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How to Make Homemade Play Putty

This is how to make homemade play putty at home! Just as you remember it from your childhood you can transfer images easily and play with it as you did years ago in that little red egg. You’ll be amazed just how easy it is to make silly putty yourself. Fun for kids once it’s done, and a great rainy day activity.

 Play Putty 2

If you’re looking for fun activities for kids this is a great one for rainy or snow days! Make a batch and include it inside some plastic Easter eggs inside their basket, or as a summertime craft. The possibilities are endless. How to make homemade play putty is actually rather simple.

Putty Recipe

You remember this as a child I am sure. Transferring your favorite comic from the newspaper on to that flat piece of pink silly putty, and bouncing it on the kitchen floor…you can now do it yourself with a few items!

Using small cookie cutters is fun too.

Play putty doesn’t have to be be pink you know. You can literally make it any color you want. If you are making a big batch for a birthday party you can match the decor and find pictures for your theme.

how to make homemade Play Putty

Of course with any experimenting it needs to be done by a parent or with strict parental guidance with older children.

Please read our safety disclosure before starting any project like this one. Once it is done of course children can play away and have a blast but always make sure hands are washed after playing with it and especially before eating.

Homemade silly putty

One uses liquid starch and one uses Borax. Liquid starch has some Borax in it so either way parents need to handle all products when making this but especially if you are using instructions #2 it is really fun to do it in front of them so they can see the liquid turning into a solid like you see here!

It is always fun doing science experiments with kids. Even if you are the one handling the items they can see right in front of them the way elements change and gets them excited about learning more.

Instructions #1

  • 1/4 c. liquid starch
  • 1/4 c. white glue
  1. Mix the liquid starch together and glue together well. It will be a blue color unless you add food coloring (if you’re using blue starch like we do).
  2. If putty is too sticky add just a touch more of starch and mix again until tackiness is gone
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Instructions #2

  • 1 bottle white glue
  • 2 c. hot water
  • 1 tbsp. Borax
  1. Place 1 tbsp. of Borax into a bowl – do not allow children to handle Borax, read our safety disclaimer before doing any experiments with your children
  2. Mix in 2 c. of hot water and stir until it is dissolves
  3. Let mixture sit until it is almost clear again
  4. Mix white glue with food coloring if you are coloring it.

Hold the bowl with your glue in it above the bowl with the hot water mixture in it and slowly drizzle the glue into that bowl. It will form a small pile of wiggly looking glue (seen above)

  1. Reach into the bowl and pick up the glue pile
  2. Knead int in your hands until the excess water is gone and it forms a silly putty substance
  3. It will transfer pictures using markers or pencil
    1. Press putty onto picture, then on to a clean sheet of paper
    2. Use cookie cutters to make pictures on it as well

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