Sensory activities provide children an avenue for learning. Happyimagination guides young children to enjoy the process of art making.
Young children learn best when given the opportunity to explore materials at their own pace and fashion (with guidance and supervision of course). It is not easy to explain the purpose of using glue to very young children. Learning how to use a glue stick is an activity on its own. A simple task of gluing something onto a piece of paper may seem to be easy for us, however this 2-step instruction (1. rub glue on paper, and 2. stick object onto paper) for young children requires assistance. It is okay for children to touch the glue and to feel the stickiness between the thumb and fingers. Some children choose to remove or pull out the objects that have just been glued onto to their art work. All of this will help them associate the “stickiness” to glue at a given point, and most importantly this is all part of the learning process.
At this age, children are enjoying the sensory experience of rubbing glue onto paper or any surface. The smooth gooey texture allows children to move their hand and arm freely in various directions. The more muscle control children develop in their little hands, the easier it is to handle, grip, and to work with art materials (using a paint brush, coloring with crayons, peeling stickers, stamping…). Do keep in mind that children vary in developmental skills. Some may be more advanced with gross motor skills, while others are with fine motor skills. As you know, children will surprise you everyday with the little things that they do. Enjoy every moment of it!