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6 Fun Facts About Flubber (Plus a Recipe to Make Your Own!)

Calling all flubber lubbers! If you’ve visited stART Studio at CMA, you know that the flubber table is one of our most popular activities. Children and adults are equally mesmerized by the ooey, stretchy, and colorful goo. Below, learn 6 fun facts about flubber and follow along with the recipe to make your own!

Fun Facts

1. Several world records involve flubber. A twelve-year-old holds the Guiness World Record for making the biggest flubber in the world — it weighed six tons! A ten-year-old holds the record for the stretchiest flubber, which stretched to 7 feet 4 inches in 30 seconds.

2. Adding shaving cream will make flubber extra puffy and fluffy!

3. Flubber was invented in 1976 by toy company Mattel. The first color was green!

4. Flubber is classified as a Non-Newtonian fluid, which means it is neither solid nor liquid. Other toys such as playdough and silly putty also fall into this category. 

5. The ooey gooey consistency is created by the combination of Borax and glue, which forms a polymer (when several small molecules are formed into one large molecule). 

6. Be careful! Flubber can be dissolved by adding vinegar

Make Your Own!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of school glue
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons of Borax (non-toxic cleaning agent)
  • liquid watercolor paint or food coloring

Steps:

  1. Mix glue and water until smooth
  2. Add paint or food coloring and stir (have fun!)
  3. Dissolve 2 tablespoons of Borax in about 1/3 of hot water
  4. Pour Borax solutions into glue-water mixture in circular motion
  5. Mix with hands in circular motion until Flubber forms and water is mostly absorbed
  6. Store in airtight container for longevity

While our doors are closed, CMA is here for you and your family with at-home art projects to keep children entertained and engaged. However, every day we’re closed puts the future of CMA in further jeopardy. 

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