My daughter, just like most preschoolers, loves any activity that involves cutting, tearing and sticking. This can keep her busy for long hours and I get to complete my chores while she is at it. The only problem is that she cannot be left unsupervised, because while playing with the glue, kids generally have a tendency to put their fingers in their mouth and that’s dangerous.
I remember when I was a kid my mom would make glue at home (we would tear unwritten pages from our used books and make a new book using this glue). I tried making the same at home and also tried it to stick on different materials. I found that it really works well on paper as well as straw, ice-cream sticks, buttons. As expected it didn’t work on metal and plastic.
The only catch is that this glue takes a little longer to dry than the regular ones available in the shops.
How to make it
You will need : 1/2 cup refined flour(maida), 3/4 cup water, 4 tbs powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp vinegar(optional)
First mix the flour and sugar.
To this mixture add water slowly. Stir intermittently and break all the lumps.
Once all the water is added and the mixture is lump free then add the vinegar. Vinegar is a preservative and if you intend to make a new batch every week then you need not add it.
Put this mixture on a stove and cook on low heat till it becomes a sticky and thick.
Let it cool and transfer it to an airtight container.
I put it in a small squeezee ketchup like bottle so it easy for the lil one to use – just squeeze and spread and this lasts for about a month when kept in the fridge.