GAK: 5 BENEFITS AND A RECIPE

Remember Gak?

That slimy, icky stuff that for some reason we loved as kids?

Well, we just made a new batch of Gak at POTS and here is why:

1. Touch Processing

When little hands explore and experience a variety of textures and temperatures (ever notice that Gak is always a little bit cold and wet?) tactile processing in the hands is enhanced.

 

2Strengthening

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Manipulating materials of various shapes, sizes and resistance gives opportunities for different muscles in the hand to develop.

 

 

 

 

3. Creativity: Amorphous and open-ended materials such as Gak, Play-Doh and shaving cream allow children to really work their imaginations.

What can I do with this stuff?   Mix!   Bounce!   Squeeze!   Twist!

 

 What can I create?   Melting monster blood!   A snot tower!   Slime bubbles!

   

Check out this little girl’s ideas  here

And if you make your own gak…

 4Sequencing: Help your child make a list of materials, organize them and sequence the project. Encourage your child to decide what you materials you need for each step and what comes first, second and third.

 

 

 

 

5. Bilateral Coordination: Mixing ingredients requires the two sides of the body to work together; one hand stabilizes the bowl while the other mixes

 

 

OKAY, NOW LETS MAKE SOME GAK!

You Will Need:

2 cups of glue  (An 8oz bottle of Elmers glue will do)

2 tsp Borax – this is a powdered soap from the grocery store

Food coloring

1.5 cups water

1 cup HOT water

 

Instructions:

  1. Combine glue, 1.5 cups water and food coloring in a bowl
  2. Dissolve borax in cup of hot water in larger bowl
  3. Slowly add the glue mixture to the soap mixture
  4. Mix well (this will be tough, so extra strengthening for little arms)
  5. Pour out excess water
  6. Let stand for about 10 minutes
  7. IT IS READY TO USE!
  8. Be sure to store in a baggie so it doesn’t dry out

Special thanks to our office manager, Maria, who created the Gak  for POTS when some of our more tactile defensive occupational therapists could not tolerate it!

 

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