It’s slime! It’s silly putty! It’s flubber! To be honest, I don’t really know what it is! I have always tiptoed on the edge of messy play, but feeling brave this week and wanting to try something new with the kids, we tried our hand at adapting a sensory play slime recipe from Growing a Jeweled Rose. I’m not sure exactly what you would officially call our flubber slime as I’m a newbie in the land of messy play creations, but my kids call it FUN! My now 4 and 5 year old who used to cry when they got their hands messy have played with this flubber slime (stuff) twice in the past two days for more than an hour each time. It is really some amazing STUFF…and I’m happy to say but don’t tell the kids this…it’s not even really that messy! (Thank goodness!)
Flubber Slime Recipe – Messy Play / Sensory Play
- 1 cup Elmer’s White Glue (2 – 4 oz. bottles)
- 3/4 cup very warm water
- a few drops of food coloring (I used gel) optional
- Glitter, optional
- Peppermint Extract (or other flavoring for scent) optional
- 3/8 to 1 tsp Borax mixed with 2/3 cup of very warm water (or as much as needed to dissolve borax amount you use)
How to Make Flubber Sensory Play material:
1. Mix the 2 bottles of glue (~1 cup), 3/4 cups very warm water, and any optional ingredients like food coloring, glitter, flavoring extract if you want scented flubber slime, etc. in one bowl.
2. In a 2nd bowl, mix the borax with very warm water until dissolved. Less borax will give you more of a slime consistency; more will give you a putty / flubber consistency.
3. Mix the ingredients of the two bowls together until the flubber slime forms.
If your flubber slime is too runny, mix a little more borax in a little more warm water and add it to the mix until you get the consistency you want.
Our flubber slime got two additional mix-in’s of borax. I had intended to make more of a slime, but with the extra borax, we ended up with something between a slime, flubber, and putty. The consistency was even better when we played with it the 2nd day!
Our Flubber Slime oozes and stretches, but it’s able to be torn.
If you ball it up into a ball, it bounces a bit across the tray. It sticks to plastic toys but is easy to get off. It doesn’t stick to your hands. If left to sit, it slowly oozes out into a puddle blob.
Since it’s almost Christmas here and based on what we had on hand in the craft cabinet and kitchen, we made our Flubber Slime festive by using red food coloring, green glitter, and peppermint extract, but you can use your imagination to come up with whatever unique creation you like for any time of year!
My kids have enjoyed just manipulating this Flubber Slime with their hands, using cookie cutters, and playing with plastic animals and people. Hands can make handprints.
The animals can make tracks in the putty.
The animals and people can by buried in the sludge and dug out again for a gooey treasure hunt.
Lilah even found out the slime could be used to make Cinderella a nice new dress for the ball. I’ll bet the Prince would be impressed!!
I will admit that I sat down with the kids after we first made this and Luke finally said, “Mom, how about I just pull you off your own piece?”
Yeah, the stuff is pretty cool and I played with my very own bit for probably half an hour. I’m tempted to send some to the office with my husband for his desk, but he may not get any work done with something so fun to play with!!
To minimize the mess during play, my children kept the Flubber Slime on plastic trays. For cleanup, they simply gathered up their putty and put it into a plastic sandwich container for the next time they want to get slimed. I was pleasantly surprised with how little mess there was to clean up after this messy play, and I’m excited we can use this slime again and again before we decide we’re ready to make some more!
I have a feeling making slime and slime play time will be new favorite activities around here for awhile!
Parents: Please, as always, use your discretion with this recipe based on the age and maturity level of your children. I suggest it only for kids who are old enough not to put their fingers or toys in their mouths during play. My children are currently 4 and almost 6; they had a great time with this silly flubber slime!
Have you made homemade flubber slime or other sensory play recipes before? What are your favorites?
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