Homemade Gak: A Recipe for Fun … but definitely not for eating!

So this isn’t exactly a nutritious recipe idea, but it is a recipe for a super fun, cheap, and sensory-rich summer (or any other season) activity to do with any kid old enough to be trusted not to sneak a taste.

Here’s how it’s done:

Items needed: 8 oz of glue (usually come in 4 oz bottles), 1 tsp Borax (in the laundry detergent section of the store), water, large bowl, cup you don’t mind mixing borax in, food coloring, and a mixing spoon (anything other than wooden to avoid absorption of your creation)

1 – Empty the bottles of glue into the bowl. Then fill the bottles with warm water, shake, and add to the bowl as well.
2 – Add food coloring and mix. We added quite a bit because my son was in charge of squeezing, so we ended up with a really vibrant product!
3 – In a separate cup, mix 1/2 cup warm water with 1 tsp borax and mix until the borax dissolves completely.
4 – Add borax solution to your bowl and mix. You’ll get to see a science experiment in action: first the mixture will turn stringy and then will slowly become more gelatinous. When you can no longer mix with a spoon, or when your kids just can’t wait to get their hands in there, use hands to finish mixing completely. After a little while of kneading and playing with it, the gak will turn into the perfect consistency!
5 – Enjoy and then store in an air tight container to play with later.

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