Homemade Gak in Less than 5 Minutes

My oldest son, Nathan, loves science and is always asking to do experiments. His most recent interest is chemistry. So when he came home from his weekly science class with a recipe for Rubber Blubber aka Homemade Gak, to say he was excited is an understatement.

Using simple ingredients – borax, glue, and water – this recipe is fascinating to watch as two liquids come together to form a solid. Or is it still a liquid? Because homemade Gak does move! Try it with your own kids and decide for yourself!

Homemade Gak Recipe - less than 5 minutes to make!

Another plus: homemade Gak takes less than 5 minutes to make! It’s incredibly easy. Nathan can make it all by himself.

Homemade Gak is the perfect solution to keeping kids occupied on any rainy (or too hot) day.

One word of caution – with a tiny amount of borax in this recipe, I wouldn’t let small children (who may try to eat it) play with it. Instead, I recommend making homemade playdough (also easy and can be made in less than 10 minutes.)

Homemade Gak Recipe - less than 5 minutes to make!

Not only is making homemade Gak a cool science experiment, but it’s also just plain fun. My kids play for hours with their homemade Gak.

Ingredients:

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4 ounces school glue
1/2 cup water + 1/4 cup
1/2 teaspoon Borax
food coloring (optional)

*Note: this makes a nice big bunch of Gak; you can easily half the recipe and make two different colors.

Homemade Gak Recipe - less than 5 minutes to make!

How to Make Homemade Gak in 4 Easy Steps

Step 1: Pour the glue into a small container with the 4 ounces of water…

Homemade Gak Recipe - less than 5 minutes to make!

…and mix with a spoon.

Homemade Gak Recipe - less than 5 minutes to make!

Step 2: Add the food coloring…

Homemade Gak Recipe - less than 5 minutes to make!…and stir in well.

Homemade Gak Recipe - less than 5 minutes to make!

Step 3: Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of Borax with 1/4 cup of warm water.

Homemade Gak Recipe - less than 5 minutes to make!

Very important: stir until the borax is completely dissolved.

We didn’t let it dissolve completely one day and that batch was a failure. Oops! 

Homemade Gak Recipe - less than 5 minutes to make!

Step 4: Pour the borax water into the glue mixture.

Homemade Gak Recipe - less than 5 minutes to make!

This is where it gets interesting. At first glance, it may look like your Gak experiment has failed, but stir it up and you’ll see the magic….er chemistry…happen.

Homemade Gak Recipe - less than 5 minutes to make!

Stir the gak until it’s become more solid and is forming around the spoon. Watch and be amazed. It is really cool.

Homemade Gak Recipe - less than 5 minutes to make!

I recommend waiting to handle it until the food coloring is well mixed in. Nathan was a little eager to start playing with his homemade Gak and ended up with slightly blue hands. That and he got excited and added a little too much food coloring to start with. Somehow that shouldn’t have surprised me.

Homemade Gak Recipe - less than 5 minutes to make!

Kids can do so many fun things with Gak. Did you know it will bounce?

Homemade Gak Recipe - less than 5 minutes to make!

At the same time, it will slowly spread.

Homemade Gak Recipe - less than 5 minutes to make!

Homemade Gak Recipe - less than 5 minutes to make!

Have fun making homemade Gak with your kids!

Watch this video, Nathan and I made where he explains more about Gak, also called Rubber Blubber, and demonstrates how it can do cool things, like bounce:

 

Click here for the printable recipe:

Homemade Gak Recipe

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How long does Gak last?

My son’s batch lasted for over a month before he left it out and I threw it away. Haha. I would say a month to be safe, but it would likely be fine for longer. 

2. I can’t find any Borax. Can I still make this recipe?

Borax is an essential ingredient in the consistency of this recipe. Without Borax, I don’t think it would be quite the same. You could definitely give it a try but I just don’t know how it would turn out. On another note, you can find Borax at Walmart, grocery stores, etc. – it’s by the laundry detergent and is pretty cheap too. 

3. Do I need to store the Gak in the refrigerator?

We never refrigerate it and in our experience, it’s lasted at least a month or so. Usually it ends up let out or on the floor and I throw it away first. 

Homemade Gak recipe in Less than 5 minutes

Here’s some more great activities for kids:

Edible Finger Paint - with just two common ingredients, you can make this fun activity anytime for your busy toddler and not worry if they eat it!

Fairy House Craft

Masking Tape Road - this fun activity for kids is great for keeping kids busy on rainy days

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Erika is a happily married mom with four energetic children. With a love for Jesus, photography, organizing, and encouraging other moms, she stays busy and definitely does not have it all together.

Comments

  1. I had no clue you could make this. I buy the kids GAK because they love it. So doing this with them!
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    • I used to buy it too, Nichol. I was so excited when I found this recipe and discovered how easy it is too!
      Thanks for stopping by! :)
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      • I was wondering how long the Gak lasts. I want to make it and separate it into sandwich baggies as party favors for my daughter’s 6th birthday party, but I also want to make sure to put a label on the baggies to let parents know when to toss it. We are also making homemade playdough, with a recipe that lasts up to 3 months.

        • My son’s batch lasted for over a month before he left it out and I threw it away. Haha. I would say a month to be safe, but it would likely be fine for longer. Great idea for party favors! Have fun!
          Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I have got to make this for my oldest!

  3. This looks like so much fun!! And very similar to the recipe we used for homemade bouncy balls last year so I’m sure I still have all of the ingredients on hand.
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  4. My boys love GAK! We are going to make this as soon as school gets out for summer next week! They are super excited!
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  5. This is awesome. Perfect for a summer activity for my children. Thanks for sharing.
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  6. My son would love this! We’ll have to make some this summer!

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  9. David Smith says:

    My son used to like this stuff when he was younger. If I had known that we could make it ourselves, that would have been fun to make with him and we would have saved a little money since every school year we always found glue for dirt cheap. Thanks for the recipe and info.

  10. Hi! I would love to make this for my children, but I can’t get any Borax. Is it necessary? My kids are so sad, please say we don’t need it!! Please respond :)

    Sandy
    Mom of 6 kids (A lot, right?)

    • Sandy, thanks for stopping by! Borax is actually an essential ingredient in the consistency. Without Borax, I don’t think it would be quite the same. You could definitely give it a try but I just don’t know how it would turn out. On another note, you can find Borax at Walmart, grocery stores, etc. – it’s by the laundry detergent and is pretty cheap too. Hope that helps!
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  11. I’d love to watch the video of Nathan playing with the Gak, but when I click on it, it just says, “This video is private” :(

  12. I just made this for my kids. Especially my son who has Autism and uses GAK at school on a daily basis. I was wondering of it needs to be refrigerated or kept out at room temperature? As how long will it last in the containers?

    Thank you, Melissa

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