What’s inside: Are your kids curious about the new slime craze? Get ready to blow their minds with this awesome stretchy, squishy, POPPING Gak recipe!
Growing up, I was a huge Gak fan, that’s why I’m so excited to share this recipe that re-creates the Gak of my childhood! (Courtesy of my friend Jennifer at Sugar Spice & Glitter)
After seeing our new 3-ingredient fluffy slime recipe, Stacey sent me a message asking if I could create a fun slime recipe to share with her readers. This “popping” Gak recipe makes fun noises and is super squishy to play with, without sticking to you or your kids’ hands. Plus, it’s easy!
We have been playing with slime for years — it’s one of our favorite sensory play materials and it never gets old. Sometimes we change up our recipe (like with our bubble slime), but for the most part just changing the color or adding some scent or glitter is enough to make it super exciting again.
This Popping Gak recipe uses my new favorite ingredient for creating super fluffy slime — SHAVING CREAM! Be sure to buy a good quality shaving cream if you or your kids have sensitive skin — if you wouldn’t normally use it on your face, don’t use it in your slime.
CLEAN TIP: Slime can stick to fabric, so keep a bit of vinegar on hand to easily remove any wayward slime out of clothes… hair… carpet. OK, so maybe your kids will be less messy than mine, but I think it’s always a good idea to prepare yourself for the mess and if it doesn’t happen – great!
Now on to the fun part!!
“Popping” Gak Slime Ingredients:
- 1 cup glue
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons contact solution
- 4 cups shaving cream
- 2-3 Tablespoons borax solution
- Food coloring, optional
Note: As with many slime recipes, this involves a chemical reaction. Some ingredients may cause irritation to sensitive skin. Only allow children to play with slime under adult supervision. Click here for more tips on how to make slime safely.
STEP ONE: To make your borax solution, mix 1/2 cup hot water with 1/2 Tablespoon borax and stir to dissolve. Set aside to let cool before you add it to the slime mixture.
STEP TWO: In a separate mixing bowl, combine the glue, water and shaving cream. Fold together with a large spoon until completely incorporated. Add any food coloring if using, and mix well before adding in the contact solution.
STEP THREE: Add the borax solution 1 Tablespoon at a time – do not add more than 4 Tablespoons total. Stir each Tablespoon in well and watch how the slime reacts before adding more.
STEP FOUR: When the slime starts to form a cohesive ball and pulls away cleanly from the bowl, you may begin kneading the slime with your hands. Knead it for at least 2 minutes – if it’s still sticky, add a bit more of the borax solution.
Your slime should be stretchy, squishy and fluffy – and make lively popping noises when it’s squeezed, slapped or ripped it half. So much fun!!
See it in action here:
For a chemical-free slime alternative, check out our Edible Silly Putty recipe:
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