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how to make silly putty

One of our very favorite (SUPER EASY) rainy day activities to enjoy!  If you have never made silly putty, follow the simple instructions below and enjoy the instant kid enjoyment.

Our putty came out with a shiny, “Gak”-like consistency. I read somewhere that if you leave your putty out, uncovered overnight it will dry out a little bit, making its texture closer to the infamous “Silly-Putty-in-the-egg” that many of us played with in our youth.

This recipe calls for TWO (that’s IT) ingredients. I love that!

You will need:

  • white, multi purpose glue (I used Elmer’s – 1 cup)
  • liquid starch (I used Sta-Flo – 1/2 cup)
  • optional: food coloring

*You can make more/less putty than we did – just stick to a “2 parts glue, 1 part starch” combo to achieve optimal putty consistency.

How to make:

  • Pour glue into a bowl. I used 1 cup of glue.
  • Add liquid starch and (if desired) food coloring to the glue. Begin mixing ingredients together. (I started out using a spoon to mix and eventually used my hands.
  • After about 5 minutes of mixing, I became skeptical as to whether or not this mess was really going to come together. It was so stringy and snake-like! But after even more mixing and then some kneading with my hands, we got a nice ball of putty – ready for playtime.
  • We stored our putty in a mason jar (you could easily use a ziploc bag or other airtight container) and kept it in the refrigerator when it wasn’t being played with.

Silly Putty Collage


how to make silly putty

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