I love this stuff!!!  A total sensory delight for everyone!

Flubber is a concoction of glue, borax, food colouring and water that kids never get sick of!

I have gone through many recipes and have learnt you have to get the correct ingredients and use the correct method to get the best outcome!

I once passed this recipe onto a childcare centre but as I didn’t explain my particular method it didn’t work.  Thus I am writing my method to madness with flubber!

Disclaimer : this recipe uses borax, I have never had an issue with this whatsoever but please make your own educated decision on this)

What you need:

  • 3/4 Cup cold water
  • 1 Cup of aliphatic PVA glue (You can try with other PVA glues but I found this one worked best)
  • Liquid food colouring
  • 1/2 Cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon of borax (I found mine at Bin Inn Orewa)
  • 2 bowls


  1. In bowl 1 mix together the cold water, glue, and food colouring.  Use a few drops of food colouring, try not to use excessive amounts as this sometimes can mean that it can come off on your child’s hands when playing with it.  Set aside.
  2. In bowl 2 mix together the hot water and borax until the borax is completely dissolved!
  3. MAGIC TIME!  Ever so slowly pour little by little of bowl 2 (the borax solution) into bowl 1.  This is when the mixture starts to thicken.
  4. Other recipes say to now pour off excess water DO NOT DO THIS!  Put the spoon down and use your hands to mix the flubber, squeeze it and keep kneading it until it is a slimy but not sticky texture.
  5. Knead the flubber on a table, it takes a bit to warm up.
  6. ENJOY!
  7. Store flubber in an airtight container, make sure that hands are washed before and after use.


Activities to do with flubber

  • Add cars to create tracks
  • Is flubber bouncy?  Find out
  • Stretching competition who can hold it up and get it to stretch the most?
  • Can you make bubbles in flubber?
  • What happens when flubber is put into a container and left?





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