Have a go at this simple homemade flubber recipe for kids. It’s quick to make, uses only a few common household ingredients and will have your children playing for hours. Great for sensory play and developing fine motor skills.
Making flubber has been on my list of things to make for a very long time. In fact making it today made me wonder why I’d waited so long. I’d quickly whipped some up while Possum (aged 3 years) was at kindergarten and I’m so glad that I did. She just loved playing with it. Flubber has a very unusual goopy texture that is rubbery and has a lot of stretch. It’s hard not to want to get your fingers into it.
Recommended age: 5+ years old or sensible enough not to eat
(Active supervision is required on all my crafts and activities.)
- 2 x bowls
- 3/4 cup cold water
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1 cup Elmer’s glue
- 1 tsp borax
- Food colouring
For those not keen on using a Borax recipe, allow me to suggest this awesome goop.
So here is what you need to do with the ingredients –
1st step – Mix together the cold water, a few drops of food colouring and glue in bowl 1.
2nd step – In second bowl mix together borax and hot water. Stir until borax has completely dissolved.
3rd step – Slowly add the glue mixture to the borax mixture and stir well.
4th step – Pour off any excess water and you’re ready to play!
This flubber makes for such an interesting sensory experience for kids.
It’s like touching squishy rubber.
You can quickly pull it apart and the rubbery texture breaks, as shown above.
You can also stretch this flubber!
We had fun challenging each other to see who could stretch it the longest before it broke. This was a fun way for Possum to learn about how to make rough estimates of length and problem solve ways to improve on previous attempts.
Flubber is lots of fun for kids. We will be sure to make it again sometime soon as Possum really enjoyed the textural experience. Next time we might decide to make it in various colours or make something similar without Borax.
What colour flubber would your child choose?
Please note this important information
Some people may not wish to use this recipe because it includes Borax. Borax is considered toxic if eaten. It’s important that you consider those playing with this flubber and avoid it if there is a possibility of them tasting it. Constant supervision is required at all times. There are various opinions for and against using Borax, but safety must always come first.