Homemade Gak

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 is 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!!

Homemade Gak! This is the cheapest and best kid entertainment ever!! Recipe on { lilluna.com } #gak

Here is how you can make Homemade GAK as well!

SUPPLIES:

- TWO 4 oz. bottles of Elmer’s Glue

- 1 tsp. Borax (found in the laundry detergent section of the store)

- Water

- Plastic Cup

- Bowl

- Food Coloring

DIRECTIONS:

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! ;)

PS – Turn this into an inexpensive but cute gift! For the tutorial go HERE!

And for more fun things to do with the kiddos be sure to check out:

DIY Dino Fossils - the kids loved doing this!

DIY Dino Fossils

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DIY Lava Lamp

ENJOY!

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  1. 1

    ok my kid would love that!
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  2. 2

    this is AWESOME FOR SUMMER TIME! my kids would love it. Thanks for sharing. jen
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  3. 5

    you seriously are the cutest mom ever! i LOVE it! i want to make this! fun!
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    • 6

      LOL!!! You’re too nice, Kelsey!!! I try to do fun things with the kiddos to help us both stay sane – haha!

  4. 7

    FYI- If you use clear elmers glue (usually right by the normal white kind) it doesn’t take near as much coloring to make it brighter! It works great.

    • 8

      Thanks for the awesome tip, Alicia. I’m going to try that next time we make it. Thanks again!!

  5. 9

    Oh goodness, I remember gak! Making the funny noises is always a kid favorite. ;)
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    • 10

      LOL!!! My kids love the funny noises. And they love when I make bubbles with it pressing it up against my mouth – haha!!

      • 11

        I tried to make this I followed the directions correctly but mine is like a hard ball, it wont stretch, it pulls apart. What dii do wrong? Help please :(

        • 12

          *did I* Sorry my keyboard gets stuck on some letters. I really need to start proof reading before posting.

          • 13

            I would just keep working at it until it is smooth… it takes several minutes to work on it. And I’ve made it once or twice where there was excess water. Not sure why I had it that time when I haven’t ever had it before.

        • 14

          Not sure if you will see this, but I just did the same thing tonight. I split the recipe in half to make 2 different colors, one for each kid. The first one came out great, but the second one was a hard ball that we couldn’t do anything with.

          Here is what I think I did wrong, I forgot to stir up the food coloring and water into the glue and added the borax. I think I added a little bit too much borax too, so I am going to make sure that I am very careful with that next time, and then make sure I mix everything up good. I was just in a hurry to get the second one done for my son to play with and in the end, my daughter split hers in half to share with her brother(with no prompting from me, so I am happy).

          • 15

            Thanks for the comment, Amber and sorry the second batch didn’t turn out. I would definitely be sure to mix it all up well and use the exact measurements for the borax. Hopefully, that will help next time. PS – So sweet your daughter shared. :)

  6. 16

    I love Gak. When I taught preschool I used to make it all the time for the kids. So far my little one is still putting everything in her mouth so I’m going to have to wait a little while before I give it a try with her.
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    • 17

      Yeah, unfortunately I’ve found some in my 1 year olds mouth but the 2 and 4 year old love it! :D

  7. 18

    Too fun! My girls would love this. :) Thanks for sharing…visiting from TT&J!
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    • 19

      Thanks, Amanda! I know your girls will love it!! We made pink and purple in the last week (my daughter’s fav colors) so she’s been having a ball with “her” gak. LOL! :D

  8. 20

    You have very great ideas, I’m glad to stop on your blog and learn so many things about it… I do appreciate this simple but worthy. It motivates me to do the rest effectively…
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  9. 21

    OMG this looks like so much fun! I am kinda a big fan of borax! It has so many uses! : )
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  10. 23

    I am like the worst mom ever, if there is any chance they can make a mess I don’t do it LOL. But a few of those don’t look too messy:)
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  11. 24

    We just made purple Gak and my daughter is the happiest 8 year old ever!Seriously! :)Thank you so much for this!I love your blog! :)

  12. 25

    Found this via pinterest. I don’t even have kids and I’m totally making it this weekend. Thanks!

