That Time of Year

That Time of Year

Every year about this time I read the story by Truman Capote entitled A Christmas Memory.  Now, for most people “Fruitcake Weather” happens at the end of November or in early December. For me, it strikes after the third or fourth “cool” wave, when it seems it is harder and harder for the sun to accomplish the task of warming the morning after a nights chill.

This year, for me, it’s Fruitcake weather now. This is always a good thing. However, I don’t make fruitcake. I might, if I liked it, knew how to make it, or knew anyone that would enjoy getting one. But, since all of those are negative, I don’t.

However, there is something I make every year, without fail, and it happens to be this time of the year. So, before I even get out of bed, I know the day has come. It’s Gak weather.

What? You may ask, is Gak? Simple, it’s a home made science experiment, activity, toy, and all around good time.

The materials are inexpensive, and I happen to have them on hand always. The process is low key and simple enough to make with even the tiniest of hands. And the finished product is fun for everyone, even adults love this stuff.

Without further ado…Gak!

Materials:

  • 8 oz. White Glue (Elmer’s Glue-All, or generic is fine as well)
  • Borax (a powdered laundry booster product found on the laundry soap aisle)
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Plastic cup (8 oz size works well)
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Food coloring (the spice of life)
  • Water (warmer the better)
  • Paper towel
  • Zipper-lock bag (for storing your finished product)
  • Water (Warm water works best)
  • Optional: Glow in the paint from the hobby store, found in the section for fabric paint)
That Gak Time of Year

Stuff you need for Gak

Directions:

  1. This recipe is based on using a brand new 8 ounce bottle of White Glue. Empty the entire bottle of glue into a mixing bowl. Fill the empty bottle with warm water and shake (okay, put the lid on first and then shake). Pour the glue-water mixture into the mixing bowl and use the spoon to mix well.
  2. Go ahead… add a drop or two of food coloring.  If you are adding the Glow in the Dark version, add the paint (1/2 of the bottle-4 oz.) now.
  3. Measure 1/2 cup of warm water into the plastic cup and add a teaspoon of Borax powder to the water. Stir the solution – don’t worry if all of the powder dissolves. This Borax solution is the secret linking agent that causes the Elmer’s Glue molecules to turn into slime.
  4. While stirring the glue in the mixing bowl, slowly add a little of the Borax solution. Immediately you’ll feel the long strands of molecules starting to connect. It’s time to abandon the spoon and use your hands to do the serious mixing. Keep adding the Borax solution to the glue mixture (don’t stop mixing) until you get a perfect batch of Elmer’s slime. You might like your slime more stringy while others like firm slime. Hey, you’re the head slime mixologist – do it your way!
  5. When you’re finished playing with your Elmer’s slime, seal it up in a zipper-lock bag for safe keeping.
That Gak Time of Year

Finished Gak

This stuff is incredible! When my big kids were little, we would make it once a month on a Thursday to clean the school desks off. The borax leaves the desks spotless and it’s fun as well.

Here is where you can kick this up a notch, or make it beautifully paisley.

This makes a great Bible Story object lesson for the story of Moses leading the Children of Israel out of bondage. Omit the food coloring and use the entire bottle of glow in the dark paint. The Hebrews followed a pillar of cloud by day and a column of fire by night. Make sure your paint is “charged” with a bright light. Turn off the lights to show the “column of fire” by night. This is a powerful lesson that sticks in their minds like glue. = )

That Gak Time of year

Oooh Paisley Glow in the Dark Gak!

This is a fun project for home, church or school. For a great explanation of how it works, see the article here. Have fun and have a paisley day.~KeriAnne

 

 

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