Sunday, April 17, 2011

Flubber Recipe





We discovered Flubber at the kids' day event. The girls loved playing with it! Here's the recipe.


Flubber


 
Mixture 1:


1 ½ cups warm water

2 cups Elmer’s Glue

Food coloring


 
Mixture 2:

3 tsp. Borax

1 cup Warm Water

Stir mixture 1 together in 1 bowl.

Mixture 2 in another bowl.

Make sure both are mixed well.

Pour mixture 1 into mixture 2.


There is no need to stir the mixture but you can if you want because it is the chemical reaction that actually makes the flubber. When it is in a glob work it for 2-3 minutes. Initially it feels wet but it eventually dries up to the final product.

71 comments:

  1. You know my daughter was right next to me and begged me to try this with her! This is interesting! I am always trying to find ways for my kids to discover fun things to do! Thanks for that post! Thanks for stopping by my blog and I am hoping to learn more interesting things from your blog! Have a great week!

    Miriam

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    1. About 13 years ago I received a daycare newsletter that comes from Vancouver and in it there is an alert to this stuff. After doing research now 13 years later this is absorbed through the skin and due to it being toxic can have an affect on the human zygote/sperm/egg. This is not something to have around anybody.

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    2. While I'm not an alarmist, samiam has a point. Here's an article that talks about kid's exposure to boric acid (Borax' main ingredient). http://www.naturemoms.com/dangers-of-borax.html

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    3. Gloves might help prevent this and and kids can still have their fun

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    4. I understand being careful, but I wanted to point out that because a chemical reaction is going on, it chemically changes the borax. Instead of being free to bond (with skin, etc), it is tied up in polymers with the glue in the flubber (see http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CFoQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fchemistry.lsu.edu%2Fsite%2FOutreach%2Fitem1746.doc&ei=FcTET5n0MpSo8gTktqmyCw&usg=AFQjCNHh-ZqBmv0n2rUUTXNMD67OmnGE3w&sig2=Zue0LzZHQITwnDKaA0fGgQ for the chemical reaction description). I don't know if that makes it safer, but it's something to consider.

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    5. I just wanted to point out that borax ingredients are everywhere in cleaning products, laundry detergent, etc. So I'm not going to worry about it to much! Thanks for posting though!

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    6. I believe that anything I make from scratch has got to be better than the store bought. Borax is a natural ingredient and supervision is so important. Have fun with it.

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  2. That Flubber is so neat. I remember that movie. My kids loved it, I will have to give this flubber a try.
    following back.

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  3. I love this, looks like a great project to do for the kiddo's! Thanks for stopping by my blog...I'm your newest follower :)

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  4. Too fun! My kids would've LOVED this when they were younger. Actually, I think they'd still love it... at 10 and 12! Thanks for the recipe!

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  5. Can't wait until my son is older to do things like this with him!

    P.S.
    I'm a new follower. I found you through MBC and would love it if you could visit my blog.
    http://cartwheelsandwine.blogspot.com

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  6. Thanks for the follow! http://sweetcalifornialiving.blogspot.com/ This is fun! I made this with my fourth grade class :)

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  7. What a wonderful FUN OUTDOOR project =)

    following sure wish you'd check out my blog

    http://anoterote.blogspot.com/


    =^D

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    1. Yes, it does look very fun for the kids (and me) lol, but why do you emphasize the word outdoor? Is it pretty messy?
      Thanks,
      Rhonda

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  8. I remember making this same recipe 15-20 years ago when I was younger! Except we called it Gak (sp?) because of Nickelodeon! :)

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  9. Tried it this morning with UK equivalent ingredients and don't know whether it was the PVA school glue instead of Elmers or the Borax Substitute - only thing available in any shop I could find , but we just had a runny liquid! very frustrating as it looks like such fun!

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  10. Oh this looks fun! I'll have to try it with my daughter :)

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  11. To the person in UK.
    You can buy Borax (sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate) online. Just do a search!
    And your glue must be polyvinyl acetate based!

    That's what causes the reaction.

    I'd love to try this, but my 2 year old and messes are not a good time for me yet!

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  12. Does this dry out?? I'm making playdough for the kids in the family for christmas and putting it in a little jar but this is far easier (and i already have everything to make it). Just need to figure out if I can make it now, or if I need to wait. Thanks!!

    www.TheCowgirlThatCould.blogspot.com :)
    Nikki Mauldin

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  13. This looks so fun! But After seeing Borax in the ingredients I'm gonna pass and stick with regular home made play doh http://simplemom.net/homemade-play-doh/ (not my site/blog so it's not a plug but it works fantastically!)

    Borax, sodium tetraborate decahydrate, is not acutely toxic.[18] Its LD50 (median lethal dose) score is tested at 2.66 g/kg in rats:[19] a significant dose of the chemical is needed to cause severe symptoms or death. The lethal dose is not necessarily the same for humans.

