Small Hands Big Art shares a fun Valentine’s craft.
This Valentine’s Day, nothing says “love” quite like a giant tub of flubber!
- warm water (1.5 cups)
- warm water-in a separate bowl from the above (1 1/3 cups)
- white glue (2 cups)
- food coloring or liquid watercolor
- borax (3 teaspoons)
In one bowl, mix 1 1/2 cups warm water with the glue and a few drops of food coloring or watercolor. In a second bowl, mix 1 1/3 cups of warm water and the Borax. There are various methods, but we prefer to pour the warm water/glue mixture into the bowl with the Borax, and gently stir with a stick. There will be quite a bit of liquid left over. The glue is still a liquid but it stays together, and within a few seconds it will begin to turn rubbery and you can stick your hand in the bowl to mix it a little. It will be a little slippery and very stringy at this point.
Gather the glob of flubber in your hands while standing over a sink and work it a little with your fingers for about 30 seconds until all the liquid dissolves and it turns very rubbery. The right consistency should be a little like putty – very pliable – it will stretch very slowly when you hold up, but it won’t be too solid or too runny.
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