Gak? Goo? Slime? Say what? Are you looking for something fun and new to do with your little ones? Then homemade goo (aka gak and slime) is for YOU! We hopped on over to Steve Spangler Science and found their awesome recipe for homemade goo! We even created a little printable for you to refer back to, you can download it at the end of this post!
2) Fill the empty glue bottle with water, and pour it into the glue. Mix the two together. If you want to add food coloring (which we love doing) add it to the glue and water mixture now. Our little Owls chose to dye our goo blue.
3) Grab your empty plastic cup. Measure 1/2 cup of warm water and pour it into your cup.
4) Measure 1 tsp of Borax and pour it into your plastic cup filled with hot water. Stir the two together (it is okay if all of the Borax does not dissolve).
5) Now slowly pour the Borax/warm water mixture, into your glue mixture (you may not need to use the entire Borax/water mixture). The glue mixture will start to clump together and get stringy. Use your hands to take the big ball of forming goo and squeeze the water out. It is up to you how sticky you want your goo to be!
6) GO PLAY and experiment!
7) When you are done playing, store your goo in an airtight container to play with again and again!
Some little Toddler Owls are still learning what things can and can not go in their mouths. When we played with our little Toddler Owl, we decided to put our goo in a see-through zip-top plastic bag, and then we taped that bag down to the table.
Our little Toddler Owl enjoyed squishing and poking the goo. This activity is a great time to introduce fun sounds to your little one and to encourage verbal imitation which is a fancy word for “I talk, you talk.” You can also target other vocabulary such as “squish”, “goo”, “squeeze”, “push” and more! Make it fun! The sillier you are, the better!
Preschool Owls love to simply play, cut, and touch goo! We had our Preschool and Elementary Owls use play dough tools to cut, mold, and try new things with their goo. Which helps with their fine motor skills and exercises their imagination. You can even encourage descriptive words when you ask your young one how the goo “feels” between their fingers. This activity is just a fun, open-ended play-time for these little Owls. In fact, our little Preschool and Elementary Owls played with this new batch of goo for over an hour!
When you are done playing, have your Preschool Owl draw a picture of what they did with their goo and make up a story about the picture. We had our little Preschool Owl shape her goo into a ball and see if it bounced (note: she had hot pink clear sparkle glitter goo). At the end of our activity, she drew a picture of her ball. It was a great way to review her shapes!
Our Elementary Owl, also liked playing and squishing the goo. He liked trying new things with the goo. Did his bounce? Did it ooze off of the table into a bowl below? Our Elementary Owl, practiced shapes by using play dough scissors to cut shapes into his goo. Elementary Owls can even record how high the “goo” balls bounce! The endings to this play scheme is endless.. that’s why we always encourage open-ended play!
After playing, have your Elementary Owl write down their “goo”bservations. Ask them to write a sentence or two (depending upon their age) about their goo experience. This is a great way to practice site words and spelling. Also have them also draw a picture of their various “goo”bservations. For older Elementary Owls, they could even create a short story about their goo! The possibilities are endless!
Add little toys, numbers or shapes and play “I spy!” There are so many different things that YOU can do with GOO! What would you do?
First, we have found that when you use white liquid glue, that your goo will be very stretchy and smooth. Next time, change it up and use clear glue (or in our case, clear glue with glitter in it)! With clear glue goo (try saying that ten times fast!), roll it into small balls and watch them bounce!
Or if your little one needs sensory input during homework or reading time, let them squeeze a ball of the clear glue goo, because the clear glue goo is very similar to a little stress relief ball.
Always remember to have fun…and with goo, that is pretty easy to do! We also made a downloadable PDF recipe of the GOO for you HERE. Enjoy!