DIY GAK Recipe ~ Simple Play Recipe for Giant Bubbles
My kids made a happy recipe accident today and created the most amazing Giant Ghost Bubbles!. They have been begging to make Silly Putty, Gak or Slime for a while. I kept putting it off because I thought we didn’t have all the ingredients. Well guess what the kids found in the basement today; a bottle of liquid starch. Love it!
They came running up the stairs singing in a voice that only kids can, that they could finally make Homemade Silly Putty. I was finishing up another project, so I told them to start without me. Harmless right, it is only 2 ingredients! Well with all the excitement and 3 recipe readers, they created a slightly different version which was pretty amazing!
Giant Ghost Bubble Recipe:
- 1 1/2 cup white Elmers school glue
- 1 cup liquid starch
- 1/4 cup water (not necessary, but it worked great for us)
- Optional food coloring ~ since we were making ghost bubbles, we decided to just leave ours white.
- Drinking straws are needed to blow our Giant Ghost Bubbles
Pour the glue into your bowl and then SLOWLY add the starch. I can’t stress slowly enough. You are welcome to mix with a spoon, but I promise you are missing out on half the fun! Let the kids dive right in for some gooey sensory fun and mix the batch with their hands.
Once the GAK like consistency is reached…STOP. There is no need to add the full amount of starch. You are looking for a super stretchy consistency. Try adding different amounts of starch until you find the constancy that you find works. Not sure why, but each time we make GAK the quantity of starch needed is just slightly different.
How to make giant GAK bubbles:
Once you have made the perfect GAK mixture…let the fun begin. It is perfect for stretching, letting slide through your fingers and for making Giant Ghost Bubbles. To make a bubble…hold a ball of GAK in your hand, stick a straw into the middle of the mixture and gently blow. Seriously it is that easy!
Here are a few tips if you are struggling with mixing your gooey mixture to the right consistency. If it is lumpy after you’ve added the liquid starch, then simply let it rest. You can watch it “melt” together right in the bowl. After a few moments try working it together again. If it is still not working into the consistency that you would like, try adding a little bit more glue. Although not too much, you are looking for a Gak like consistency not a firm putty.
GAK Tips and Tricks:
- If it gets on your clothes, white vinegar should dissolve it.
- Store it in an airtight container or Ziploc Bag for weeks! I love how long this gooey mixture lasts!
- If your mixture is a bit stringy, slimy or lumpy then play with the ratios a little bit. Try adding a little more glue. It may take a bit of mixing and playing to get the right consistency but I promise it is worth it!
- If you are adding food coloring, mix it into the glue BEFORE you add the starch. Or you could end up with beautifully colored hands.
One of my sweet friends posted their version of GAK Bubbles and I LOVE them. Stephanie always has some of the best play recipes. Although, don’t be surprised if you find yourself there for a few hours. Yep Twodaloo is that awesome, you will totally loose track of time devouring all the cool kids activities. Love it!