YES! Paste / BEST! Paste

If you work with kids and don’t already know about YES! Paste, you need to. YES! Paste puts your tra­di­tional glue stick to shame. How many times have you used a glue stick to attach some­thing, only to have it pop off a few days later?? Or maybe you’ve tried mount­ing art with a glue stick and then had it refuse to lay flat even after being pressed under a stack of books?? Well, both have hap­pened to me (more than once) and as a result, I’m now “stuck” on YES! Paste.

YES! Paste is an all-purpose glue with some great fea­tures when it comes to work­ing with kids. First of all, it’s non-toxic and safe for kids. It can be used on paper, leather, cloth, tin, wood, glass, metal and more, and it cleans up with water. It sets slowly, which allows you to slide some­thing around til you have it exactly where you want it. Best of all, it won’t curl, buckle or pop off when it dries, which is espe­cially impor­tant when mount­ing art­work to hang in a show. YES! Paste is per­ma­nently flex­i­ble, mak­ing it great for book­bind­ing, col­lage, and card mak­ing. There’s been some debate among pro­fes­sional artists about the archival qual­ity of YES! Paste, but for use with kids’ art that’s usu­ally not a concern.

Out of the jar, YES! Paste is about the con­sis­tency of cream cheese, but I like to dilute mine a lit­tle to make it more spread­able. I add about a table­spoon of water per cup of paste and mix it with a fork, mak­ing it more the con­sis­tency of yogurt or sour cream. After dilut­ing, I use a 1″ foam brush to spread or dab it where needed. (Note: You could com­pro­mise the “stick-flat” qual­ity of YES! Paste when you dilute it, so con­sider the weight of the paper you’ll be glu­ing with it before you add any water.)

For quick touch ups, YES! Paste can’t com­pete with the con­ve­nience of keep­ing a glue stick in your desk, but once you try it for larger projects, you’ll be hooked! It comes in pint, quart or gal­lon con­tain­ers. A lit­tle goes a long way, so although it may seem like a big­ger invest­ment than a class set of glue sticks, just wait til you see how much longer it lasts!


6 Responses to YES! Paste / BEST! Paste

  1. Sheila July 26, 2009 at 12:51 am #

    Where did you find Yes Paste?
    Any Craft Store, Retail Store or School Sup­plies Store?

  2. TeachKidsArt July 26, 2009 at 9:01 am #

    Any art store will for sure have it and some craft stores may carry it as well. You could always order it online through a place like if you can’t find it locally.

  3. Faige July 29, 2009 at 6:24 am #

    How sim­i­lar is yes paste to the old time pastes that I used to use with my preschool­ers 20 years ago. and do you find that kids like to use this with their fin­gers.
    I know with glue they spend lots of time peel­ing dried glue off of their fingers

  4. TeachKidsArt July 29, 2009 at 8:51 am #

    YES! Paste has been around for a very, very long time, so it’s pos­si­ble that it could be what you used, but because it’s gen­er­ally thought of as being “artist qual­ity”, it prob­a­bly wasn’t the same stuff. I sup­pose you could have younger kids use it with their fin­gers, but I usu­ally have them use a stiff brush or a pop­si­cle stick to spread it. It’s VERY sticky, so you would need to have them wash well with soap and water afterward.

  5. Mrs. Skojec February 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    I just bought YES! Paste for a school auc­tion project because we wanted it to be nice. Boy, is it nice! I love it!

    Do you take some out of the jar and stir it, though? I just got a brush and used it straight from the jar. I even used my fin­gers a bit since I was work­ing with some­one else and some­what impa­tient. Cleaned right up.

  6. TeachKidsArt February 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    Mostly I just use it straight from the jar with an inex­pen­sive stiff bris­tled brush, but some­times I’ll add a small amount of water if I need it to be more spread­able. I haven’t found any­thing better!!

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