This DYI idea comes courtesy of nanny Kirstin from Calgary. It’s called goop (no relation to Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog) and a has texture similar to nutty-putty. It’s soft and squishy, bounces and when left on a table, will melt into a puddle. You can colour on it with markers and make designs or play with it like play dough (stretching, rolling, cutting out shapes, etc). It’s very easy to make, and is guaranteed to be a huge hit with children over 3.
Nanny Kirstin says that one mom commented that she likes it better than play dough because it doesn’t leave a salty residue on the table or crumble into pieces.
Here’s the recipe:
- Mix 1 cup of water with 2 TEASPOONS OF BORAX in a small cup.
- In a separate bowl, mix 2 CUPS OF WHITE GLUE with 1 cup of water. If you like, add food colouring or sparkles.
- Pour the two bowls together and stir quickly. The goop with quickly form. Lift the goop out of the bowl and squeeze off the extra fluid.
- Go ahead and play!
Borax is a natural powder that you can use to wash clothes. It’s usually found in the laundry section of the supermarket. It comes in a very big box so you can scoop two extra teaspoons into a small baggie and give it to the parents with the recipe at the end of the night. The children love knowing that they can make new goop with Mom and Dad in the morning.
Easy, DYI goop. Enjoy!