Best Glue Sticks for 2023

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School supplies evolve and improve over time, but nothing can replace the simplicity of glue sticks. From the youngest age, children use these simple tools for class projects and other jobs. When picking glue sticks, consider the size needed and the amount – these wonderful little sticks don’t last forever. Here are our recommendations.

Elmer's GLue Sticks

Did you know Elmer’s Glue was first introduced by the Borden Company back in 1947? What does a dairy have to do with glue? Back in the early 20th century, Borden was more of a conglomerate than a dairy company. While Borden didn’t patent glue, the brand Elmer’s has became synonymous with the product. This purple formula was developed so that kids can see where they’ve applied the glue. The formula is washable and nontoxic.

Buy Now: Elmer’s Disappearing Purple School Glue Sticks

Pritt Glue Stick

The chemical company Henkel gets the credit for inventing the world’s first glue stick product back in 1969. Its Pritt brand has some more than 1 billion sticks in 121 countries since then. Pritt’s stick has a lower water content than competing models, making it longer-lasting and wrinkle-resistant.

Buy Now: Pritt Glue Stick, Safe & Child-Friendly Craft Glue for Arts & Crafts Activities

gorilla kids stick

It’s hard to ignore the Gorilla Glue brand – “It’s gorilla strong!” – with its cute packaging and catchy tagline, but don’t underestimate its effectiveness. The unique formula that Gorilla uses was first discovered in Indonesia where it was often used on furniture. It bonds quickly on paper, wood, fabric felt, plastic and more.

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amazon basics glue stick

The use of glue dates back to the prehistoric era when the bark of a birch tree was used as an adhesive. Glue made from animals was more common in Ancient Egypt. Fully synthetic glues didn’t arrive until the 1930s. This four-pack of glue sticks from Amazon Basics applies as purple but dries clear. It’s non-toxic formula is perfect for classroom and home use.

Buy Now: Amazon Basics Purple Washable School Glue Sticks

Avery glue sticks

This six-pack of glue sticks is a great value, offering more ounces of the product for the price than most of the competition. When you’re dealing with a school-aged kid with projects, those pennies add up fast. It has classic white glue that is certified non-toxic.

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