    • 26

      LOL!! Did you end up making it?! Even the hubby and I admit that we like playing with it. :D

      • 27

        I did! I can’t stop playing. My wife thinks I’m crazy. I even packed some into a ballon and it made for a nice little stress ball. Popped it though. Will make another one soon :)

  13. 28

    Thank you so much for this! I just made it with my 3 year old but I must of done something wrong….it almost crumbles instead of stretches. Could it be because I used the clear Elmers? So I can do it right next time :)
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    • 29

      Hi Tiffany!! So sorry about the gak. I have no idea why it crumbled. I have never used the clear Elmer’s and only the white and have never had issues. If you try it again with white and it works fine, let me know, so I can be sure to let other readers know about the problem too. :(

      • 30

        I’m getting some more glue at the store today, I also want to try the bouncy ball recipe! I’ll let you know if it worked out this time. My 3 year old loved to play with it anyway though :)
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  14. 31

    Please remember that Borax is TOXIC and have your children wash their hands when they’re done playing with it :) we are gonna stick to regular ole salt dough!

    • 32

      Thanks for the reminder! :D

    • 33
      Kimberly Beaty :

      Just in case this might be of interest – the Material Safety Data Sheet – one of those official study lists – labels Borax as a health hazard rating of 1. This is the same rating given to salt and baking soda. It is non-carcenogenic, it does not penetrate the skin well, and it is not bio-accumulative. In short, from my personal experience and study, this would not cause any health hazard for Gak lovers. :) Hope this helps.

      Thank you for a fun idea for my kiddos that I had forgotten about. They will rise up and call you blessed. :)

    • 34

      Borax is no more toxic than salt or baking soda!!!!!!!! Just don’t ingest large quantities. Sometimes Borax is confused with boric acid, which is more toxic.

    • 36

      We made this for my son’s mad scientist birthday party, but instead of Borax we used equal parts liquid starch, Elmers glue and water. It worked great and no worries about anything toxic.

  15. 37

    Please tell me your hands are completely stained too!?!!??

    • 38

      You know what, they weren’t at all!!! Here’s the sad thing… I got the Neon Food Coloring. We made neon green and a few days later neon purple. Then, we decided to make hot pink. It was my hubby’s grandma’s funeral and my mom came to watch the kids for us, so I wanted to make a fresh batch of gak to entertain the kiddos. I was running behind and asked the hubby to finish it off for me. Well, he did but it turned his hands hot pink!! And we were headed straight to the funeral and he couldn’t wash it off. I felt so bad!!! He thought I knew it stained but the green and purple hadn’t. Makes me wonder what color you did and if only certain colors stain. So sorry about that!

      • 39

        If you mix the food coloring with the water first it shouldn’t stain. DIdn’t for us!

        • 40

          Thanks for the tip. My grandkids and I didn’t mix it with water first. We made neon purple and neon blue. the kids have beautifully colored hands. We’ve scrubbed a few times with Dawn and it did take most of it off but they still looked stained and they have school tomorrow. Their teachers will know their crazy Mimi( they know me as I’m a retired teacher) is at it again. lol

          • 41

            Hi Cheryl!! So sorry about that. I have a feeling that any dark color will do that so to prevent stained hands I would try lighter colors. We made purple but it only lasted on our hands for a few hours.

  16. 42

    Hi I recently discovered your website and love it! I am trying to be more creative with fun projects for my boys (ages almost 4 and 1). I love being at home with them and I love creative projects, I just need someone to help give me ideas, lol! And I’ve learned I need to plan ahead better (have all the supplies on hand and set aside time to do it). My 3 year old and I just made the Gak (blue his favorite color) while my 1 year old nap and it has been over and hour and he is still playing with it! Thanks! I look forward to more fun ideas!

  17. 43

    I was wondering how much this would make? Is it enough for 6 or 7 kids?

  18. 44

    I made this today for my son. It was so simple and quick. I can’t wait to do this again with his cousins, and possibly next year at his birthday party for an activity and a take-home gift for the kids!!

