How to Make Gak Without Borax

How to make gak without borax

How to Make Gak Without Borax for Under $5

Did you ever play with Gak when you were a kid? I did! It was lots of ooey-gooey fun as well as an excellent sensory activity! I decided to make it for my kiddos this week and they LOVED it!

Before making my gak slime, I found several homemade Gak recipes around the blog-o-sphere that used Borax as one of the ingredients. I’ve read a lot of mixed information about the safety of using Borax around kids so I was happy to find out how to make gak without borax with this recipe. I made a few adjustments and it turned out great!

How to make gak without borax - the supplies

Ingredients:

You will also need:

How to make homemade gak without borax: First add your glue

Step 1:

Empty all of the glue into your bowl.

Gak Food Coloring - how to make homemade gak without borax

Step 2:

Add your food coloring and stir together until blended. I only used a little bit (4 drops I think) of food coloring so it wouldn’t stain our hands when playing with it.

Adding starch to homemade gak slime

Step 3:

Gradually add the starch, A LITTLE AT A TIME, while stirring with the spoon or kneading with your fingers as the mixture thickens. The original recipe calls for a whole cup of starch but I tried that and it turned out really soupy. I made another batch with only 1/2 to 3/4 cup starch and it was just right!

Mixing homemade gak slime

Step 4:

Keep stirring!

Kneading homemade gak slime

Step 5:

You might need to get your hands in there and knead it to mix in the rest of the starch. You may not even need the entire 3/4 cup. It should look like this when you’re done:

Finished homemade gak without borax

Here’s some blue gak slime we made as well:

Finished blue homemade gak slime

Step 6: Go Play With Your Homemade Gak Slime!

You now know how to make gak! When your kiddos are done playing, simply store the homemade Gak slime in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. I’ve been storing mine in the fridge but I don’t think you have to.

My total cost to make two batches was $6. I still have lots of liquid starch left too so I would only need to buy more glue next time. It was definitely more fun to make it than buy it!

Have you ever made Gak slime? Are you going to try this homemade gak recipe?

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Gak recipe without borax

How to Make Gak Without Borax

Ingredients

  • 2 (4 oz.) bottles of Elmer's Glue (About $.75 each at Walmart in the school supply aisle)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup liquid starch (About $3 at Walmart in the laundry aisle)
  • Food Coloring (I had on hand)
  • You will also need:

  • Glass or plastic bowl
  • Spoon
  • Measuring cup
  • Something to protect your work surface (tablecloth, cutting board, baking sheet etc..)

Instructions

  1. Empty all of the glue into your bowl
  2. Add your food coloring and stir together until blended. I only used a little bit (4 drops I think) of food coloring so it wouldn't stain our hands when playing with it.
  3. Gradually add the starch, A LITTLE AT A TIME, while stirring with the spoon or kneading with your fingers as the mixture thickens. The original recipe calls for a whole cup of starch but I tried that and it turned out really soupy. I made another batch with only 1/2 to 3/4 cup starch and it was just right!
  4. Keep stirring!
  5. You might need to get your hands in there and knead it to mix in the rest of the starch. You may not even need the entire 3/4 cup.
  6. Play with your homemade gak slime!
Types: Crafts, Adult, Family, Kids
Categories: Frugal, Home, Toys

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