Dixie Cup Goop

A great activity for any kid’s party.  My children request to make “goop” for every birthday party.  I’ve even organized this for the Valentine’s Day party for our large homeschool group.  About 2 years ago I bought the Borax and Elmer’s glue in bulk size on Amazon, and it has lasted me in good stead.  For my kids’ birthday parties, we work around the kitchen table (which has a plastic cover).  In the center of the table, I put out the Elmer’s glue, a large bowl of warm water with a 1/4 measuring cup in it, and a bowl of Borax powder with a 1/4 teaspoon measure in it.  To start them off, I usually pour the glue into the Dixie cup for them and then let them measure out the water, Borax, and put in the food coloring.

Dixie Cup Goop for One Person

  • 2 Dixie cups, 5 ounce size
  • White glue, about 2 ounces (I don’t measure, I fill the Dixie cup up about half-way)wpid-IMAG0285.jpg
  • 1/2 cup warm water, DIVIDED USAGE
  • Food coloring drops
  • 1/4 teaspoonful Borax laundry detergent powder  (break up any chunks as much as you can)
  • 2 wooden popsicle sticks (or spoons)
  • Small-medium sized bowl about the size of a cereal bowl


1.  Give each child 2 Dixie cups.

2.  Fill one Dixie cup half-way full of white glue and add 1/4 cup of warm water.  Add a couple of drops of food coloring if desired.  Use popsicle stick (or spoon) to stir and mix well.  Set aside.  If you’re helping other kids, to buy yourself time, tell all the kids it is SUPER important to stir a long time.  It does help the experiment, and it also buys you time to get everyone on their way.

3.  Fill the other Dixie cup with 1/4 teaspoonful Borax powder and 1/4 cup of warm water.  Stir well with your other popsicle stick (don’t use the same one or the reaction will start too early), trying to dissolve the Borax as much as possible.  Again, as you may be helping lots of kids measure, remind them of how important it is to stir, stir, stir.

4.  Transfer the glue/water mixture to the bowl, and then pour the Borax/water mixture into it.  Stir, stir, and stir.  A rubbery mess will begin wpid-IMAG0272.jpgforming.  Water will separate out.  Once there seems to be a good, rubbery gob, it’s time to put the stick/spoon down and knead the goop with your bare hands.  Squeeze out the liquid, and pour liquid out of the bowl as needed.  As the goop is handled and massaged, it will become a discrete goop and not so slippery.  Eventually, and it may take several minutes, the goop will be smooth, rubbery, and not wet.

5.  Store in a plastic baggie or a small jar.



1.  Try to make sure there are no lumps in the Borax powder.

2.  Don’t let the kids throw it on the ceiling, walls, or floors.  It stains.

3.  Don’t let them get it in their hair.

4.  Make sure hands are washed well after making and after playing with it.  Borax is a chemical.

5.  Stir all steps well.  The key is stirring well so the glue is dissolved and the Borax is dissolved.

6.  Borax can be found at Wal-Mart usually too.

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