How to Make Goopy Gak

First gather all of your ingredients.

~2 cups of warm water (not too hot or the gak wont set up correctly)

~1 tbsp. of Borax powder (found in the grocery store w/ laundry or cleaning supplies)

~1 cup Elmer’s Glue All liquid glue (the school glue formula doesn’t work as nicely)

~1 qt. size Ziploc bag

~1 gallon size Ziploc bag

~Optional – tempera paint for color or glitter to add sparkle.

Now that you have gathered your supplies we are ready to get start making our goopy gak.  Have fun!

How to make the perfect gak come to life.

  1. Measure out 1 cup of warm water, and pour into the quart size Ziploc.
  2. Add to this bag the 1 tbsp. of Borax powder.
  3. Zip closed and mix up until the Borax had dissolved. Set aside. *Nothing else goes in this bag.


     4. Measure out 1 cup of water and pour into gallon sized Ziploc.

     5. Measure out 1 cup of Elmer’s Glue and pour into the gallon sized Ziploc with the water.

     6. Optional- add in your squirt of tempera paint or glitter to the gallon bag now.   *It will       not mix in properly if you change your mind and try to add some later on.          

     7.Close bag and mix thoroughly.

    8.Pour the Borax mixture into the gallon sized bag with the glue mixture.

     9.Seal bag and MIX…. MIX…. Mix this bag. You should see and feel it begin to come together almost immediately. 

     10. If the gak doesn’t seem to be soaking up all the liquid, pour in into a container (I used the  blue bin pictured above). This helps it to get some air and continue to come together. 

TADA!!! You made gak. 

Place your finished product into the gallon sized baggie or get a new one. Store it in this bag. Should keep for up to a month depending on how many hands have played in it and whether there have been any accidental sneezes into it. J

*Do NOT play with gak on a wooden surface as it will remove the finish. If gak becomes stuck to clothes it will wash out, however, not from carpet or couches easily. I have kiddos play with it on a plastic tablecloth or a tray.

******Disclaimer****** Please do not have children play unsupervised with this product. It can be a choking risk or if ingested may make them sick due to the glue and soap. Thank you!

Special thanks to Ms. Joy for sharing her perfect goopy gak recipe with us, and to Ashlyn for demonstrating for our pictures.

Blog by: Laney London, COTA/L, IMC

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What is Occupational Therapy?

- Occupational therapy helps children, who may be challenged by various conditions to participate in their “occupations”.  It assists with establishing and maintaining health, wellness, and maximizing quality of life through child and family-centered practices.  Pediatric occupational therapy promotes function and remediates disability, provides support and education to families, and integrates well with additional health care providers.


What does Occupational Therapy work on?

- Occupational therapy works on a variety of skills specific to each child we treat.

-  Fine motor, gross motor, visual motor/perceptual skills, handwriting, school reading and readiness; self-care skills, oral-motor skills, sensory integration, receptive language, expressive language, auditory processing skills, activities of daily living (ADL’s), and self-regulation/sensory modulation.
This list is not all-inclusive, but hopefully you have the idea!

What is my child’s occupation?

-Grow, explore, learn, and play! Play is the most important childhood occupation. Through play a child develops physical coordination, emotional maturity (including emotional adjustment, stability and self-regulation), social skills to interact with peers, and self-esteem to explore new experiences and environments.

-Become independent with ADL’s i.e. dressing, feeding, bathing etc.

-Participate in school and extra-curricular activities

What is sensory integration?

-Sensory integration refers to the process of the nervous system receiving messages from within the body and from the external environment and turns into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. For most of us, this sensory integration process occurs at an unconscious level. For others, this process happens inefficiently causing them to have great difficulty figuring out what is going on inside and outside their bodies.

-Sensory Dysfunction may present as defensiveness to the environment or stimuli i.e. gagging, light sensitivity, tags in clothing are bothersome, covers ears when loud sounds are present, does not accept hugs even when they like someone, irrational fear of heights, etc. Some additional signs of a child being unable to regulate/modulate themselves can be: inability to calm self after exercise or emotional situation, jumping or spinning excessively, flapping of hands when excited, over or under responsive to stimuli, displays excessive emotional or behavioral outbursts, etc.

Who should seek Occupational Therapy services?

-Children with or without a specific diagnosis.

-Exceptionalities we work with include, but are not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, genetic disorders, Cerebral Palsy, learning disabilities, developmental delay, and sensory integration disorders.

What ages qualify for services at your facility?

-0 – 18 years old.

  For more information please call 941-360-0200 or visit