Flubber is such a fun and amazing polymer. I can’t believe it took us so long to discover how amazing it is to play with! I’m always looking for new sensory play experiences for my kids, and our experience with flubber did NOT disappoint! Flubber was unlike any other sensory material we’ve ever played with (and we’ve played with quite a few!). Check out what we did with this versatile, amazing polymer!
I made our flubber using the following recipe:
In one bowl, mix the following together:
- 1.5 cups cold water
- 2 cups glue (We get the gallon size Colorations Washable School Glue from Discount School Supply.
In a second bowl, mix the following together:
- 1.5 cups cold water
- 3 tsp Borax (we used the 20 Mule Team brand)
Once you have mixed the ingredients in both bowls well, combine them in one large bowl and mix well. The ingredients will almost immediately begin taking on a different consistency. I kneaded the mixture for a few minutes to help the water soak in, then I left it in the bowl for a bit to finish congealing. The end result was fantastic!
Two notes about this recipe:
First, there has been controversy surrounding the use of Borax. After reading some info about its safety here and here (as well as other places), I decided that the use of a small amount of Borax in this flubber recipe would be safe for my kids (who would not put it in their mouths), but I encourage you to read more and decide for yourself.
Second, I’ve read various places online that this recipe works best with Elmer’s brand glue. We used the Colorations Washable School Glue from Discount School Supply and still had great results. Plus, the Colorations Washable School Glue is less expensive!
Once I had the flubber ready, I set up an invitation to play for my kids. On a tray for each kid, I set out two bowls of flubber, scissor scoops, silicone baking cups, mini cups, measuring spoons, and a container with markers, marbles, and cut up pieces of drinking straws and chenille stems.
When QBoy first sat down to play, his first inclination was the smell the flubber.
Then he wanted to stick his fingers in to get a feel for it.
XGirl started rolling a marble around her flubber.
Then she found the markers, and decided to start drawing on the flubber.
We were all really surprised with how easy it was to draw on the flubber with markers. Plus, the colors appeared so vibrant!
Eventually, both kids decided to use the flubber to host a birthday party. QBoy made a flubber “cake” and used the cut up pieces of drinking straws and chenille stems as birthday candles.
Then he decided to make lots of separate cakes, each with its own candle.
And he made a huge, wonderful cupcake for me as well.
XGirl made some very colorful cupcakes in her silicone cupcake liners.
The kids enjoyed this activity for over an hour. They were still at it when my husband came home, and eventually we had to drag them away from the flubber to get ready for dinner. 🙂 That’s the sign of a good activity, I say!
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