So Silly!: Make Your Own Putty

So Silly!: Make Your Own Putty Activity

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The perfect activity for a rainy day, or any time your little one moans, “Moooo-oom, there’s nothing to do!”

If you use Elmer’s Glue-All (not the school glue), your putty should bounce and transfer pictures just like the store-bought stuff.  Add food coloring or even a few sprinkles of glitter for your own take on the gooey original!

What You Need:

  • White all-purpose glue (not school glue)
  • Sta-Flo liquid starch
  • 1-2 tablespoons Borax powder dissolved in 1 cup water
  • Strong mixing spoon
  • Resealable sandwich bags or other air-tight container
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Glitter (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Combine equal parts glue and liquid starch, mix well.
  2. Add Borax solution (plus food coloring and/or glitter if you’re using it) to the glue/starch mixture.  Mix very well.
  3. When the mixture becomes too stiff to mix with your spoon, use your hands to knead it into a rubbery blob. Your putty will probably need to dry a little before you can play with it.
  4. Cooling the putty slightly should make it more “bouncy,” but if it gets too cold it will shatter.  Store your funny putty in a resealable sandwich bag or other air-tight container.  Funny putty usually lasts about two weeks.
Updated on May 28, 2013
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