Cooking with Kids: Flubber

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Okay, okay.  I know this isn't food, but it is one of my favorite rainy day recipes for the kids.  It's a fun change up from play dough and it keeps the kids entertained indoors when the weather is too bad for playing outside.  I've been making it since my oldest (now 15) was a toddler and every time I make it, I'm surprised at how much I enjoy "playing" with it too.  My kids laugh at how I can't seem to resist putting my fingers in the cool rubbery concoction and "helping" them.    :)   

I was a little nervous about finding Borax, since I wasn't familiar with it at first.   It should be easy to find in the laundry aisle of the grocery store and thankfully only cost a few dollars.  Afterward, you can use it freshen up your laundry or keep it available for future flubber making! 

Click here for printable recipe

The ingredients:

1 cup liquid Elmer's glue (about 2 bottles (4-oz.) each)
3/4 cup water
food coloring

1/2 cup hot water
2 tsp. Borax (find in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores)

Directions:  Stir mixture #1 together

and in a separate bowl, stir mixture #2 together. 

When both are well combined, stir the two mixtures together.

First it will thicken slightly, then get lumpy,
then eventually (within a minute or two) it will mostly coagulate together with some liquid remaining separate.

Allow mixture to sit for 20-30 minutes, then drain off any remaining liquid. 

Watch the fun begin!

I give it to them on a plate or cookie sheet with a variety of  cookie cutters, a butter knife, and marker lids to poke holes in it.  As long as it stays on non-fabric surfaces, it is actually quite easy to clean up (it's not sticky at all).
 (It will not stick to clothing.  In fact the only trouble you might have with it is if it gets ground into carpet or gets left on a fabric surface for a long time. Also beware of using too much food coloring which could potentially cause stains.  We've never had trouble with that though, since the mixture holds the color well. )

   Store in sealed container. 


Kim May 4, 2010 at 12:49 PM  

This looks like a great project for this summer when school is out! Thanks for sharing:D

teresa May 4, 2010 at 11:12 PM  

fun! my kids would love this!

Coleen's Recipes May 5, 2010 at 3:16 AM  

What a great post!! Kids are never too old for flubber, I think even the older kids would get a kick out of this. Thanks for sharing.

Julie Pia May 6, 2010 at 12:18 AM  

What a fun idea to do with kids. Love it! Thanks!

Kelly - 2 Kids (and a mom) Cooking May 9, 2010 at 6:32 PM  

My kids love this stuff...they used to make it in daycare...they called it 'space mud'

I've never made it at home...maybe we'll have to bring back some memories and try it out :D

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My name is Lara and while I'm definitely not a gourmet cook, I do love preparing tasty, healthy meals for my family. Finding new recipes to try and sharing the ones we've already fallen in love with is a passion I've had since college and the reason why I've started this blog! With five kids, I'm usually in a hurry, so you'll find most of these recipes kid friendly and simple to make.

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