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Aside from baking in the kitchen, why not make a little mess and have fun with the kids? Here is a cheap and quick activity to whip up that can be perfect for play dates with your toddler, a rainy day activity, or a ‘stay inside’ because it is too blisteringly hot outside for the kids to play – making goop!

How to make it educational?
Making goop is a great scientific experiment. Kids are fascinated to see three ingredients that when mixed together behave completely different than either one of them did by itself.

Mix up a bowl of Gloop Goop, a mysterious matter that kids can shape into balls or let ooze from their fingers.

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Simple Recipe of Gloop Goop – Here’s how:
* Pour one cup water into a large mixing bowl.
* Add a few drops of food coloring (any color).
* Slowly stir in two cups of cornstarch (use a spoon at first, but you may eventually find it’s easier with your hands).

Goop Recipe
This goop recipe is a little more involved than the first one and since it uses borax, you should caution the kids to be careful when handling it.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 tablespoon of white craft glue
  • 
1 ½ teaspoons of borax
  • 2 paper cups 
water
  • Food coloring (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pour the glue in one of the paper cups. Add a tablespoon of water and stir until the two are mixed well.
  2. For different colors of goop, add a few drops of food coloring to the glue and water mixture before moving to the next step.
  3. Mix the borax with four tablespoons of water in the second paper cup. Add one tablespoon of this mixture to the glue and water mixture in the first paper cup. If the glue mixture doesn’t turn into a gel, add another tablespoon of the borax mixture to it.
  4. Take the gel out of the paper cup and roll it with your hands until it firms up a little. The goop is ready to play with.
  5. Make sure the kids wash their hands when they are done playing with the goop.

Note: The borax goop experiment is also a good exercise in following directions. The goop won’t turn out right, if they do not follow the recipe exactly.

Give this a try! It may get a little messy, but that’s what makes it fun and interesting for your kids. What kid doesn’t like something icky, sticky and goopy that they can squish between their fingers?

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Miranda in Flamingo Bay (left) and Sophia in Strawberry Fields

Miranda in Flamingo Bay (left) and Sophia in Strawberry Fields

A couple of weekends ago, we drove down to Southern California to attend a baby shower I’d been invited to. Knowing that the weather there is always much warmer than the San Francisco, I packed summer wear—mostly le•top outfits—since it’ll be awhile before we really get to wear them here in the Bay Area. We met up with my cousin and her kids at a park so that my daughter (Miranda) and her daughter (Sophia) could get some play time. They’re like sisters, these two. We call them “Double Trouble.” They’re both bossy and like to pick on the boys.

I was delighted to see Sophia in the le•top Strawberry Fields dress that I sent to her as a birthday gift. Meanwhile, Miranda was decked out in my favorite le•top collection, Flamingo Bay. What’s fabulous is, that although these outfits are from two different collections, they complement each other very well! Perfect for sisters, twins, cousins, friends — who like to dress alike but not exactly the same.

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