    **Sufficient exposure to borax dust can cause respiratory and skin irritation. Ingestion may cause gastrointestinal distress including nausea, persistent vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Effects on the vascular system and brain include headaches and lethargy, but are less frequent. "In severe poisonings, a beefy red skin rash affecting palms, soles, buttocks and scrotum has been described. With severe poisoning, erythematous and exfoliative rash, unconsciousness, respiratory depression, and renal failure." [20]***

    A reassessment of boric acid/borax by the United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs found potential developmental toxicity (especially effects on the testes).[21] Boric acid solutions used as an eye wash or on abraded skin are known to be particularly toxic to infants, especially after repeated use, because of the slow elimination rate.[22] At a recent European Diagnostics Manufacturing Association (EDMA) meeting, several new additions to the Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) candidate list in relation to the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals Regulations 2007 (REACH) were discussed. The registration and review completed as part of REACH has changed the classification of Sodium Tetraborate CAS 1303-96-4 to toxic for reproduction.[23]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borax

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    1. About 13 years ago I received a daycare newsletter that comes from Vancouver and in it there is an alert to this stuff. After doing research now 13 years later this is absorbed through the skin and due to it being toxic can have an affect on the human zygote/sperm/egg. This is not something to have around anybody.

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    2. its 3 fricken teaspoons of Borax.. theres more in cleaning products... geat real people

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    3. For those people who are alert and aware of what chemicals do to us and stay away from them . This was placed in the Childcare Society Newsletter from Vancouver sent all over to Licensed BC Daycares as an alert not to use. Even 3 tsp of a chemical is not good. We are guinea pigs in this world. The government uses us to test products such as aspartame, etc. Chemicals that are considered okay until there are people showing over and over huge side affects.

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  14. My daughter is also quite young.... maybe when she's a lot older I may change my mind.
    Thanks for the Ideas and enjoy your blog :D
    Might try Oobleck http://www.kinderteacher.com/oobleck.htm
    Had a man I work with tell me about how fun this is, still need to try it myself :D

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  15. We made Oobleck in class yesterday (oh the projects you do when you are an elementary education major!) and it seems a bit easier to make and from the pictures they look like they are the same consistency. If you are worried about the toxicity of Borax it would be a good alternative, as Oobleck is cornstarch, water, and food color!

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  16. A word of caution. Gak or Flubber will completely eat away the finish of furniture if it gets left on it. Found out the hard way.

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  17. How much does one batch make? I'm wanting to make some as a gift for my Sunday School class of K-1st graders.

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  18. How do you get to out of your carpet? lol oy......

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  19. We used to call this Gak when I was little. My mom used to make it all the time and it was $5 to buy it at the store.

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  20. Me and my kids made this once. I lost the recipe and thanks to pinterest I found your blog and now I have it again. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Does this stain carpets or wood floors? Single father that has never heard of this but it looks entertaining.

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  22. We added so much food coloring it stained our hands a bit. Mine is not all smooth like the picture shows. I wonder if my measurements were a tad off? 4 yr old is having fun with it at any rate.

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  23. I made this with 3 kids 5 and under, the youngest being my 2 and 1/2 year old. It was a blast. They took their's home and she played with hers for days. I'm planning on making it again today with another playmate! Thanks for the recipe!! :-)

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  24. Thanks for sharing! We just made this and my boys are having a great time with it :)

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  25. Hi -- What sort of Elmer's glue? I'm not sure if we get it over here, but I looked it up and there seem to several sorts. Did you just use the school glue? Thanks! It looks cool, but I know someone who has been trying to make it for a while, but apparently you need exactly the right sort of glue. :-)

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  26. Hi I work with toddlers. Would this be that would be okay for them to play with? I am always looking for sensory ideas for them.

    Thanks

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    1. Not good for toddlers because of the Borax. Try Oobleck: cornstarch and water. Only good for a day or two because of food. Very messy, but the cornstarch can be swept up when dry. Do NOT pour down a drain, it will clog it. Throw in trash or outside in grass and water it down. Well worth it. Great for the lil' ones. We do it for Dr. Seuss Day every year. :-)

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  27. About 13 years ago I received a daycare newsletter that comes from Vancouver and in it there is an alert to this stuff. After doing research now 13 years later this is absorbed through the skin and due to it being toxic can have an affect on the human zygote/sperm/egg. This is not something to have around anybody.

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    1. Samiam You Have Posted That 3 Times I Think People See It! Once Is Enough.


      Wondermom1965 Thanks For The Advice It Is Good To Know!:)

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    2. I'm having trouble with this one.... isn't borax in our laundry detergents?

