Do you remember playing with silly putty as a kid? I loved it! I’ve been wanting to make our own DIY silly putty ever since I saw this recipe over on Coffee Cups and Crayons. With the mix of our relaxed summer schedule and our current partnership with Elmer’s now seemed like the perfect time to test it out. I knew Elmer’s colorful Glitter Glue would give our silly putty an added level of sparkle and color that my kids would just love. Read on to learn how to make your own sparkly silly putty!
Materials You’ll Need
- Elmer’s Classic Glitter Glue-We used purple.
- Liquid Starch
- Spoon and Bowl
How to Make Your Own Sparkly Silly Putty
Start by pouring the full bottle of glitter glue into the bowl. Elmer’s is my brand of choice to use for sensory play recipes because of the quality and the great variety of glues they offer. We chose their purple Glitter Glue for this batch, but there are a wide variety of colors to choose from if you want to mix it up a bit.
Next add liquid starch one tablespoon or so at a time. We started with two tablespoons.
Slowly stir with a spoon. You’ll notice the substance starts to change very quickly. As the mixture starts to harden a bit use your hands to knead it and work the glue and the starch into one another.
Add liquid starch one tablespoon at a time as needed until you reach the desired consistency you want for your putty. The more liquid starch you add the firmer your putty will be.
Play with Your Sparkly Silly Putty
Once you can form a ball and the don’t have any stringy pieces sticking to your hand your putty is ready to be played with!
Kids love squishing it into different shapes, stretching it as far as they can, and pressing it onto hard surfaces.
It’s also a great calming sensory tool for kids who are using a calm down area or working through strong emotions.
And as kids squish and transform their silly putty their fine motor muscles—the ones they need for writing—are getting a great workout too.
But shhh don’t tell them about all the benefits…they think it’s just really cool to play with!
Note: As with any play recipe supervise children closely. We have never had any skin or other irritations from playing with slime or this putty, but you are the best judge of what is best for your child. No part of this should be eaten. If kids have skin sensitivities test with care.
More Fun with Glitter Glue