Landon is turning 3 next month! I can’t believe how fast time has gone by. He’s pretty much obsessed with Curious George (or Monkey George as he calls it) so we are going to have a Curious George Party. This is the first party where he’ll have friends and other kids that can play games and do activities, so I’ve been having fun planning out what we are going to do. I’ll post more about the party after it happens, but one thing I’m going to do is have “Curious Stations” where they can make or play with things that are unsusal. One of those things is Flubber. I’ve heard people call it different things. This is the stuff that most closely resembles silly puddy. Today we did a trial run of it and Landon pretty much played with the stuff all day long. One word of “warning” this stuff has Borax in it and is toxic if ingested. So please don’t make this with your 1 year old that still stuffs things in their mouth :-).



Mixture 1

1/2 cup warm water
1 cup Elmers glue
Food Coloring (optional)

Mixture 2

1.5 teaspoon Borax (in the laundry aisle)
1/2 cup warm water

Mix Mixture 1 in a quart sized zip lock bag (or a bowl).
Mix Mixture 2 in a separate bowl or cup until fully dissolved.
Pour Mixture 2 into Mixture 1 and mix well. It will start to thicken up, once this happens, you don’t need to mix anymore, the “flubbering” process is a chemical reaction that mixing won’t help (but feel free to mix if you want!)

Pouring the water into the bag

Empty the glue (2 regular sized glue bottles is a cup!)

Add food coloring if you want and mix well.

This is what it will look like when it starts the “flubbering” process. At this point you can just wait about 5 minutes for it to fully set. Pour any extra water off and dump it onto a table to start playing!

You can squish your fingers into it and leave a hand print (that will disappear if you wait long enough)

If you pull on it quickly it will “break”

And if you pull it slowly or hold it up in the air it will slowly pull and stretch!


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3 Responses to Flubber (or Oobleck or Gak…)

  1. Kara says:

    SO much fun!!

  2. Ahmed says:

    Hmmmm .I have a couple of thgtuhos. First, if you’re using a large can of pumpkin it may be too much. I’m not sure what size cans everyone is using but the one I used was the small can which I think is 15 ozs. The other variable may be the cooking time and temperature of the slow cooker. I can see if you have one that runs cool the muffins may be mushy. Maybe try it in the oven? The other variable may be the gluten free component. It’s not going to be your typical bakery’ type of pumpkin muffin. There may be a difference in the consistency if you’re not used to gluten free products or vegan products- however, using any store variety spice mix in place of Manna will solve that problem. I’ve been baking these by the dozens for several Halloween events (but I’m using the oven and not the slow cooker because I need more in a shorter time).VA:F [1.9.20_1166](from 0 votes)