During World War II, an American expert accidentally invented Silly Putty when he is trying to create a synthetic rubber. Today, silly putty is highly popular and makes a charming companion to kids as they are entertained with it. There are many ways on how to make silly putty, and you can use different ingredients. But in this article, you will find out how to make silly putty with borax and white glue.
What Are the Things that You Need?
• An 8-Ounce Container White Glue
• Food Coloring
• Measuring Cup
• Plastic Storage Bag
Steps on How to Make Silly Putty with Borax and White Glue
1. Get a bowl and pour all the contents of the 8-ounce white glue on it. Add warm water to the empty glue container, replace the lid, and then shake it for a few seconds. Open the lid, and pour the warm water on the bowl and then stir the solution.
2. Pour two to three drops of food coloring into the water-glue mixture and mix it well.
3. Using the measuring cup, pour 1/2 cup of warm water on it. Get a teaspoon of borax, and sprinkle it on the surface of lukewarm water. Stir the mixture thoroughly.
4. Add the 1/2 cup of warm water-borax mixture into the water and glue solution. Stir continuously as you slowly mix the solution. Adding almost half of the Borax mixture, you can stop stirring and mix the concoction using both hands.
5. Continue mixing the blend with your hands while adding the borax-water solution occasionally. After the borax water is added, continue mixing until you reach your desired consistency.
6. Mold and shape the concoction with your desired object and place them on a plastic bag for storage.
Tips and Warning
When adding food coloring to the water-glue solution, use disposable gloves and cover surfaces on the surrounding. Food coloring is extremely hard to wash and can even become permanent if not washed away immediately. You can use old newspapers on the floor and have your child and his friends wear an apron or old clothes. Also, wash your hands immediately after kneading as the food coloring can be extremely hard to remove from your skin if not rinsed when wet.
Make sure to knead the concoction very well. On some occasions, it will need coaxing. Also, you can put the finished blend inside the fridge to help avoid mold buildup.
Take extra precaution in handling the ingredients in making silly putty, especially the warm water. Also, you may need to dispose of all additional materials after the project is done, like the transparent lid, the old, and newspapers. Then and wash the empty bowl to prevent it from being tainted with the food coloring color.
How to make silly putty with borax and white glue is not just an enjoyable activity. But also creates an excellent opportunity for children to learn lessons about how polymer materials and how polymers work with molecules. After you’re done making silly putty, children can have fun shaping and molding their favorite concoctions.