Kid Concoctions – Gooey Gunk

July 12, 2007

It’s been confirmed, our library is the absolute best. During the summer, they have these free shows for kids. Wonderful Wednesdays are shows geared toward elementary kids – they’ll have people come in with birds of prey, or magicians, or some kind of entertainer. Fabulous Fridays is geared toward preschoolers. It is usually an interactive band or clown or magician. They’ve all been fabulous performers – and our auditorium is about 6 years old and is pristine.

Yesterday, we had Danita and John Thomas of Kid Concoctions. They’ve written 4 best selling books on how to projects for kids like making your own slime, playdoh, and all kinds of things. They are featured on PBS, Discovery Channel etc. They were absolutely engaging – and are even more charming in person than on TV.

They’ll be releasing a Kid Concoctions Cookbook – on QVC, for Christmas in July – on July 25th. Watch for them – they’re a fabulous family run business.

Oh and as for the confirmation, Danita and John travel all around the world putting on little shows – and they said ours was one of the finest facilities they’d ever been to!!!


Here’s one recipe they created and said it was fine to post on our blog!

This is the first concoction they created over 10 years ago and it is the project that made their first book a bestseller.

GOOEY GUNK (This is the SLIME of our childhood – you know the one that came in the green trashcan?)
Solution A 1 cup water 1 cup white glue 2 Tbs. liquid tempera paint or 7-10 drops food coloring
Solution B 1 1/3 cup warm water 4 tsp. borax laundry booster (available at Walmart for about 1.75 box)

HOW TO CONCOCT IT: Mix ingredients in solution A together in a medium bowl. In a second medium bowl, mix the ingredients in solution B together until the borax is completely dissolved. Slowly pour solution A into solution B (Do not mix!) Roll solution a around in solution B 4-5 times. Lift solution A out of solution B and knead for 2-3 minutes. Store Gunk in an airtight container or plastic zip bag.
CONCOCTION TIPS & IDEAS: Use red liquid tempera paint/food coloring to create Lava Gunk, green to create Slimy Gunk, or black to create Tar Gunk.



  1. When I had mono this past winter, this gooey gunk is what got us through. They made so much of this stuff in so many different colors, and then experimented with it endlessly. Now I know who to thank!

  2. What does it look like?? (besides gooey, that is…)

  3. It is Slime – lots of Slime. . . The 90’s version was called GAK.

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