Make Your Own Gloop
- Gloop should not be ingested or come into contact with eyes.
- Wash hands thoroughly before and after playing with gloop.
- Test a small amount of gloop on skin if your child has allergies or sensitive skin.
Following these precautions will help ensure a safe and enjoyable gloop-making experience for you and your children.
What do I need to play?
Making your own gloop is easy and requires just a few household items. Here’s what you’ll need:
- PVA glue (white or clear)
- Borax powder or liquid starch
- Food coloring (optional)
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Spoon or spatula for mixing
- Container for storing the gloop
Setting up the game
Once you have all of your materials, it’s time to start making your gloop! Here’s how:
- In a mixing bowl, combine 1/2 cup of PVA glue with 1/2 cup of water. If you want colored gloop, add a few drops of food coloring at this point and stir until well mixed.
- In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 teaspoon of Borax powder or 1/4 cup of liquid starch.
- Slowly pour the Borax mixture into the glue mixture, stirring as you go.
- Keep stirring until the mixture becomes too thick to stir with a spoon or spatula.
- Use your hands to knead the gloop until it becomes smooth and stretchy.
Rules of the game
Gloop can be used for a variety of sensory play activities. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Use cookie cutters or other shaped objects to make impressions in the gloop.
- Add small toys or figurines to the gloop and let your child dig them out.
- Place the gloop in a plastic bag and let your child squish and play with it without getting their hands dirty.
Variations of the game
There are endless variations of gloop that you can make, depending on the materials you have on hand and the textures you want to create. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Add glitter or sequins to the gloop for a sparkly effect.
- Use different types of glue, such as clear or glitter glue, to create different colors and textures.
- Experiment with different amounts of Borax or liquid starch to create a thicker or thinner gloop.
Tips for Success
Making gloop can be messy, so it’s important to take a few precautions to ensure a successful experience:
- Cover your work surface with a plastic tablecloth or newspaper to protect it from spills.
- Use washable bowls and utensils, as gloop can be difficult to clean off.
- Encourage your child to wash their hands before and after playing with gloop to prevent any irritation.