Monday, November 15, 2010


Today we made Gloop and let me tell you, there's nothing like jammies and science to get the creative juices flowing.  M and L were very excited about the whole process.  From the measuring to the mixing, they were very involved.

To make Gloop, you will need:

2 Cups white school glue
1 1/2 cups water, room temperature
1 cup warm water
3 teaspoons borax powder
This recipe for Gloop is adapted from The Sandbox Scientist (Ross, 1995).

Add 1 1/2 cups of room temperature water (add food color to this water if desired) to the 2 cups of glue in a large mixing bowl.

Getting the glue into the bowl, wasn't nearly as messy as I thought it would be.
Our Gloop will be yellow!
Dissolve the borax powder in the remaining 1 cup of warm water and slowly pour the dissolved borax into the glue and water mixture, stirring constantly.

Knead the Gloop with your hands for about one minute, until it is smooth and has lost its stickiness.

This doubles as a constructive way for kids to release some of their pent-up energy.

Once mixed, the M & L let their imaginations run wild...more or less.

Matthew's snake.
Lauren's "worm snake."

If stored in an airtight container, Gloop can be used repeatedly and lasts almost indefinitely, though I'm not sure I want to think about the environmental ramifications of this stuff.