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Rainy Day? Get Your Goo On

Yesterday we had some much-needed rain in
our area; thunderstorms all night and morning, giving the plants
the water they need but keeping me and Cora inside on one of our
precious few Cora and Mommy days.

But when the day is rainy outside, that just means it’s the
perfect day for stirring something up inside.

We did plenty of baking yesterday: we made a double batch of the
girls’ favorite (and very healthy) breakfast cookies; a batch
of raspberry granola bars; and a batch of dark chocolate, low-sugar
granola bars (those are mine, so keep your mitts off). We also
tested an extremely cool href="http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2012/03/the-battle-for-a-no-fail-nourishing-popover.html"
target="_blank">wheat-free popover recipe
that we both

But by far the best recipe of the day was the recipe for Goo.

Cora’d made some goo in school on
Monday and came home begging to make a home version. Luckily for
me, I’d already set aside one I’d found that is
apparently identical to what Cora made, as she nodded
enthusiastically and said, “Yes! That’s RIGHT!
That’s what you do next!” every step of the way. The
whole thing takes maybe five minutes and she’s been playing
happily with the stuff ever since.

Caveat – the recipe contains borax, which I am 100% fine
using in our house for cleaning. But I don’t believe it
should be swallowed, so don’t make this with your kids unless
they understand completely that you SHOULD NOT EAT THE GOO. And
also? I kept the goo on the wood floors, avoiding the carpet. But
just be prepared to have a little fun. It’s goo!

Homemade Goo

Combine one cup of white glue (that’s two four-ounce bottles
of Elmer’s Glue) with ¾ cup warm water in a bowl.

In a second bowl, combine four teaspoons of borax with 1 1/3 cup
warm water, allowing the borax to dissolve.

Add the first bowl – with the white glue – to the
second bowl and let it sit without stirring for one minute.

You now have goo.

You’ll find a thin layer of water on top of it, which will
gradually be absorbed as the kids play with the goo. When all the
extra water’s gone and the goo starts to dry out – it
sticks to them less – you can just add more water. I poured
the goo and some extra water into a gallon Ziploc and Cora
periodically takes it out for fun.

Edible? No. But a great recipe to whip up on a rainy day?

You betcha.


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