Who says the educational system in America is broken? The other day Spencer came home from school foaming with excitement because they'd had an art project (or maybe it was a science project, that part isn't entirely clear) where they made flubber. At least that's what he called it.
In fact he had so much fun that he wrote down the recipe as best he could remember it (which is saying something right there--when was the last time your 11 year-old son wrote down a recipe?) He gave me a shopping list of things to buy so we could make it again ourselves and you, good people of the internet, you get to enjoy the fruits of our labors.
May I present: Flubber.
I found that I already had a recipe for it in my dusty books and it's not hard (the recipe pops up here and there all over the place, you may have already seen it) you'll just need to buy a box of Borax (available any place that sells laundry soap). The great thing about this stuff is it's gooey and slimy but can break like Silly Putty. It mends itself like Playdough if you put it back together and can drip like a liquid if you let it.
Which reminds me, don't leave it on the carpet or any place where it could run down into a crack or something. Very, very bad. Very bad.
The kids had hours of fun with it and it keeps for a decent amount of time in a plastic bag. Here's what you'll need:
1 8-ounce bottle of glue
2 cups of warm water, divided
1 1/2 teaspoon Borax powder
bowls for mixing
Pour the whole bottle of glue into a big bowl then fill the empty bottle with 1 cup of warm water and add that to the glue. Stir it up until it thins out. Then add several drops of food coloring and mix that in. In a separate bowl mix the Borax and the second cup of warm water until the Borax dissolves. Stirring CONSTANTLY, slowly pour the Borax juice into the bowl of glue. Mmmm . . . glue sauce . . . yummmm! . . . Stir and stir and stir until it forms into a goopy, slimy, very cool mass at which point you can invite the kids to reach in and grab a handful. Here's a video, we call it: The Making of Flubber.
Any good ideas of what to do with an unused box of Borax? I suppose it's good in the wash. Maybe. Anyway, once again leave your links below to your other great ideas--I'm ready and waiting!
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