How To Make Silly Putty | Dearmommies

Silly Putty is such a great sensory activity to make with little ones of all ages. We recently made some at home and would like to share our experience with you. My son loves the texture of it and being able to make silly faces, shapes and anything that comes to the imagination with the putty. It’s so easy to make and so much fun.

Here are the steps to make your very own silly putty at home.

Things you will need:

  • Elmer’s School Glue
  • Water
  • Borax
  • Glitter (optional)


Step 1: Pour a bottle of Elmer’s School Glue into a bowl


Step 2: Add 118 ml of water into the bowl. An alternative is to fill the empty bottle of glue with water to pour in the bowl. Stir the mixture until the water is well mixed in with the glue. Add several drops of food coloring. You can also add the glitter in this step to add some sparkles to the putty. Mix it all completely!

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Step 3: In a separate container, dissolve 1 teaspoon of Borax in 1/4 cup of hot water. Stir until the Borax is completely dissolved. Then add it into the bowl.


Step 4: As you are stirring the mixture, you will see your silly putty will instantly come to life. Use your hands or spoon to mix it all in!


As you can see below, I made four different batches of putty using different food coloring colors. Why not?! It’s so much fun. You can make your own color varieties. When you’re done playing with the putty, just put each of them in the fridge in a sealed Ziploc bag for easy storage. It should last at least a week. Use it over and over again.


Below is a few pictures of how we enjoyed playing with the putty at home and some of the silly faces we made.

I hope you enjoy making your own Silly Putty at home!

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Written by: Sheiley Ripellino


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