Working with kids and glass
I teach Kindergarten in Seattle. I have slowly introduced glass fusing to my classes over the last three years. The first project we did I cut glass squares and they stacked them up. Then I fully fused them and put magnets on the back. I did all of the cutting. Each square was progressivly smaller.
Then I got brave and smashed a bunch of scrap glass, gave each child a clear base. They used tweezers to pick up the glass and move it to the clear base. I put a clear slide on top and high fire wire between the two clear pieces so when fused it would be a sun catcher.
I cut all kinds of different small shapes. Each child picked a different color base that was about 3 inches by 5 inches. Then they used the small scrap pieces to add eyes, a mouth, hair, a nose, etc. They made a bunch of faces.
This year I plan to do the above and have them make keychains.
Kids LOVE glass fusing. It is magical. The biggest hurdle for me was that I needed to have all the glass cut and cleaned before I introduce it to the kids. They use tweezers to pick up the glass pieces. That took care of the fingerprints and made it safer for them.