Ready for some ooey, gooey science?
Gak is simple to make and will provide a fantstically goopy fun way to learn science.
As a parent, I loved that it helped my child with her sensory issues (tactile overresponsiveness) to develop a tolerance of slime and rubbery materials.
As a child, my daughter loved it because she could make Gak with minimal help, and all her friends wanted some. (I poured and measured the Borax.)
(adapted from Education.com)
1. Pour a 8 oz. bottle of white (Elmers) glue into a large bowl.
2. Fill the empty glue bottle with warm water and pour in water.
3. Add food coloring (we used cake coloring to make it a strong color.) Careful, it stains!
4. Add around 4 Tablespoons of Borax and mix with your hands. Experiment with the amount to see what happens with more or less. (Borax is toxic if you eat it so don't.)
5. Store in a ziplock bag.
* To find Borax, look in the laundry area of your grocery store.
Once you start doing science experiments like this, you'll find that they're easy to do every week. I recommend finding a Science Experiment Kit for more ideas. Plus, you can supplement your child's science curriculum at home with many fun, hands-on activities like making Gak or any of the projects in the science kits.
For ages eight and up, you might try the Big Bag of Science; it contains over 60 activities!
For ages five and up, consider the Stepping into Science Set. It offers you 25 experiments and is perfect for beginners.