How to Use a Hot Glue Gun for Kids

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How to Use a Hot Glue Gun for Kids
Glue gun temperatures can vary from very hot to ultra low temperatures for children to use. (Hot glue gun isolated image by Marek Kosmal from

Hot glue guns are often used when making crafts yet they can reach high temperatures. Children need to take special care when using a hot glue gun so they don't burn themselves. Lower temperature glue guns allow children to use them for their arts and craft projects, providing them have proper adult supervision. The temperatures of these lower temperature glue guns vary and you can purchase one according to the age and experience of the child.

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    Get a mini low temperature glue gun or an ultra low temp CoolTool glue gun. Always supervise your child when she is using a glue gun. The ultra low temperature gun heats up to about 79.4 degrees C, the low temperature glue gun can range from 121 degrees C and the high temperature glue gun heats up to 193 degrees C.

    The ultra low temperature glue gun is promoted not to cause burns and you can find it in cordless model that runs on AA batteries at the craft store for kids ages 8 and up. Plug in the glue gun and place on a non-flammable surface as the glue can get pretty hot and drip out the end. Put it on a piece of cardboard near your project.

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    Get some low temperature glue sticks made specifically for the glue gun you have. Place an extra glue stick or two by the gun to use. Place a third glue stick into the gun while it is heating up. To check if it's hot enough, simply pull the trigger of the gun. If glue comes out easily, the gun is ready. If it's not yet ready, wait a few more minutes to allow it to heat up further.

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    Protect children's sensitive skin by having them wear gloves made out of leather or heat-resistant materials. Buy dual temperature guns so you can change the temperature when you are using it. Again, be sure the child is supervised. Buy glue in colours or containing glitter, depending on the project you wish to complete.

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