How To Make Homemade GAK or Slime {Printable}

For my daughter’s birthday, we made Homemade GAK.

The girls absolutely loved getting their hands dirty and slimy! The added glitter made it extra fun and some reusable plastic containers with lids were provided for them to take their GAK home.
What is GAK?
GAK is a slimy!
GAK is squishy!
GAK is stretchy!
GAK is fun!

homemade gak

Why is Homemade GAK Good For Kids?

They can manipulate it.
They use fine motor skills.
It is fun.
Making it is a procedure that involves following directions.
Measuring is math.
It is fun!


Here was our GAK activity bowl all ready to create a gooey, slimy mess!

Homemade GAK

The kids loved measuring and adding each ingredient and everyone took turns stirring the mixture.

Would you like to make your own homemade GAK at home with your kids?
Please see the recipe below! Also be sure to read the Health Canada Warning at the bottom of this post prior to doing this activity with your children.

Homemade GAK Recipe

Click the image above to get a pdf printable.

Please note that Borax is a type of soap and of course GAK is made with glue, so we wouldn’t want this mixture to end up in little ones’ mouths! This activity should always be monitored by an adult.


IMPORTANT UPDATE: Health Canada has issued a warning against using boric acid in arts and crafts, therefore if you choose to use this recipe, use it at your own risk.

Providing children with hands on activities not only helps them develop their fine motor skills, but it also keeps them engaged in activities for a longer period of time.

What other tactile experiences have your children enjoyed recently?

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21 Responses to How To Make Homemade GAK or Slime {Printable}

  1. Victoria S says:

    That looks so cool and gross at the same time! You and your kids must have a BLAST with all your creative ideas!

    Victoria Ess

  2. Neat! I will have to try this with my little guy

  3. I’d never heard about GAK before. I like that the glitter can be omitted for Mom’s like me that don’t like tons of mess (I know!?).

    I don’t think it’s gross, to this day, I love making “Marshmellow Gum” and it looks like a similar consistency.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo
    Finding Humour in Everyday Life
    journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com

  4. Sny Med says:

    Wow, I never knew how to make guck! Looks like a lot of fun for the kids! I remember my grandma would make play-doh for us as kids and it was great! She would add a bit of food colouring to it to make it more interesting.

    Jenna

  5. Every mom needs this recipe. Thanks.

  6. Homemade GAK?! Soooo cool.

  7. eek!! My boys have been ruined by their MOTHER! They hate slimy things!! lol! My bff on the other hand would LOVE THIS! A must share!

  8. Annie1 says:

    Oooooh I love this! Next weekend when my grankids are here, we are going to make this! They will have an absolute blast! Thanks

    RAFFLECOPTER NAME is Anne Taylor

  9. That is so cool i’m sure this will keep the kiddies busy for a good long time lol

  10. mamawee says:

    My son was at a birthday party a few months ago and they made this! He had lots of fun, but whatever they used for colour ended up staining his clothes and my carpet 🙁

  11. Wendy S says:

    My kids would love it!! Tho it is kinda gross….

  12. LilSugarMag says:

    I make this all the time! My kiddos love it! So much fun!

  13. My daughters are having a sleepover this weekend – we are definitely going to try to make this!

  14. I’m going to have to try this with the boys!!

  15. suzquiz says:

    I am so going to make this for my grandchildren Thanks

  16. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for sharing,this should make a fun day !!

  17. Leslie Crosbie says:

    I remember playing with Gak when I was a kid!

  18. elizamatt says:

    What a shame that that warning is now out there as the kids no doubt loved playing with this. Still healthy is better and so we’ll have to wait until someone discovers that something else can be used as a substitute.

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