Quick and Easy Gak!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Anyone remember Gak! growing up?  It was gooey, squishy, slimy and a blast to play with!


This super easy recipe will have your kids and you playing in no time.  Ready, here goes!


Supplies

1 bottle of glue (we used Rose Art Washable Glue or Elmer's would work, too)
1/2 teaspoon Borax (found in the laundry detergent aisle )
1/4 cup warm water
Food Coloring (we used bright neon coloring)
Bowl
Spoon
Glitter (optional)
 **You may need to double if more than 1 child**

Directions

Empty entire bottle of glue into a bowl.


Fill the empty glue bottle with warm water and add to the bowl of glue.


Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of Borax in 1/4 cup of warm water and set aside.  (We initially were going to make 2 batches hence the 1 tsp. and 1/2 cup measures, but Abby decided she just wanted a blue batch.)


Next, add the desired amount of food coloring and stir mixture.


Slowly, add the Borax mixture to the glue mixture and stir.


You will notice the texture begins to become stringy and thick, eventually resembling gelatin.  At this point, you will want to knead the Gak with your hands.


We added a dusting of pink glitter and it was ready for play!

 
For more creative play, add alphabet and shape cutters and watch your kids enjoy HOURS of FUN! 

Ever tried Sidewalk Paint?  It's easy and inexpensive!

22 comments:

  1. My daughter Loves homemade Gak! I need to make it for her again. These Gak photos are awesome! Pinning :)

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    1. I love easy, fast and inexpensive activities like this. In less than 5 minutes, Abby had hours of fun. Thanks for pinning & stopping by!

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  2. Cool my kids would love this. Thank you!

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  3. Shut up!! I loved Gak as a kid!!! I cannot wait to try this when my kiddo is a little older! Pinning! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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    1. Haha! Yeah it's pretty neat and so easy. Thanks for pinning!

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  4. We tried this earlier this year and LOVED it. I was glad it stayed fresh for a long time (didn't know how long to expect it to stay good), so we got a ton of use out of it. I like the suggestion of adding alphabet and shape cutters to extend the fun!

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    1. Abby has played with it non stop all week!
      She's taken it outside, dropped it in the grass, made tree prints, etc and it's still going strong. :-)

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  5. I think this is what my son has been talking about from school. Looks like something we need to work on. Hope you come by and share this on our #kidsinthekitchen linky http://lookwhatmomfound.com/2013/05/kids-chore-chart-kidsinthekitchen-printable.html

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    1. I'd love to, Melinda! It's probably the easiest thing I've made and has been tons of fun! Heading over now..

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  6. I linked to kids in the kitchen with a GAK recipe today, too! My daughter made it for science fair. It has provided a lot of enjoyment since, too. How fun!

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    1. Hasn't it, though! So amazing how something simple could be so much fun.

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  7. OH FUN! This is DEFINITELY getting added to our summer fun list!

    Thanks!

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  8. I love playing with play doh and gak almost more than my son does. I will have to try this. Looks like so much fun.

    Thanks for linking up at Artsy Play Wednesday. Pinned to our group board.

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    1. Haha, I know what you mean, I love it too! Thanks for the pin!

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  9. A perfect project for bored kids over the summer holidays. Thanks for sharing at For the Kids Fridays over at SunScholars. I am featuring you at this week's link party!!

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    1. Wow! What an honor, Rachel. Thank so much!

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  10. So awesome!! Thank you for sharing it at the Kids CoOp. I'll be featuring this post as part of my Extraordinary Play Dough roundup. xo Pauline

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  11. Thank you, Pauline! I look forward to reading your roundup list!

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  12. Hi,

    I have checked borax on the internet and I did not like what I found. Are you sure it is ok to use with kids? Cheers.

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    1. Hi Peter and thanks for your comment. I have also read up on Borax and what you find are many mixed opinions. Ultimately, you must make the best informed decision for your family. From what I have gathered, Borax is Boron, a naturally occurring mineral made up of salt deposits from lakes. It is not to be confused with Boric Acid and many times the terms are used interchangeably which causes confusion and concern. I would suggest children be watched closely under adult supervision so they do not rub their eyes or injest the substance and of course wash their hands after playing. If you are still concerned, another option would be liquid starch which acts in the same way.

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