This homemade silly putty recipe uses only two ingredients that you probably already have at home!
SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS ARE GREAT FOR MINI CHEFS
Some of our favorite recipes to make are actually not for eating. This homemade silly putty recipe is a great example. I think it’s something my mother instilled in me.
Back before the days of Pinterest, my mom had a big book of science experiments that I would pore over trying to decide which ones looked the most fun and exciting. In addition to doing experiments from the book, I would often come up with my own, trying to find the right combination of ingredients.
I remember one specific experiment when I was so excited to have found the right ratio of flour and water to turn strips of toilet paper into a make believe cast. My poor mother must have thought I was in some major digestive distress and I locked myself in the bathroom for an hour waiting for it to dry and harden, claiming I just wasn’t done going to the bathroom yet.
It’s been a lot of fun seeing my son gain that same excitement for science, which will hopefully give him the same confidence to experiment in the kitchen as it did for me.
HOMEMADE SILLY PUTTY RECIPE
Last week I wanted to get some good playtime in with him, but I also wanted to get some work done on my huge undertaking of completely reorganizing our whole house. So I jumped onto my Kid Crafts and Activities Pinterest board, and looked for a fun recipe type craft that would give us some interacting time, then keep him busy playing while I worked.
I saw a Gak silly putty recipe, but thought it might be too messy unsupervised. There was another silly putty recipe that looked really cool but uses liquid starch, which we don’t have.
Then I spotted the pin for this two ingredient silly putty recipe, and was so excited to see it just used corn starch and dish soap, which we always have on hand. So we got out the ingredients and supplies, and Corban helped me measure what we needed.
It was delightful watching him intently measure and stir, then seeing his eyes light up as he kneaded the ingredients by hand and felt their texture change between his little fingers.
We played with the silly putty together for a little while, then I headed into the guest bedroom/dumping ground to continue sorting through stuff to get rid of. It was 35 minutes before he called for me saying he was done playing. That’s like 8 years in 3 year old boy strapped into a booster seat time!
This homemade silly putty recipe is not one that you save to play with again, as it does begin to dry out after an hour or so. But making it is half the fun!
Do you have a favorite homemade silly putty recipe for us to try next? Feel free to leave it (or a link to it) in the comments below!
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- 2 Tablespoons corn starch
- 1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons liquid dish soap
- Measure the two ingredients into a bowl, and use a fork to mix them together. They won't really mix very well yet, don't panic!
- Now use your hands to began squeezing and kneading them together for a few minutes, until they magically begin to combine and form your silly putty. SCIENCE!
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