186 appendix B
12 ounces white glue
12 ounces cold water
41/2 tablespoons borax
12 ounces hot water
1 part water
2 parts cornstarch
Food coloring (optional)
Mix glue and cold water in one bowl. Mix borax and
hot water in a separate bowl. Pour the borax mix-
ture into the glue mixture. Stir until slimy, stringy,
rubbery gak forms. Store the gak in a large ziplock
bag or an airtight container.
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup cornstarch
4 cups cold water
Add water slowly to cornstarch and stir. The mix-
ture should be solid when you hold it but gooey as
you let it drip and ooze down. As the goop dries,
you can add more water and stir.
If you want colored goop, add food coloring to
the water before mixing the water and cornstarch.
If you would like the children to add their own col-
ors, use ice cube trays and eyedroppers to measure
out food coloring. Small squirt bottles work well for
Corn Syrup Paint
Mix the sugar, cornstarch, and water in a large
saucepan. Heat this mixture on the stovetop over
medium heat, stirring constantly, until it begins to
thicken. Set the mixture aside to cool. Divide the
cooled mixture into three bowls. Add a different
color of food coloring to each bowl and mix it in.
Place three heaping tablespoons of each colored
mixture in one ziplock bag. Knead the bag to mix
the colors into a rainbow stew!
Divide one or more bottles of corn syrup evenly
among several containers. Add a few drops of a
different food coloring to each container and mix.
This type of paint dries transparent. It takes a few
days to dry.
Condensed Milk Paint
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Food coloring or liquid watercolor paint
Flubber 1 cup white glue
1 cup water
2 teaspoons food coloring or liquid tempera paint
4 tablespoons borax
11/3 cups warm water
Mix the glue, water, and food coloring or paint to-
gether in one bowl. Mix the borax and warm water
in a separate bowl until the borax dissolves com-
pletely. Then slowly pour the glue solution into
the borax solution—but do not mix. Roll the glue
solution around once or twice in the borax solution
and then remove glue solution and knead for 2 to
Pour the milk into small bowls or containers. Add
several drops of food coloring or paint to each dish
and stir. Apply paint to thick paper. The painting
will dry shiny. It may take a day or two to dry, espe-
cially if paint is applied heavily.
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon liquid starch
3 to 4 drops food coloring
Mix all the ingredients together. The salt gives a
frosted or sandy appearance to the paint.