmer’s Early Learners Washable Glue Stick.
3 Help your child accordion-fold the paper. Then, use Elmer’s Early Learners Washable Glue Stick to attach construction paper details, such as feelers and eyes.
Fold and Glue project

Note

Grasping and folding develop tiny hand
muscles, preparing children for holding
and manipulating pencils.

Squeeze and Glue Print this project
1 Start by having your child spoon tinted water onto a plain paper towel.
2 When the paper towel is dry, cut it into four sections. Make the butterflies by bunching the center of a towel section and then securing the gathers with a twist tie.
3 To make a window display, have your child use Elmer’s Early Learners Washable Glue Pen to attach a construction paper border to the sheet of waxed paper. Then use the Glue Pen to attach the butterflies to the waxed paper.
Squeeze and Glue project

Note

Delicate fine-motor movements—such as
bunching, squeezing, and twisting –
improve concentration.

Tear and Glue Print this project
1 Tear a sheet of foil that more than covers the paper plate. Have your child gently crumple the foil; then help straighten and flatten the foil.
2 Squeeze or spread colorful paint on the plate. Cover the plate with the foil and have your child move the rolling pin back and forth on the foil to spread the paint and flatten the plate. Remove the foil.
3 Help your child trace a wooden spoon onto paper and cut around the outline. Use Elmer’s Early Learners Washable Glue Pen to attach the cutout and additional cut and torn paper details to the project.
Tear and Glue project

Note

Using a rolling pin improves
eye-hand coordination and
strengthens wrist muscles.

Trace and Glue Print this project
1 Show your child how to trace shapes onto the construction paper. Talk about the different shapes and sizes as your child works.
2 Help your child cut out the tracings. Have your child use Elmer’s Early Learners Washable Glue Stick to attach the cut pieces to a larger sheet of paper to make a picture or design.
Trace and Glue project

Note

When a child cuts with scissors, he or she
is working the muscles that are used to grip
and guide a pencil. draw and write.
Early Learners®
Glue Pen 1.3 oz
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Glue Stick 22g
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