Summer Series–“Frozen” Glitter Gak

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Hey guys!  Thanks for stopping by!  Every Tuesday this summer I will be sharing a project to do with your kids.  This is my attempt to keep my sanity by keeping my kids happy!  I’m sure all of the posts will be things we find off of Pinterest so be sure to go to the links I provide to check out the genius behind all of these fun projects!

So, are your kids on summer vacation yet?  My kiddo has been on vacation for about two weeks now but they have been a crappy two weeks so we are just now getting into a good groove.  The flu decided to weasel it’s way into our happy little home and it refused to leave for two weeks.  So glad that’s over!  But now we are in vacation mode, which means, fight mode!  With 3 kids in the house it is so important to keep them busy so we make it to the end of the summer with the same number of kidlets!!  I’m pretty sure if I didn’t keep my girls occupied my son would want to pack up and run away haha.  But never fear!  With the powers of Pinterest it is so easy to keep them busy and not break the bank.  One project we love to make is Gak.  We found a pin a few years ago from Lil Luna and tried it out and it has been our go to recipe ever since.  You can go view her post by clicking here.  Apparently she is in AZ, too, trying to beat the heat.  Maybe we should be pals.  Lil Luna, if you are reading this can we our kids have a play date?  Now, let’s move on from me being an internet creep and get into some Gak, shall we?

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So recently we decided to see what all the fuss with Frozen was about.  I must say, it’s so adorable!  I’m almost tempted to move back to freezing North Dakota just so I can have my own Olaf.  Almost!  Instead of going back to freeze in North Dakota, we decided to make our Gak Frozen themed.  With the help of some purple food coloring and lots of glitter we ended up with this!

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If you’ve never made this stuff you are missing out.  It’s super cheap, super easy, fun to play with, and keeps the kids busy for hours!  My girls were literally playing with this for 2 hours.  And we will be able to play with it some more because it keeps really well in a Ziploc bag.  Just squeeze the air out.  I’m not sure how long because we usually end up tossing ours after playing with it a few times.  But here is how you can make your own.

Pour two bottles of Elmer’s glue into a bowl.  Fill the empty bottles with water, shake them up, and pour them into the bowl with the glue.

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Stir that up and then add your food coloring and glitter if you are using it.  Mix it up well.

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Now is the fun part when it turns from colored, watered down glue into Gak.  You will mix half of a cup of warm water with a teaspoon of borax.  Mix that into the mixture and it will pretty much immediately turn into Gak.  Stir it as much as you can and then get in there with your hands!  The more you squish it and play with it the better it will get.

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This is the point of the process were we pretty much lose my son.  He came back to touch it once.  It went something like this.  Ewwwww, that’s gross.  And then he was gone.

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But that’s okay.  He still has a lot of fun pouring in glue and stirring it and my girls love playing with it so in the end I have 3 happy kids.  I have fun with it too!  This stuff is so fun and I love how it sort of “melts” when it sits.  These started as little balls that were lined up.

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And look how fun it is when you stretch it.

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The only thing I am bummed about was the glitter.  We used a crap ton (yes, this is an actual measurement) of glitter but it really didn’t sparkle like we had hoped.  It was still a ton of fun though.  For just a couple of dollars you can have fun with your kids and give them something to do for hours.  We love playing around with different colors.  Word on the streets is next time we make Gak we are making green, purple, and pink.  What can I say?  These people know what they want!  Well I hope you guys get busy making something fun.  I would love to hear some other ideas!  Come back to visit soon!!

~Steph

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