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    3. kdygert, Yes Borax is in our laundry detergents just like aspartame and other chemicals are in our foods. Doesn't mean they are good for us. NellyJohnson I am glad you saw my posts. I want to make sure others can read it too because not everyone reads every post there is on an internet site. :)

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  28. I made this with my 5 yr old...he picked out glitter glue to make it...we had a BLAST...I'm not worried about the borax because honestly there is hardly any in it...he loves it and can play with it for hours...which is perfect for those days when we are trudging to get through the day...thank for the awesome recipe!

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    1. My sister n law made it 2 months ago & we were still playing with it today - just as fresh as it was back in June!

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  30. I love this...my kids are begging me to buy the glue, so we can make it :)

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  31. I cut the recipe in half and worked great! It made almost 2 cups of flubber. We also only used 2 drops of food coloring which colored it perfectly! Thanks for the recipe, my boys LOVED it!

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  32. ive always used cornstarch, never borax. Cornstarch works great and kids love this!

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  33. If you don't want to use Borax, you can make the same thing with Stay-Flo and glue in equal parts. Add food color to the glue before you add the Stay Flo. I mix it in a bag, then remove the blob and squeeze the liquid out until it gets firm. Easy Peasy.

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  34. I was really apprehensive about making this due to the comments about the use of Borax. I called Poison Control and the gal told me that there is NOT enough Borax to be harmful to children, whew! She said that a child could eat the whole batch and it would not be harmful! So make FLUBBER for your kids, they will love it :)

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    1. Thanks for the post Eco-Amie! That makes me feel better! The kids can take the gloves off!!

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    2. Great to hear.. I was going to make the call myself if needed. My 2 year old loves this kind of sensory stuff. If you are worried about messes- I usually have him play with this kind of stuff in his high chair. Easier to contain ;)

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  35. I found this on pinterest and can't wait to make it with my boys. So happy to have found your fun blog. If you are ever looking for some fun recipe ideas that are easy, delish and family friendly come check me out at www.questfordelish.blogspot.com

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  36. i love the colors!plz visit my blog sunny days!

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  37. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Made this with my kids today, and they LOVED it! My son had the idea to hide a penny in it and pass it to his sister to find it. They played with it for much longer than I expected. We put it away at bedtime, but I promised they could play with it as I make breakfast tomorrow!

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  38. It looks rather simple, but I have failed twice. I will try again later.
    Here is some useful information for you:
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    Thank you again

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  39. Where can I get Borax? I've never even seen it at the store. I went online and walmart has some stuff thats like for the laundry. Is that it?

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    1. At walmart (other grocery stores too) in the laundry aisle. You'll see all the liquid stuff like detergent and fabric softener and then you should see an area with white boxes, dyes, oxiclean, that kind of stuff. Look for something that says 20 Mule Team Borax. Not very many people buy it so there only may be a few boxes. Very cheap, around $3 for a big box.

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  40. I'm so excited about this flubber! I played it everyday when I was a child. However, I don't know how to make it, my mother did it for me. Thanks for share it!

    Tiffany.Drugstore Coupon

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  41. This looks like so much fun! I don't even have a child but I think I must just try it... hehe! thanks for sharing. really glad I've discovered your blog.

    saritaagerman.blogspot.it

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  42. Silly putty yep I'm going to make this for sure thanks. Also I do I follow your blog?

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  43. What you should know about Borax
    http://www.magicalchildhood.com/articles/borax.htm

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  44. Studies about Borax

    http://pennstatehershey.adam.com/content.aspx?productId=117&pid=1&gid=002485

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  45. Here is a recipe without the use of Borax.
    http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2010/05/making-gak.html

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  46. We did this in junior high. I remember how much fun it was. However, I believe we used bleach instead of borax.

    Either way, it's important to be safe no matter what chemicals are in use. We are daily exposed to many things, that in excess can be harmful: radiation, household cleaners, etc. Safety is always important but let's not get over anxious about low exposures.

    Thank you samiam for your informative comments & alternative recipe! :)

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  47. Samiam, you need to chill. We get it. Go get your own blog to post about the dangers of Borax and leave this lady alone!

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  48. I am a preschool teacher and we use liquid starch. Mix 1/2 glue 1/2 starch and a splash of color. Makes it lasts longer and.provides more elasticity

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  49. First, thanks for this blog. I always get great ideas from you!

    samiam if you are that concerned about Borax you should know that liquid starch and almost all cleaners contain sodium tetraborate (Borax). That's why the chemical reaction works in your post too. Just saying...

    My son is playing with some now....it's always a good hour killer.

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  50. Using Elmer glue other white glues do work & fabric softener inside of starch makes an interesting smell. (No borax). You have to experiment with the amounts.

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  51. Does anyone have any ideas on getting it out of clothing/carpet? My 4 year old step-daughter got some on her clothing and some on the carpet :-/

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    1. Warm Water and Soap, trust me it works, i got some in my shirt and it came out with warm water and soap.

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  52. Does anyone know approximately how long this will last if stored closed up? I think this will be perfect for my son who is sensitive to the texture of some slimy type recipes. Thank you!

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