  19. 45

    Ok We just made this and it is extremely messy! We did everything you did, but maybe it needs more borax? I’m gonna try that next time. It just clings to our hands rather than like the store bought which is more solid. Fun though, if I can get it to turn out right! Thanks!
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  20. 47

    This is awesome!! We just made some and it came out great!! Question.. Does it store well? Can you use it a week later or is it a one and done?

    Thanks!!

    • 48

      Hi Kristyn- This does store well, btw. I am glad to see you post this. I posted this back in 2009 – link : http://mygratitudeattitudes.blogspot.com/2009/01/making-glurch-creative-play-for-kids.html
      And it was amazing how much “crap” I got from people. It was posted on another big kids website too back in 09, and the rude comments were unbelivable.. I even posted the same link as you- Steve Spangler Science. People were very concerned about the Borax. There is the tiniest bit of Borax, which is not as toxic as everyone believes. It is toxic if you pour it in your eye. I personally would be more concerned about the children eating the glue. lol. But in all my years of teaching, and making this with children from preschool to 2nd grade, I have never had a child once try to ingest this. It is a fun “science” project. We use Borax to clean everything at hour house. It is laundry soap, not the stuff you kill bugs with – that is totally different- and I think people get very confused. Sorry for my little “rant” but I just wanted to thank you for the repost. It is a super fun summer activity. It will store for several days also- but usually it is a one time thing at our house. :) Thanks for sharing so much fun stuff! -sharla
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      • 49

        Thanks for the note, Sharla! We have made it several times and I have yet to see any of my kids ranging 1 – 4 try to ingest it. We love it and will continue to make it. :)

  21. 50

    I let all the daycare kiddos make their own today, it was a huge hit! Even the older kids who get bored easily loved it! Thanks for the wonderful, and inexpensive idea!

  22. 51

    I just made this for my daughter to play with and I disappointed with how it stains anything it touches (due to the food coloring). I don’t want to skip out on the color (that’s part of the fun!!!), but I also don’t want my nice couch, clothes, walls, etc. stained to high heaven. I didn’t use the Betty Crocker brand food coloring b/c I already had some McCormick neon coloring. It’s the regular kind of coloring-liquid, not gel.

    I did read in the comments about your hubby’s hands getting stained with the pink… that is the color I tried. I will try another color next time (I only had enough glue for one batch) and see, but I was just curious if you’d heard from anyone else about this and found a solution :) Seems strange that it would be a “pink only” thing…

    Thanks!!!

    • 52

      Hi Heather! Thanks for the comment. I have no idea why the pink stained. We have made purple, red, green and orange with the neon gel colors and none of those stained – only the hot pink. Still haven’t heard a solution for the colors, but will let you know if I do. Sorry about that. :(

    • 53

      I just made it and its a total flop. My hands are green as are grdaughter The stuff is rock solid. Total waste.

      • 54

        I’m so sorry, Sandy. I haven’t had anyone have this problem before. I have made it countless times now and have never had this issue. :/

  23. 55

    Just made this today after pinning it on Pinterest a couple weeks ago. It works great! We do get a few clingy pieces, but no one seems to mind. I don’t have any food coloring so ours is just plain ol’ white. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! I can’t wait to pass it on to others. I wrapped mine in plastic wrap, but is there a better way to store it?

  24. 56

    This is great!! I Just made this for my niece and nephew while baby-sitting them and they are LOVING it! Thanks for sharing the recipe. When I was in 6th grade my teacher presented us with this for a science project and I always loved it!
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  25. 57

    How long does the gal last?

  26. 58

    I made this with my 2 year old this morning and it was a big hit. I had to nurse my daughter so I set him in his high chair with a few cookie cutters and let him have at it. Unfortunate I got distracted with my daughter who had a diaper disaster and when I came back the gak had gotten onto his shirt, the fabric cover on the high chair, the chair cushion and the floor. I had no problem removing it from hard surfaces but I think the cushion is ruined (it was old anyway) and I’m concerned about washing the shirt and fabric cover on the high chair. Anyone else have this experience??? We used blue dye, which stained our hands :(

  27. 59
    Anna Drenth :

    Add a bunch of sparkles right as is takes shape, and you have glittery slim :) my girls love it

    • 60

      Great tip!! Thanks, Anna!! PS – Do the sparkles get all over or do they stay in the slime pretty well?

