Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Homemade Flubber

Last weekend I took my daughter and her friend to Claire's, their favorite store in the whole world. They found a bottle of stuff labeled, "Intergalactic Ooze." I wasn't too sure about introducing such a questionable substance to my house, but they had enough of their own money to pay for it, so they bought it. I have to admit, it's pretty fun stuff, but then I found some recipes for homemade oozy substances that have the potential for keeping kids (and adults) busy for a long time. Here's a recipe for homemade flubber:

Two cups Elmer's glue
Food coloring
4 tablespoons Borax
Warm water

Mix 1 1/2 cups of warm water, the glue, and the food coloring (as much or as little as you want) in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the Borax with 1 1/3 cups of warm water. Pour the glue mixture into the Borax mixture, but don't mix or stir them together. The flubber will form on its own, and watching it form is half the fun. If it has trouble mixing on its own after 10-20 minutes, go ahead and give it a little help with a spoon. Store it in plastic baggies (no need to refrigerate). It seems to get better with time, so pull it out after a couple of days, and it will probably be stretchier and bouncier. You can stretch it and shape it, roll it into ropes, and bounce it like a rubber ball. Fun stuff!

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