This summer, my kids and I are having so much fun with crafts, science experiments and little projects.
Silly Putty Ingredients:
– A bottle of clear (or even white) Elmer’s glue
– 1/2 teaspoon of Borax (In case you’ve never bought this…like me…I found it in the home cleaning aisle by the laundry detergents.)
– Glitter (My kids couldn’t decide on just one glitter color, so we sprung for the glitter pack.)
– Blue food coloring
(Note – Because I have two kiddos, I doubled the ingredient list).
I was able to nab all ingredients at Walmart – but you can find these items at almost any Target, craft store, grocery store, etc.
How to Make Silly Putty:
1. First, find a bowl that you don’t mind having blue food coloring mixed in.
2. Pour the glue into the bowl.
3. Fill the empty glue bottle with water – add to the glue in the bowl – and mix well.
4. Add a few drops of the blue food coloring. (By few, I mean few. A little goes a long way.)
5. Add your pretty glitter sparkles and stir. Set the bowl aside.
6. In a separate bowl, combine a 1/2 cup hot water and a 1/2 teaspoon of Borax. Stir well until dissolved.
7. Pour the Borax/water solution into your glue/water/food color/glitter bowl.
8. Mix, stir, mix, stir. (This may take a few minutes.)
9. MAGIC! Look at your super cool, sparkly silly putty!
10. I found it was best to place in a freezer Ziplock bag and let sit for at least 15 minutes.
11. Once you can see it’s solidified, let your kiddo play, have fun and create whatever they want with this silly, gooey, glittery putty.
Silly Putty Activities:
And, who knew this would evolve into a full afternoon of creative play?!
We had trains going swimming, a fairy house with a brand new luxury swimming pool, a bull dozer pushing blue glitter loads…and on and on and on.
The kids were playing together. Nicely. Happily. With sticky blue hands and grins. Totally worth it.
Homemade Silly Putty Tips:
– Your hands, your kid’s hands, and the surface you are working on will inevitably get colored with blue food dye. My kids looked like little surfs. Have no fear…it eventually washes out. But make sure to pick a bowl, surface, and kid clothes that are okay to have splattered with blue. We did it inside on the kitchen table. Next time, we’ll try it out on the patio.
– Our putty had some leftover liquidy parts (try not to get grossed out by this). Just drain them out and let your putty solidify for that recommend 15 minutes in the Ziplock bag.
Happy putty making!!
Thank you again to pagingfunmums.com for this fun idea!