Rainy Day With Kids? Go Make Some Goo

It’s been raining here almost nonstop for days. I’m not complaining, just trying not to go crazy with my twin eight-year-olds now that we are finished with school🙂

Let’s see…we ate breakfast, played instruments, cleaned up some, did some laundry, read some of our book, ate lunch, watched a little tv, had quiet time, played board games – and it’s only 2:00 p.m.

A quick search through last month’s Family Fun magazine and I knew what we could do.

Make some goo.

It’s incredibly easy to make. Just mix together:

  • 3/4 C of warm water
  • 1 C of white glue (44 cents for two bottles from my back-to-school supply stash)
  • a few drops of green (or other color) food coloring

In another bowl, combine:

  • 4 tsp of borax (found in the laundry detergent aisle)
  • 1 1/3 C warm water

Pour the contents from the first bowl into the second and let it sit for one minute without stirring.

Then you have a couple of happy campers:

Joey with goo

Hmmm…I’m not sure why he has that sinister smile on his face…

Jack with goo

This kept them occupied for a total of 45 minutes. To which I said, “Thank you, Jesus!”

My only rule was that they had to stay at the table. And amazingly, they did.

I was so giddy that I a whole 45 minutes of uninterrupted time that I made up a corny little rhyme…

What do you do

when you can’t go outside?

Make some goo

and keep your kids occupied.

Ok, enough with the silly rhymes from this sleep-deprived mom. Just keep this trick in your back pocket when your kids are really bored and you are really desperate!

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  1. We love Goo! We made that this winter. I actually made a couple of batches and sent some for each child in Emerson’s preschool class for her half birthday celebration! 🙂 Such fun – and even better when it entertains them for 45 minutes! 🙂

  2. http://ucreatewithkids.blogspot.com/2011/03/tutorial-make-cardboard-catupult.html
    Thought of you and the boys when I saw this. I don’t know if it would be too boring for them though. The goo looks fun!


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