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Friday, May 18, 2012

{oh, what do you do in the summertime} featured guest: lil' luna

Hi there! Kristyn from Lil' Luna here!! I'm SO excited to be here on Kierste's awesome blog today - I just LOVE the girl!! 

With it being Summer here in AZ, things are getting pretty HOT, and the kids aren't as excited to play outside, so I thought it would be fun to make Homemade Gak (It's something I made all the time with my cousin growing up!) The recipe that was most similar to the one I used growing up if one I found HERE. It is so EASY and literally takes 2 minutes to make, but has provided HOURS (and I'm not even joking!), HOURS of entertainment!! Every day, for a week now, the kids have played with this gak for at least an hour each day. I've pulled out plastic cookie cutters and they go to town, and guess what?! I LOVE it!! It's hardly any mess!!


 Here is how you can make Homemade GAK as well!


- TWO 4 oz. bottles of Elmer's Glue - 1 tsp. Borax (found in the laundry detergent section of the store) - Water - Plastic Cup - Bowl


1. Gather all your supplies together.

2. Begin by emptying the two bottles of glue into a bowl. Then fill bottles with warm water and shake. Empty into your bowl.

3. Add some food coloring. I got Betty Crocker Neon Gel Food Colors and they worked FAB!! The Neon made it look awesome, but I ended up squeezing almost half the tube into the mixture because I wanted it to be really bright. :) Set aside.

4. Add 1/2 cup warm water to your cup. Add 1 tsp. borax to the water and mix until borax dissolves. Then pour this into your glue bowl. Start stirring and you will notice how it starts becoming stringy. Keep mixing by using your hands and squishing around. You will notice after a few minutes that it has become pretty gelatinous.

5. Let the kids play with it for a bit and it will become the perfect GOOEY consistency!


So fun and so easy!! We have also made purple since and have pink gak in the line-up! This is seriously the best homemade craft/project I've done with the kids in a long time. It doesn't smell and get all over like other gooey substances and it's so fun to play with! PLUS, it is super cheap to make! Gotta love cheap entertainment! ;) Be sure to come on over to Lil' Luna for more fun projects! ENJOY!


Thank you so much, Miss Kristyn!  What a fun idea, and I LOVE that it's not a mess! Mom confession:  I rarely let my kids play with playdough because of all those little bits that get everywhere, but Gak is most definitely now on our summer list!



Blogger Angela said...

That is what I have been looking for!!!! No mess fun!!!! Perfect.

May 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger ReAlex said...

I'm on my way to the store NOW!! I think I may be more excited then my daughter LoL

May 18, 2012 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

You don't want to use this with kids unless you have the kids wear gloves as borax is a carcinogen.

May 18, 2012 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger lilsismcd said...


May 20, 2012 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Aubry said...

Found this article to be helpful for anyone concerned about using borax: As far as I gather, just don't let kids eat the stuff and they should be fine

May 21, 2012 at 12:04 AM  
Blogger Tracie said...

Made some last night for my grandson...but my 21 year old son came over and remembered me making this for him when he was a child and how much fun he he took it! :) So when I got home from work this afternoon I made another green one (for my grandson) and a pink one for my granddaughter! I picked up some containers at Target's $ spot Toy Story and Hello Kitty to put them in. I know they will have hours of fun with it!! Thank you soooo much for the recipe! I believe this one is better than the one I used years ago! I also picked up Star Ice Cube trays in the $ spot to melt crayons and mold them into stars for them, some fun mixed colored ones!
Thank you again!

May 21, 2012 at 8:13 PM  
Blogger Nigel Nelson said...

This is great! My 3 year old loves to touch yucky, mushy stuff (like mud) and this is so clean! My best friend sent me a recipe for bouncy balls and its exactly the same except you add cornstarch. We're gonna do both!!

May 31, 2012 at 12:37 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

I followed the recipe and it did not turn out. I had to throw it out. The picture shows that she mixes it after adding the glue, water from glue bottles, and food coloring. The text, however, does not say you need to mix it. Maybe that's where I went wrong. Mine was a big glob of rubber sitting in a pool of water. Even after mixing it for several minutes.

June 19, 2012 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Sue Sutherlin said...

I bought a gallon of Elmer's glue at the hardware store, and have even made it for gifts for b-day parties (different colors in different containers). A BIG hit!

June 26, 2012 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger JustForThePinOfIt said...

Loved, loved, LOVED this so much had to post about it myself, linking back to you of course!

Thanks for providing looots of fun for the kiddos!

July 25, 2012 at 6:47 AM  

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