Flubber or Gak- A Super Cool Creation for Kids

So there I was wasting time perusing Pinterest the other day when I see an activity for kids called Flubber. oooohhh yes, I know exactly what this is, just by a different name! Back in the day when I worked in a day care center we made this for the kiddos all the time, only, back then (before the Robin Williams movie) we called it Gak. I immediately headed for my old day care bin and found all the ingredients necessary to make my own boys some Flubber (as the cool kids are calling it these days) of their own. I can’t believe I hadn’t done this before.

(the food colouring isn’t completely kneaded in here)


What you’ll need:

Wire whisk
1 cup all purpose white glue (recommended: Elmer’s Regular)
3/4 cup water
Food coloring or 1 tablespoon tempera paint, your choice of color
Borax detergent
Mix together with wire whisk the all purpose glue, water, and food coloring/tempera paint.
Mix separately 1/3 c. water and 1/2 tsp. Borax. Slowly pour Borax mix into glue mix.
Let stand a few minutes, then knead. Pour off any remaining liquid.

Store in plastic bags
Repeat for different colors.

So as you can see Flubber is kind of a stretchy rubbery concoction. It appears wet because it is shiny and can be used a little bit like play dough but flubber doesn’t hold it’s form for too long. It’s a great sensory activity and kids love it!


  1. Little Miss Kate says:
  2. Mom vs. the boys says:
  3. Multi-Testing Mommy says:
  4. Shairbearg says:
  5. Maple Leaf Mommy says:
  6. Tara Watkins says:

    This is a fab idea, must try this with the kids, they loves all things gooey

  7. I have yet to try anything like this, today is cold and rainy, might be the perfect opportunity since we’re not leaving the house at all.

  8. Steven Moore says:

    My wife have been looking for a recipe to make this stuff with the kids. I’ll pass it on. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Tammy Dalley says:

    Awesome! My boys would love this!!! Thanks for sharing

  10. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I’ve never heard of this (by either name) before. I only know play-doh but this certainly looks like a lot of fun for kids, maybe even for adults 🙂

  11. Anne Taylor says:

    Oh, I can’t wait to make this for my younger grandchildren! They’ll love it and I’m sure Grandma and Grandpa will get a kick out of it too! lol


  12. loucheryl says:

    I have never seen this before. I have to try it. I think my boys would love it!

  13. Krista M says:

    My son has special needs, & his occupational therapist used to bring homemade gak to our house for therapy sessions to help calm & regulate him through sensory play. Love this stuff!

  14. DARLENE W says:

    I think I will make this with the grandkids and they can take it home to play with

  15. My son would love to make farting sounds with gak.

  16. Elaine Buonsante says:

    This would be popular among my grandchildren.

  17. Our boys love this! (and for some reason, they think the name Flubber is HILARIOUS…)

  18. Looks like great fun! Will have to try this with my child soon 🙂

  19. I know she will love to play with this.

  20. salexis alexis says:

    I suppose I will have to add Borax detergent to my shopping list! My son would LOVE to make this over march break!!!!

  21. Rosa Cross says:

    My sons would love this stuff!

  22. Marilyn Legault says:

    This is like the start of “slime”.

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