Flubber

Total Time
15mins
Prep
15 mins
Cook
0 mins

What happens to the Flubber when... it is stretched? it is rolled into a ball and bounced? it is stretched over the opening of the jar? an object (golf ball, etc.) is rolled on it? What else can you do with flubber? ...make it and find out! A Closer Look: Flubber is a polymer made by a chemical reaction. Polymers are very long chains of repeating units. When the two solutions are combined, polyvinyl acetate chains (a polymer from the white glue) are linked together in a 3-dimensional arrangement by borate ions (from the Borax) and other chemical bonds. This produces the thick, sticky polymer called Flubber. (You can get white glue in bulk from a school supplies source. Keep this stuff away from carpet and hair as it will stick. If necessary, white vinegar can act as a solvent.) Thanks to my cyberpal Julie for this recipe!

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Ingredients

Nutrition
  • Mixture 1

  • 1 12 cups very warm water
  • 2 cups white glue or 2 cups all purpose washable clear glue
  • 3 -5 drops food coloring or 3 -5 drops glitter if using clear glue (optional)
  • Mixture 2

  • 1 13 cups very warm water
  • 2 teaspoons borax

Directions

  1. Mixture#1: Mix all ingredients together thoroughly in a large bowl.
  2. Mixture#2: Mix all ingredients together thoroughly in a bowl.
  3. Use your hands to mix the contents of the Bowl#2 into the Bowl#1.
  4. Lift and turn the mixture until it is fully combined.
  5. Discard any leftover liquid.
  6. If kept in an airtight container, the Flubber will keep for up to 2 weeks.