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Elisabeth & Stephen

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Rainy Day? Get Your Goo On Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 March 2012

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 wheat-free popover recipe that we both loved.

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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