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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Boys of Summer Series: Ooey-Gooey Bags

 Yay!  My Boys of Summer Series is back!  You can check out last year's here.  Basically once a week I will share a fun activity or craft for the little boys in your life (totally fine for girls too!).

I originally found this recipe from FamilyFun.com and knew I had to try this with my boys.   Although I don't mind getting messy with my kids, a "clean" activity is always welcomed.

What you need:
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 4 cups cold water
- food coloring
- 2 gallon ziploc bags (this recipe is enough to make 2 bags)
- duct tape

Place all the cornstarch, sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat.  Stir continuously.   You will notice it start to thicken after 5-7 minutes.  It goes from being watery to a gooey consistency.  Take the saucepan off the heat and continue to stir for another minute or two.  Let it cool off for 30-60 minutes.

Then scoop out half and place it in a bowl and do the same with the other half in another bowl.  Add food coloring to one bowl and a different color to the other and mix it in. 
I decided to use blue and yellow so when they mixed it would make green! It's Hudson's favorite color.
Then divide each color into the ziploc bags. Press the air out, close it and seal with duct tape (like top picture).  Make sure the duct tape goes all the way across. Learned the hard way that if they get a little crazy with it, the seal can break.  Let them have fun!

The texture of this stuff is a little more fun than the similar "paint in a bag".  Hudson loved squishing it and turning it green.  Parker, who doesn't really like getting dirty, liked poking and hitting it.  Cool thing, it can last up to a week!

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