Sensory Play- Glitter Doughy Gak

Glitter Doughy Gak is a super AWESOME non-Newtonian fluid (something with a unique set of properties). When you apply pressure to it, it forms a solid that can be squished and squeezed but when you take that pressure away, BOOM- it turns into a slimy liquid.

It was a bit too hot to play outside on Saturday arvo so I rounded up the kids (Miss I and N) and chucked them in the lounge with some Glitter Doughy Gak and they were happy campers. One minute they were rolling it into balls and the next they were sticking it to their noses and letting it drip off. Do you see why I used the word “kids”? Sigh! The squeals and funny noises coming from Miss I were hilarious and good ole’ dad got in there and added a bit of silliness to the afternoons activity in the form of a melting Michael Jackson nose. RIP MJ.

Glittery Doughy Gak is super easy to make and will give you at least enough time to have a cup of tea before you have to clean up the mess. I highly suggest buying cornflour in bulk as once your kids get their hands on the first batch, they’ll want more. Make sure to get your kid/s in with you to help make this as it is a bit of a chemistry and physics lesson all rolled into one!

What you’ll need
– 2 1/4 cups cornflour
– 1/2 c clear shampoo
– Food colouring
– 6-10 TBSP water
– Glitter
– a medium sized bowl for mixing
– a tray for playing
– a clean bin bag or plastic sheet for covering floor/tiles etc
optional- toys/figurines for imprints.

What to do
– Place your cornflour into a bowl and give it a quick whisk with a fork.
– Measure out 1/2 cup of shampoo and if you’re wanting to add some colour, now is the time! Pop in your food colouring and mix until combined.
– Pour your coloured shampoo into your cornflour and stir until it is all crumbly.
– Add your water, ONE Tbsp at a time, mixing well after each addition. There isn’t much wriggle room when it comes to making this as one Tbsp over can make your Glitter Doughy Gak too watery and it won’t hold its shape. You’ll want to add enough water so that the mix has shiny look to it and can keep its shape when rolled into a ball. It took 8 Tbsp to get ours to the right consistency.
– Once you’ve got the Doughy Gak where it needs to be, transfer it to a tray for playing and sprinkle in some glitter. Add in some toys if you wish and you’re good to go!

This can get a bit messy so I do strongly advise putting something down to protect the surface! You might find that it will start to dry out after a while. If this happens, just wet your hands a little with some water and get back into it. If you’re wanting to store it to play with the next day, then add a 1/4 of a tsp of water to an airtight container and it will be ready to go! When you’re ready to dispose of it, pop it into your bin as you don’t wanna pour it down the drain!

If you’re in the area that is celebrating Auckland anniversary, then happy long weekend to us! If you’re not/the rest of the world… then… happy regular weekend!



Glitter Doughy Gak by Hey Little Sweet Thing
Glitter Doughy Gak by Hey Little Sweet Thing

Glitter Doughy Gak by Hey Little Sweet Thing

Glitter Doughy Gak by Hey Little Sweet Thing

Glitter Doughy Gak by Hey Little Sweet Thing
Glitter Doughy Gak by Hey Little Sweet Thing

Glitter Doughy Gak by Hey Little Sweet Thing

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