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homemade flubber!

Flubber! How have I not told you about Flubber?

homemade flubber

I discovered it a few years ago when Noah and I went to the Children’s Museum of the Arts. When we attended the DUMBO Arts Festival the following year, CMA  took over a whole section for kids’ art projects – including Flubber AND instructions! I snapped a picture with my phone and I don’t think our home has been without it since.

homemade flubber

homemade flubber

And with the endless snow days and deep freezes we’ve experienced this year, I am grateful for any and all craft projects that are fast, easy and in the minimal-mess category.

homemade flubber

And Noah LOVES it.

homemade flubber

homemade flubber

Here’s what you need:
1 c. white glue (like Elmer’s)
food coloring – any kind, including the stuff you find in the grocery store
1 T. Borax – I know – I had to buy Borax as I didn’t have it just lying around. But for about $5.00 I now have a ginormous box just lying around – which will keep us in a steady supply of Flubber for infinity.

Here’s what you do:
1. Combine the glue with 1 c. warm water in a large bowl.
2. Add food coloring till you achieve your desired shade; stir to combine.
3. Stir the Borax in ¾ c. hot water till dissolved. Mix it into the glue mixture and stir. Let sit for a few minutes and stir again, draining off the excess liquid. When all moisture is evaporated store in a Ziploc bag or airtight container.

4 Comments

  1. Stacy on March 12, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I love this. you are never to old to play with flubber

    • sherisilver on March 12, 2015 at 11:08 am

      I have found myself sitting with it long after Noah has left the room! 🙂

  2. Shalagh Hogan on March 12, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    A recipe of necessity. My girl is way more tactile than my boy. So I can see lots of fun with this. Thanks Sheri. And your model is really cute.
    Love,
    Shalagh

    • sherisilver on March 13, 2015 at 7:34 am

      Thanks Shalagh – it’s pretty addictive (and I think he’s kinda cute too)! xo

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