Friday, August 10, 2012

DIY Slime/Gak

Ohmygosh it is sooo hot here.  I have always loved summer and the heat, especially here in Las Vegas because even though it is 105, you aren't sweating.  Because, of course, "It's a dry heat!"  Yeah.... but then I had kids. And then I realized that playing outside when it is 110 is miserable.  And playing inside with two two-year-olds can also be pretty miserable.

Yesterday, to beat the heat with a fun new indoor activity, I made some homemade gak (slime) that I had pinned a while back.  My little guys are pretty fond of playdough so I thought they would enjoy this one, and they did!  Gak is sort of like playdough but it is smooth and slightly wet feeling.  It oozes and stretches and if you just set it in a ball on the table it will slowly sort of melt until it is flat.  Fun!

This stuff is really easy to make and the cleanup is pretty know I like that!

Gak, found at Brown Paper Packages
2 (4oz) bottles of Elmer's school glue
Warm water
Food coloring
1 tsp borax 

Empty the glue into a medium sized bowl.  Next fill the empty glue bottles with warm tap water.  Gently shake them and then pour the water into the glue.  Add some food coloring and then stir to combine.

In a glass or measuring cup, stir the borax into 1/2 cup of warm tap water until it is dissolved.  When it is, add that to the bowl and begin stirring.  Once it is kind of tough to stir start mixing with your hands.  Keep kneading until it is a nice gooey consistency.  Then play and enjoy!

PS.  This post is linked to Artsy Play Wednesday over at Capri +3, go check out the other great play ideas!

Artsy Play Wednesday with Capri +3


  1. I love all of your son's expressions as he plays with the slime gak. So cute. We will have to try out your recipe. It looks really fun.

    : 0 ) Theresa (Capri + 3)

  2. Thanks! I should have noted that one recipe was plenty for two children to play with so two batches would work great for your four. :)