  28. 61

    I’m a nanny and this is a great idea for the al out 2 year old I care for, also a great gift idea for her!
    How long does it last for?
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  29. 62

    I just made this for my kids, they’re having a blast!!! Instead of food coloring I used an envelope of Kool-aid, not only the color came out bright but it smells amazing too!!! It hasn’t stained their hands or anything so far, I’ll report back if it does.
    Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!!!!!!!!

  30. 63

    Thank you so much for sharing! This was one of my favorite things as a kid and would love to introduce it to MY kids!!! I am going to attempt to make this tomorrow lol thanks again for sharing and lovin your site!!!

  31. 64

    Thanks for the recipe. My family just made it and it couldn’t have been easier. I recently found your blog and I am hooked already! Thanks again!

  32. 65

    We made this with green and it worked out fine, no sticky pieces. We took it to a play date and left it to share the gift :) but we made orange today & I have sticky bits everywhere… More borax? Less? More water? No orange? Help! We want to make this work my kiddo loves it!

  33. 66

    Wow! what a great idea! I think we will make orange this year for Halloween! PUMPKIN PUTTY!

  34. 67

    This is so cool! My boys would love me forever {hopefully they will anyway!} if I made this with them! Must try.
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  35. 68

    We made this a couple days ago, and it was so fun! They quickly figured out how to push it down into a slightly tapered cup to make some really fun noises, too! Fun with flatulence!!! lol!

  36. 70

    This is brilliant! Definitely want to try this….now I just have to figure out what the South African version of Borax is! :)
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    • 71

      Hey Caddie, II’m South African and made some today – you can get Borax at PnP in a small white and tan container- Robertsons brand – usually in the same place as the washing powders, although I’m sure hardware shops would be able to help you as well… And I’m assuming school glue is the same as wood glue – although ours has a bit of a chemical smell – but I made a huge batch so that might be why!
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      • 72

        Did you try it? Did it work? I want to make it but I can’t find Elmers glue in South Africa.

        • 73

          Hey Alain,
          I did try it – the chemical smell didn’t go away and the ingredient amounts were way off – I think wood glue is too strong! I’m thinking of trying that Pritt craft glue – it’s also in a little bottle. I haven’t gotten around to it yet – maybe give it a go and let us know?
          There’s a shop in the city where I work called Hall’s Adhesives – I’m thinking of popping in there to see what they have too…

  37. 74

    Our gak is now losing water after about 2 months. Is that normal? Can I do something to save it?

  38. 75

    Uh, what if you don’t have Borax? Do you have to use it?

    • 76

      I’m pretty sure it won’t work without borax. There may be other recipes on the web that don’t include it, but I know for sure this one needs it. :/

  39. 78

    This is so awesome! Thank you. My kids loved this.

  40. 79

    i love squshie things post more

  41. 80

    Great idea!!!.. Santa’s bigger is supper tight this year this is cheap and cool. Thanks.

  42. 81

    Hi, I just made this for my 2 year old yesterday and he LOVED it. I’m just wondering how long this is supposed to last. When we finished playing with it I put it in a ziplock bag. When he woke up from his nap he wanted to play with it again so I got it and noticed a large amount of water had seeped out of it. I poured off the excess and we played with it for quite a while. Now the next day about half of it has turned to water. We are playing with the remaining half but I’m wondering is it supposed to last longer?

    • 82

      When I read this I thought it was such a great idea for my 2 year old! but when I tried to make it it turned out very rubbery and hard, I am unable to stretch it like it should be. I was wondering in the recipe it says to add water to the glue bottles and swoosh them and pour out.. So how much water do I pour into the bottles? Maybe that makes a difference?

      • 83

        Helen I believe the recipe says to fill the glue bottles with water, swish around and empty that water into the bowl mix with the glue already in it. That’s what I did and it worked out well.

