Lava Goo


Yesterday, we made some crazy lava goo.  We got the recipe from The Ultimate Book of Kid Concoctions by John E. & Danita Thomas. It was very quick and easy and the boys played with it for at least an hour before it was time to clean up for snacks.

We started with two solutions
A: 1 cup water, 1 cup school glue, 2 Tbsp liquid tempera paint (or food color)
B: 1 1/3 cups water, 4 tsp Borax

Pour solution A into solution B without stirring. Roll solution A around 4 or 5 times and lift out of solution B. Knead for 2 to 3 mins and store in a plastic bag or airtight container.

Here is what it looks like when Solution A is poured into solution B – very cool! It all just globs together!

forming goo

Here, Ian is mixing the goo.

Ian mixing goo

And here are some shots of the boys playing with the new lava goo.

new goo

goo play1

Elijah plays with goo

goo balloon


We discovered all sorts of interesting properties about the goo. It stretches, but it also breaks. We can roll it thin and blow it into bubbles. We can put it up to our lips and make all kinds of delightfully gross noises. We made scary zombie hands and silly droopy tongues. They found it most hilarious to “rip” Brian’s droopy tongue off.  It was a hit. The boys scored this one a three out of three for awesomeness.

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