Gak Attack, Ahead.

The forecast for June? Awesomely messy. In Ooey Gooey Science we’ll play, learn and discover. And we’ll make scientific advancements using the base elements of mud, slime, goo and clay.

Here’s the schedule for all of our Steam Camp Kids summer camps — each of which will be taught at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in central Austin (Links: Map / Registration).

June 1-5
9 am – 12 pm Ooey Gooey Science
1 pm – 4 pm I Spy!

June 8-12
9 am – 12 pm We are Superheroes
1 pm – 4 pm Crazy Concoctions

June 15-19
9 am – 12 pm Kitchen Kids
1 pm – 4 pm Magic Tree House Adventures #1 – Dinosaurs Before Dark

June 22-26
9am – 12 pm Food Lab
1 pm – 4 pm Magic Tree House Adventures #2 – Knights at Dawn

June 29-July 3
9am – 12 pm How Sweet It Is!
1 pm – 4 pm Bees, Bugs & Butterflies

July 6-10
9am – 12 pm Camp Olympics 2020
1 pm – 4 pm Ooey Gooey Kitchen

Visit SteamCampKids.com

Now back to the gak attack. Here’s a great homemade gak recipe I found on PBS for Parents — you’ll need:

  • Plastic tub or bin
  • Glass bowl
  • Glue
  • Warm water
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Borax (Borax is soap, and it’s toxic. Please be mindful of this if using with young children.)
  • Scissors (optional)

Directions:

  1. Have your child squeeze about 4 ounces of glue into a glass bowl.
  2. Mix in 4 ounces of warm water.
  3. Your child can add food coloring, if desired.
  4. Mix 1 teaspoon of Borax into 1/2 cup of water and slowly add the solution to the glue mixture.
  5. Stir the Borax solution until the slime starts to come together. (You might not need all of the Borax solution.)
  6. Have your child knead the gak. At first it will be really wet and gooey, then stringy and sloppy, until it finally holds together. Ask your child, “What does the gak feel like?” “How is it changing as you continue to work with it?”
  7. Let your child continue kneading until they have one easy-to-manipulate mass of slime.
  8. When your child is finished with the gak, store it in a sealable container or Ziploc bag for about two weeks. It may begin to develop an odor by then.

Gak. Not just a summer thing.