  43. 84

    Thank you soo much for the gak recipe! That will be perfect for making at my kindergartener’s birthday party!

  44. 85

    Are you supposed to have a bunch of excess water in the bowl? I followed all the directions like I was supposed to and I have a glob of stuff swimming in a bunch of water.

  45. 86

    This did not work! I ended up with really chucky, not “Gak” like mess and purple hands.

  46. 87
    Sandra Bradford :

    This is wonderful. I remember this from many years ago, but we just called it slimmed…….I love smearing my brother with it……I am ordering this for my grandson, but will have to use some for Uncle Bub…….

  47. 88

    Thanks so much! My kids have been begging for me to buy this! I will now be adding this to their stockings!
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  48. 90

    Did anyone have any issues with the “gak” staining hands after playing? I’m thinking I may have added a little to much dye.

  49. 91

    I decided I didn’t have enough stocking stuffers but I had reached my holiday budget. So I was stoked when I found this recipe! I made it and it turned out fab!!!! I had such a blast making it that I ened up making 8 batches. I have 5 kids so I’ll have back up for the rest of xmas break. But I’d just like to thank you! This is a great idea. And with store bought gak costing $7 for .4 lbs it’s an awesome way to save money since it only cost about $2.50 a pound to make at home. Thank you soooo much! It’ll help the kids stay busy and me sane without going into debt!

    • 92

      Yay!! SO glad you made this and that it turned out. It really is such a fun and easy gift that the kids will LOVE. I hope it helps provide hours of entertainment over break. Merry Christmas!!

  50. 93

    Tried to make this but it turned out like a rubber ball. It wont stretch it breaks in to pieces when pulled. What did I do wrong? I did the instructions just as you said to do.. Help? :(

    • 94

      Did you use Elmer’s glue? And what kind of food coloring did you use? I haven’t had any problem before but wondering if the food coloring or brand of glue could make the difference. :/

      • 95

        Yes I used Elmer’s white glue and Betty Crocker food coloring, but it was the gel coloring. It mixed up good but suddenly it started getting very hard so I used my hands to finish mixing it, but during the mixing mine didn’t look like it the picture you posted. Your picture looks kind of smooth but mine will so hard it was sticking to the spoon. Also, there is a bunch of water left in the bowl, is that normal?

  51. 97

    Seems that the trick to the right consistency is the amount of Borax used. Use too much and the “Gak” is harder and not stretchy. Use too little and the Gak is sticky and messy. So the key is the Borax. If it is too sticky, add a little more Borax (dissolved in water). Too “crumbly” adding a little more water and mixing will help; but just try not to add too much Borax next time. Hope that helps!

  52. 98

    I don’t know what I did wrong but it’s rock solid and our hands are green . Ended up throwing it out. What a disappointment :(

  53. 99

    I tried making it with my class and it didn’t work :( We just ended up with stretchy glue in a lot of water. I am thinking because the kids used water from the bathroom and it wasn’t warm. Do you think that is why it didn’t mix well?

  54. 100

    Dear Liluna,
    I red your fantastic idea of making slimy with kids at home. By searching for opportunities to by the Borax, I’ve found an interesting statement in the german website of Borax:
    “Wichtiger Hinweis
    Borax darf nach neuen wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnissen nicht mehr an private Haushalte verkauft werden. Borax steht im Verdacht Schäden am ungeborenen Kind zu verursachen.”
    Translation: do not use this product any longer!
    Love to read more of your great ideas!

  55. 101

    I just did this with my 4 year old and it came out perfectly. And he is still playing with it, and I’m sure will be playing with for awhile. Thanks for the great idea!

  56. 102

    My friend sent me to your recipe and I just made this with my 3 year old today. WOW!! He is loving it and I love how easy and cheap it was too. Thanks so much for an awesome project!

