Decorating Glue Characters

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We’ll be having your child “write” a character using glue and then decorating the glue with all manner of things. They can even color/paint over the clear dried glue!



- White glue
- Paper/wax paper/foil
- Coloured pens, paints, markers
- Cut/ripped pieces of paper, pom poms, string, flower petals, leaves, rice, beads, anything that is tiny or that the kids want to use




Once again, the activity is the making so you don’t have to create anything in particular for your child other than providing the materials.



Decorating Glue Characters Activity (age 3+, single person)

1) Have your child “write” a character using white glue. If your child is too young to remember how to write it by themself, you can either provide cards from which they can copy, or write the character very lightly on the page and have them squeeze glue over it. (Note: the glue usually dries clear-ish so write lightly in pencil otherwise the markings will show through.)
2) Once the character is written in glue, have your child stick or decorate the character with whatever they want, however they want.
3) When your child is done, you can wait for the glue to dry clear and then have your child color the dried glue with paint or markers.
4) If you used wax paper or aluminum foil for the backing, you can carefully lift the dried characters from the sheets and add string to hang around the house or use as fancy flash cards. You can also save them as possible Christmas tree decorations! (Wax paper will likely work better because the foil will not unstick well.)

Alternative ideas: If you have enough glue (or even different colored glue), you can experiment with making characters of different sizes. The characters can be VERY BIG or very small and every size in between. This will also teach your children how different dimensions will affect the clarity and legibility of the finished products (as well as how many things they can add to the character as decoration).

Note: If your child is on the younger side, you may even have to write it for them. My ~5 year old refused to write anything and decided to play and create whatever he wanted instead. However, my 8.5 and 6.5 year olds were very excited to write as many hard characters as they could.


I know. It’s a messy craft but I have found my children LOVE messy crafts - especially those that involve dumping out ALL my white glue. If you don’t want to end up with crunchy carpets, I recommend doing this on a tiled or hard floor that is easy to clean. Or outside.

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We know you’re busy and likely have very packed schedules. But did you know that you Sagebooks are slim enough to slip into your purse or bag and bring with you on errands with your kids?

If you can, you can have your kids read or review lessons out loud while you’re driving. If that seems too precarious and you have older kids, you can ask them to check on the accuracy of their younger sibling. Or, you can read these books when you’re waiting at the doctor’s office, in line at the post office, or waiting for a sibling’s activity to end.

There are always pockets of time for you to discover and use on Sagebooks. It doesn’t always have to be reading the sets, either. Many of our previous activities (especially some of the ones that don’t require props, such as Hiding characters in drawings,  Guessing Traced Characters ActivityCharacter Stroke Guessing Game) can be done while on the go, too.

Do you find our tips for Sagebooks useful? Do you wish there were other people going through Sagebooks with you? Join us in our Facebook Group and meet other parents who are teaching their kids Basic Chinese 500 at all different ages and levels.