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How To Make Flubber

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I am officially at the point in life where my kids are cooler than I am. My son has super cute surfer hair and an amber teething necklace.  My daughter rocks a pair of bright green Saucony sneakers with rainbow tights.  A good day for me is when my jeans only have one bodily fluid smeared across the knee. I knew this would happen, I just didn’t think it would happen so soon!

how to make flubber tutorial

One of the coolest things about my daughter is that she knows how to make Flubber.  Flubber is a smushy, rubbery substance that is tons of fun to play with. My daughter learned to make it at her school and it is in the regular rotation of rainy day activities at our house.  It takes about 2 minutes to make and clean-up is a breeze.

The recipe calls for a lot of white glue, but buy the ingredients in bulk once and you will be set for a year!  This stuff is great for kids of all ages.  My surfer dude son just turned one and he loves it.  And I’m not going to lie…I could play with this stuff for hours.  There is something about the texture and temperature of Flubber that makes it mildly addictive.  Just try to put it down!


  •  2 cups white glue
  • 3 tsp Borax
  • 2.5 cups warm water – divided into 1 cup and 1.5 cup portions
  • Food coloring
borax and glue


  1. Mix 2 cups white glue, 1.5 cups of warm water, food coloring
  2. In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup warm water and 3 tsp. Borax
  3. Pour the glue mixture into the Borax mixture.  There is no need to stir the mixture as it is the chemical reaction that creates the Flubber, but you can if the kids want to help.
  4. The Flubber will appear really quickly.  There will likely be extra water leftover.  Just pull out the Flubber and put it into a bowl (tupperware works well) and dump the excess.
  5. Knead the Flubber for 2-3 minutes.  At first it will feel wet, but it will eventually dry up to the final, fabulous product.
making flubber

Tips on use

  • Cookie cutters, child safety scissors, and colanders work really well as Flubber accessories.
  • If you flatten some out and drape it over the top of a bowl or cup, in a few minutes you will get a super cool bubble.  Just be patient.
  • If it gets embedded into clothing or carpet, remove it with white vinegar. Vinegar dissolves Flubber!
hand in flubber

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