    • 103

      You’re welcome. It has become a regular thing in our house to make GAK because it’s so easy, cheap and the kids LOVE it!! So glad yours loved it too! :D

  57. 104

    DO NOT use Kool Aid! My first batch turn out to look like runny, scrambled eggs using Kool Aid. But my second batch is fantastic and I followed these directions exactly, just skipped the coloring, The kids (two 7 yr old boys) could care less that it is white and are happily playing now! Thx

  58. 105

    omg it is so much fun to make gak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  59. 107

    I pinned this awhile ago and finally got all the ingredients to make this. Just made this with my kiddos. They had a blast making it and now playing with it. Already begging me for more colors. It turned out great for us, not sure why some people are having trouble. I used white rose art glue and regular green food coloring, no staining of any kind for us. It was really messy/watery as first and I wasn’t sure it would firm up, but just as you said, after a few minutes it turned into “the perfect GOOEY consistency!”

  60. 108

    I know this is a late comment, but I’ve made 5 batches of the stuff already. I found that Elmer’s school glue works perfectly. Elmer’s multipurpose glue will give it the hard consistency people are complaining about, no matter the borax to glue ratio. I’ve even tried the liquid starch in lieu of borax as well and can’t get it thick enough and is a bit too “gooey” where it sticks too much to hands even when the proportions are changed. Hope this helps. When using Elmer’s Multipurpose glue, I eventually found an acceptable texture (still firm and doesn’t flow well, but malleable) at about half the borax+water quantities as recommended to 8 oz glue.

  61. 109

    I tried this twice and it didn’t work! Same result both times — too much water and it wouldn’t congeal. It was like the consistency of cheese curds! Bummer! Any tips? I used Rose Art glue, is that the problem?

    • 110

      I just made this with my 3 little loves! They are having a blast! I am noticing a few little bits get broken off put we have just been squishing it all back together. The boys (9 & 6) found that if you squish it into cups, it makes some interesting noises! My daughter (2) is making snakes!
      Such a great fun idea!! Thanks! P.S. what do you store it in?

      • 111

        SO glad they like it!! I like to store mine in a tupperware. I also have found cute containers in the dollar section at Target that are Disney and other character tupperwares that work perfectly. :)

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    Amanda Parrett :

    I found your idea on pinterest. My 4 year old son and I just finished making it and he was amazed! He said it was magic! Thanks so much for brightening our rainy day in Georgia!

    • 113

      Thanks for the sweet comment, Amanda! So glad your son loved it and thought it was magic. It is definitely one of our favorite activities! Have a great day. :)

  63. 114

    Love this! We just made it and its a big hit. My first batch I didn’t follow the directions perfectly. (I added too much borax) It was pretty stiff the second time I followed the right amounts of everything and it turned out great! Also I used cake mate neon food coloring and put in the whole bottle it was not bright at all so next time I will use betty crocker food coloring. Kids are happily playing along with my hubby :) Thanks for posting!

  64. 115

    Thanks for the recipe! It was a BIG hit with my 3 year old! :)

  65. 116

    Hi! I am a 1st grade teacher and am wanting to make this in my classroom. I have 23 students. How many batches do you think I would need to make? One of these batches be enough for how many kids?

  66. 117

    I don’t know anything about Gak but would love to make some!
    Can anyone tell me:
    1) How to store it
    2) How long it will keep
    3) What happens when it falls on the carpet or clothes

    Appreciate any help on this. Thanks so much!!

  67. 118

    We found this, and just made it as a science demonstration with my kindergartener! How fun. And she really could do it all herself! Thanks for posting!
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  68. 119

    We made it for the first time and absolutely love it!!! But I had a question…if it’s turning our hands pink does that mean we added too much food coloring?? Or will this fade after she plays with it for a while?

  69. 120

    So how do you store it? And how long will it keep?

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    Is the GAK long lasting? Or does it just last for 1 hour?

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    when ever i try to make gak it doesn’t work do you know how to make it with corn starch

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    lilian maria maito :

    I love new ideas…..

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    Love this idea! As a kid, Gak was a favorite in my house. I think I remember making it at home once too. Thanks for sharing. Pinning!
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    So goopy! :) Will have try it out. I pinned it too. :D Thanks!
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    what size glue bottle did you use?

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    guse what i did gak with my psr we looked on your websit you did it more better thanks ;D

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    Love it we have made it twice!!!!!

