CASA of CGS shows you how to have a squishy good time!

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“Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.”
― Garrison Keillor

At CASA of CGS, our primary focus is preventing child abuse and neglect, being a voice for abused and neglected children and to advocate for every child to be placed in a safe, permanent home as quickly as possible. But, we also feel that family, togetherness and allowing a child to reach his or her fullest potential is imperative to the growing process.

With the summer rapidly approaching, many parents will be faced with tons of requests to do things and a guaranteed, frequent statement of “I’m bored!”

If you’re like me, you run out of ideas quickly! With the economy the way it is, many of us don’t have the resources to go on extravagant vacations or aren’t able to take that much time off of work. But, our children can still have a blast at home.

One of the great things about South Jersey is that we have an abundance of nature to explore and some really great free things to do like visiting our local zoo, and lots of parks and nature reserves.

I’ll be featuring some ideas that I’ve found to be especially helpful with entertaining kids on a budget through the course of the summer.

As a mom of all boys, I’ve become accustomed to getting my hands dirty. I wanted to find an activity that would not only be slimy and fun, but educational as well.

Don’t worry, girls will love this activity, too!

After scouring the internet, I came across Flubber. The picture of blue, oozing, goop caught my eye immediately.

OMSIForKids_Flubber_720x420After looking at the ingredients, I knew this was it! Not only did I have almost every ingredient on hand, the ones I did have to purchase were extremely inexpensive.

So, we created a monstrous bowl of flubber. It looks and even sounds cool. The boys had a blast making it and definitely enjoyed playing with it long after we finished squishing the ingredients around in the bowl.

The best part? It’s educational!

How?

Flubber is a polymer made by a chemical reaction. Polymers are very long chains of repeating units. When the two solutions are combined, polyvinyl acetate chains (a polymer from the white glue) are linked together in a 3-dimensional arrangement by borate ions (from the Borax) and other chemical bonds. This produces the thick, sticky polymer called Flubber.

 

How to Make Flubber at Home:

The Ingredients


3 cups Warm Water
2 cups Elmer’s White Glue
Liquid Water Color (food coloring stains)
20 Mule Team Borax, available in the grocery store laundry section.
(Please see NOTES section below for safety information about Borax.)
Glitter (optional)
White Vinegar (for cleaning)


The Steps


426834_3377303758935_1119316197_nIn a large container combine and mix:
1 ½ cups very warm water
2 cups Elmers white glue
A few drops of water color and/or glitter if using clear glue


Make sure this combination is completely mixed

In a small container combine and mix:
1 1/3 cups very warm water
2 level tsp 20 Mule Team Borax. Adults, please do this step.
(Please see NOTES section below for safety information about Borax.)

Make sure the Borax is completely dissolved.

Combine the glue and borax mixtures:431200_3377309359075_940158324_n
Mix well using your hands until all the liquid is absorbed. You may need to squish, mix, and break up the flubber to get it fully combined. Store the flubber in a plastic, air-tight container at room temperature. For best results, measure precisely and mix well as noted above.

Notes About Safety


Adults, please keep the box of powdered borax out of the reach of children. If kept in an airtight container, the Flubber will keep for up to 2 weeks. Vinegar dissolves Flubber from carpet, hair, furniture, clothes, and pets. This recipe makes enough Flubber for six children.

This information is available on the original website: http://www.omsi.edu/for-kids/science-fun-at-home/flubber

Do you have ideas or suggestions of activities parents can do with their children? If so, we’d love to hear them and you can be featured on CASA of CGS’s blog!

Email your thoughts, ideas and suggestions to Jennkaysen@gmail.com/

Sneak peek at tomorrow’s blog: Our next Community Superhero is revealed!

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If you’re interested in learning more about CASA of CGS an informational meeting will be held in Pittsgrove Township on Monday, May 13, from 8 to 9 p.m., and another in Gloucester County at the county library on Thursday, May 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. Bring a friend and join us!

For more information and directions to the meetings, email susanna.casaofcgs@gmail.com.

There are no commitments needed. The meetings are strictly for informational purposes. It’s always good to know what kind of help your community has to offer. Cumberland County ranked last place in Child Welfare in New Jersey. Lets stand up for our children and do something about it! Can’t make it out on May 13 or 16 and interested in information? Contact Susanna at susanna.casaofcgs@gmail.com.

 

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