I made gak with the children.
Imagine, late in March, and I am just now introducing my preschoolers to the sheer joy and purposelessness of creating this "silly putty-like" stuff!
Where has the school year gone?
I had a willing group of about eight "mixers," my sensory-seekers,
those who like to touch, stretch, mush, wallow in anything I put out.
We "cooked" up the batch, me wondering aloud if this was edible cooking,
since I was using glue and Borax,
and them exclaiming, as I had hoped,
"Ms. Ingram! NO! NO! NO! You don't eat glue!"
Just wanted to be sure, since it seemed like we were cooking,
with a mixing bowl, a wooden spoon, measuring cups...
wanted to be sure we were on the same page.
Ahhh, the delight when you mix the dissolved Borax in with the glue...
the substance changes, as you turn the wooden spoon,
into gloop, into stretchiness, into surprise!
And I was no longer working with a group of eight but the full class of twenty-two,
needing to see, needing to touch, needing to play.
Here's what I heard:
“Vervining” (said one precocious four year old), “which means it’s getting stretchy and puffy and now it’s expanding.”
“That’s gooey, it feels gooey.”
“It feels squishy.”
A few first-graders came into read to us and that just wasn't going to happen, and, so,
for five minutes or so, the first-graders joined in on the fun...
I promised to share the recipe with their teacher (for a lighter time in their schedule).
Another batch or two today...to keep up with the demand...
2 cups glue
1 ½ cups tap water
Dissolve 2 teaspoons Borax
Into 1 cup hot water
Mix two bowls together (pour 2nd bowl into 1st bowl).
Drain off excess water.
Let stand for a few minutes after mixing.
Knead gak until its pliable.
Bounce it! Stretch it! Roll it!
To save it, put it in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator, so it won’t dry out.