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    I have attempted to make this 4 times and every time I have excess water and it’s just a lump of goo. It won’t stretch, it just breaks apart….. any suggestions as to what I’m doing wrong?

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    Deborah McDougal :

    Since the Gak has food coloring, will this stain anything?

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    Thank you for the step by step instructions. I am glad that you mentioned the part regarding the “getting stringy” because otherwise we would have thought that we made a mistake. It turned out awesome!

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    Thank you! My kids just made this (pink and yellow) and it’s such a blast! So easy too! We are in Arizona too so we are stuck inside and this is making the day fun (getting the cookie cutters out now).

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      SO glad you guys made it and are having fun, Jona! Definitely beats the heat to be inside and playing with Gak when it’s 100+ outside. :)

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    Thanks a ton for applying some time to compose “Homemade Gak
    Recipe”. Many thanks once again ,Elsa
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    We had fun with the recipe but next time I will pull their hair back in ponytails and remove their clothing! I’ve spent the last hour scrubbing the gak off the clothing with a bristle brush and giving bathes. Someone asked about the different coloring…we did the neon also and the coloring mixed with the glue as directed. We all ended up with colored hands. We used the bristle brush to scrub as much off as possible. If it gets on clothes then use hot water and a hard bristle brush…then soak your clothes with a stain remover to be on the safe side. I just didn’t think of these things in advance. I guess looking like colored little aliens was part of our package! LOL!

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      Thanks for the tips, Mae! It can definitely get messy that’s for sure – especially if it’s their first time making it. And sorry your hands were dyed… not sure why it doesn’t happen for us. :/

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    Is there something I have around the house I could use instead of the borax?

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    Im loving the ideas you have on crafts n recipes

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    Hi! I’m makind this today and I was just wondering, is there a way to store Gak??

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    How many oz of white glue?

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    I made this today with my daughter. First batched was awful. I followed the recipe exactly and it came out hard and the consistency of a rubber ball and had zero stretch to it, just crumbled.
    The second batch I made I added the borax a teaspoon at a time until I got the consistency I wanted. I ended up using only half of the borax/water mixture. I think next time I will use even less.
    Great activity but a bit finicky to get it just right.

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      Sorry you had so much trouble, Megan. I’ve made this recipe countless times and have never had any issues. Not sure what may have caused it to be the consistency of a rubber ball. :/

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    Laura Abavare :

    Rose-Art Washable school glue and possibly too much Borax = very disappointing hard crumbly gak :(

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    I tried it for the first time with my 6 & 8yr old daughters and absolutely loved the result. Followed the recipe exactly and made teal & orange color. The girls were super thrilled with their gak. Thanks for the recipe !!

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    I stay in south africa and we dont have elmers glue. What else can i use?

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    I’m planning on doing this for my son’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party and wondered about what the yield is of one recipe. Is there enough for 8 little kids to take a fun amount home or should I double?

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    Thank You! This is the best craft! My 2 year old daughter and 4 year old niece are enjoying gak as I type. I was just wondering what is the best way to store it? And how long does it last?

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    I have read soe good stuff here. Definitely price bookmarking for revisiting.
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    Made this with the neighborhood kids and we had a blast….they were so exited and enjoyed the hands on project. Try it , super fun and easy to make.

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    I just made this with Elmer’s glitter glue and it worked great! I added food coloring and it turned out a dark purple glitter glob! What fun!

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    Can you use any other washingpowder? (I cant find borax)

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    Ca i use any other washingpowder (i cant find borax)

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    Danelle Reed :

    My 3 year old daughter and I made this today. Amazing fun! My husband and I were totally playing with it too. It was a great one on one time with her as well which has become a little difficult with a nee baby in the house.
    We used the McCormick egg dye color chart to make teal and it came out beautiful! No staining either :-) I did however warm the water in the microwave for 25 seconds to ensure the borax would completely dissolve. We did have some excess water but the more you mix aand kneed its soon absorbed.
    Thank you for the recipe. I will certainly be hanging out here more especially now that I’ve read you are a fellow Arizonan!

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    Great ideas! thanx.


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