Is it a solid? Is it a liquid? Just what is this slimy, stringy, rubbery stuff? It's GAK!
We've been making homemake GAK for years and years. My kids love this slimy stuff so much. Once my kids pick it up they can't put in down. What could be better than getting a package of Gak to play with for more hours than I could possible count. The new Nickelodeon Gak makes playtime and clean up a cinch for my family. Gak has a new formula that makes it easier to use and less messy than ever before.
Naturally, I turned playing with Gak into a unit study on polymers. Basically, a polymer is a long chain of molecules. Polymers are made out of long strands of molecules (think like a long wet noodle). If the long molecules slide past each other easily, then the substance acts like a liquid because the molecules flow. If the molecules stick together at a few places along the strand, then the substance behaves like a rubbery solid.
Gak has an unusual texture and the ability to make wacky sounds by squeezing it into plastic cups. We choose different objects to squeeze Gak into to see what types of sounds we could create. We took turns to see who could stretch Gak to the longest length. Then the children took turns blowing Gak bubbles to see who could create the largest Gak bubble. The last test we ran on Gak was to make balls into different shapes and see whose ball would bounce the highest. Fortunately, my foyer is 18 feet high! Gak is a great visual tool for introducing my kids to the properties of polymers.
Floam has been in my home before. I can say in all honesty, I didn't really care for it. I was skeptical on getting some more packages of Floam again. However, I have been converted to a Floam fan. The new Nickelodeon Floam is an incredible, reusable molding compound designed to encourage creative expression. Mold, Fold, Flatten and roll new Nickelodeon Floam into any creation imaginable.
Which is exactly what my kids did. We used Floam during our Art period (of course, I used Floam for school too!!) Texturized Floam can be squeezed, squashed, flattened and molded for hours of sculpting activity. It can be used to create free-form sculptures from scratch, or Floam can be molded onto common household item to transform almost anything inot a colorful Floam masterpiece.
We used Floam to create Henri Matisse masterpieces, recreated with our own interpretations.
Disclosure: Products received from TeamMom and Nickelodeon for review purposes. My opinions are my own.