20 Mule Team Borax Paper cups
Elmer’s Glue-All Plastic spoons
Water Plastic plates
1. An adult should mix together 2 cups of glue and 1-1/2 cups of water in a bowl, stirring well.
2. Dissolve 4 teaspoons Borax in 1-1/3 cups water. (This amount of glue mixture and Borax solution is enough for 18 children)
3. Pour 3 tablespoons glue mixture into each child’s cup.
4. Give each child a plastic spoon, a plastic (not paper) plate, and a cup of the glue mixture.
5. Let the children add 2 or 3 drops of food color to their glue mixture. Have them stir it well.
6. The adult should pour one tablespoon of the Borax solution into each child’s cup.
7. Have them immediately stir the contents thoroughly.
8. Once a solid mass is formed, empty it out onto a plastic plate where the child can squeeze the substance to remove excess moisture.
9. Let children play with this newly made material. When finished playing with the stuff, keep it in an air-tight container. It will eventually grow mold and need to be thrown away.
Warning: Borax is a toxic material and should not be ingested. Make sure this squeezable stuff is kept off clothing and carpets because it will stick to the fibers.
When the two liquids are combined, their separate properties join to create a solid.