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Great Balls of Goop

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    New York Hall of Science

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Great Balls of Goop

In this activity, learners mix white craft glue and borax solution together to produce a surprising new material: GOOP! Sometimes when two substances are combined the properties of the substances change. In this case, the properties of the new substance are unlike the original glue or borax solution, and the substance behaves in a very unusual way.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • White craft glue
  • Craft stick
  • Borax
  • 2 paper cups
  • Water
  • Measuring spoons
  • Clean-up materials (paper towels, soap)
  • Zipper top plastic baggies or small plastic container


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Reactions
      • Solutions
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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  • Free access


Source Collection:

  • TryScience


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