504 Main by Holly Lefevre: Kid Fun: How to Make GOO
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Friday, June 5, 2015

Kid Fun: How to Make GOO

My daughter's class recently had a financial literacy day at school. My cutie needed a product to sell and she decided on GOO. Every once in awhile I like to tap into my mom's years and years of preschool teaching expertise...and this time it led us to the proper recipe for making GOO. My daughter is loving this ooey gooey creation...and it is pretty darn easy to make! 

Goo, goop, slime whatever you call it, call it fun!

GOO is a fun, slightly slimey feeling, stretchable substance that kids (or adults) can play with for hours and hours and when your done, let it rest and it all goes back together again!
It stretches, bends, molds and goes back together again.
  • 1 teaspoon Borax
  • 1 cup Water  (divided into 1/2 cup)
  • 4 ounces of white glue (NOTE: We made one batch with washable glue...it did not work as well in my opinion).
  • Food coloring
  • 2 bowls (I have some old bowl I purchased at a thrift store that I use for making these science experiment type projects. If they are already in use  - or I just cannot find them- I use my metal bowls)
  • Spoon
  • baggies

Borax, water, glue, and food coloring are all you need to make goo.

  • Mix 1 teaspoon Borax and 1/2 cup water.
Add Borax to Water
  • Mix 4ounces of glue with 1/2 cup water, mix thoroughly.
Add white glue to water
  • Optional: add food coloring to the glue/water mixture. Start with 1-2 drops and add more as needed. Mix together. (NOTE: I tried glitter with the white glue...I thought it would look pretty, it looked like a Kombucha scoby - ick!)
  • Pour the Borax/water mixture into the glue.  mixture, and start stirring.
Stir the ingredients together to combine.

  • It will possibly look clumpy, almost like it is not going to form into a smooth shape.
  • There will be extra water.
  • After stirring, it really works best to use your hand to almost knead the GOO. Do this over the bowl, as water will squeeze out.
  • Lay the GOO in the other (now empty bowl) and let it sit for just a bit. It will smooth out.
  • DO NOT use paper towel on the GOO (yep...I made a mess of my daughters first batch).
There ya have it...a fun little experiment and some GOO to play with all day long!

By the way, this cutie make better GOO than I do!
My daughter makes better Goo than I do.

What is your favorite summer project with the kiddos?
This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre

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