Story-Inspired Glue Dot Activity

Glue activities give kids practice controlling their glue bottles. They’re also great for strengthening little hands and improving fine motor skills in general. Here we’re sharing a special, story-inspired glue dot practice activity.

glue practice sheet

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Books for Glue Dot Practice

I never taught kindergarten. Even when I taught fifth grade, though, some of my students needed a reminder not to overdo their glue. Some years we just used glue sticks instead – but you know those never last. I really like a good ol’ bottle of glue better.

The entertaining story Too Much Glue (affiliate) by Jason Lefebvre, with lively illustrations by Zac Retz, is popular for introducing younger students to glue use. It’s about a boy who squeezes out “a gluey lake” and makes a huge, hilarious mess. It makes for an engaging opening to a lesson on how to use glue.

When it’s time for additional practice, though, I have a fresh story suggestion.

We love the classic early reader Put Me in the Zoo (affiliate) by Robert Lopshire. It’s about an animal with magical spots. He sees how well the animals in the zoo are treated, and wants to be put there too. He shows off all the fanciful things he can do with his spots – change their colors, juggle them, and even “make them fly.”


To go with the story, we made a cute printable that kids can add glue dots to. You can use regular glue, colored glue, or have fun with glitter glue. The idea is to get those little hands working the glue bottles well.

How to Download

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My testers here at home gave it a big thumbs up. Good thing it’s back to school time and glue is on sale – I may have to pick up some more soon!


If you love this glue activity page, you may also want to buy a set of our Glue Dot Letter Worksheets. The printable pack includes all 26 letters (uppercase and lowercase), plus 4 pre-primer sight words. You can click on the link or picture to purchase it from my Teacher’s Pay Teachers store.


glue dot letter worksheets


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