Tuesday, January 18, 2011


No it's not Gwyneth Paltrow's website, but a homemade concoction for the kids to play with. We've been talking about alien stuff and watching alien movies (kid ones) all week so we made some gross stuff. Goop is cool because it is pliable, cool to the touch, but it is not wet, it's like play dough, but after you've squished it into shape, it flattens again back to its original form. It is NOT edible. The other thing I made after giving into the kids' begging, was green jello. I put a cup of green grapes in it to give it some extra funk and when I pulled it out to serve, the kids pretended to be excited about it, but really they were horrified. It was hilarious. The kids would not eat that jello for anything. When I jabbed it with a spoon and it jiggled, they ran screaming. I guess I haven't exposed them to jello much. Or maybe it was the grapes making their imaginations run wild.

You will need two bowls.

Bowl 1:
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 cups white glue
food coloring

Mix together and set aside.

Bowl 2:
2 cups Borax
1 1/3 cups warm water

Pour the glue mixture into the Borax mixture. Mix with your hands and try to get rid of all the clumps. Store in airtight container or plastic bag. If the mixture starts to get clumpy and dry you just squish it around until pliable again. Eventually it dries out and gets flaky and that's when you know it's time to throw it out.

It does remind me however, of one of my favorite scenes from one of my favorite movies, Better Off Dead:


Dori said...

We love this stuff!!

And "Better off Dead" gets quoted on a daily basis around here...maybe even more than Star Wars!

mrs. fuzz said...

Why does that even surprise me

1. That you guys love goop and
2. That Better Off Dead gets quoted on a daily basis around your place. :)

there's always an appropriate time here to quote this movie. HF and I will be peeling potatoes or something and I'll say, "So you're al meyers kid huh? You look pretty stupid to me."

I actually don't know too many people that are familiar with it. Have you found that to be the same with you?

Jenn said...

I can't believe you found that clip! I have been looking for it forever!

Dori said...

It's the perfect go-to quote movie...

You need directions?
"Go that way. Really fast. Then turn!"

I think as our kids age and start watching some of these movies and it dawns on them that we really rarely used original material, they're going to feel slighted. Because I totally parent in movie quotes.