Since several were worried about the whole hot glue gun thing I figured I’d show you how they did.
Here are the ground rules:
1. No silliness, that’s an important one for safety.
2. You have to ask before getting it out. Many of our craft supplies they have free rein with, but these like paints and sharpies need permission first.
3. Unplug it when you are done, this is also a safety issue.
4. New one added in after last experience: put away all of what you used. Last time they did not properly put away their craft supplies.
Why did I do this? They’ve shown the maturity and readiness to use it. They know how to act with various craft materials because I’ve let them have lots of access to them. I did not give them a high temp one that would definitely burn them, but this one cools down within 5 seconds to a touchable level. We talked through a lot of safety issues, and now they know how to use it properly.
Would I trust every 6 year old or 5 year old with a hot glue gun? That’s a big NO, but my kids were ready.
And as a side note, I will be buying a large number of popsicle sticks very soon.