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With only three ingredients and a couple of tools you can make your own homemade Silly Putty. But I’m leaving the boring, single-coloured silly putty for everyone else. My kids love colour, so when we make silly putty we make it in all the colours of the rainbow, because that’s way more fun. This project only takes a few minutes, and it’s the perfect way to spend a moment with your kids making it, then let them go wild on their own with the end result.

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Supplies:

  • Elmer’s Glue-All (available from Spotlight or Lincraft)
  • liquid starch (find it in the laundry aisle at the supermarket)
  • food colouring
  • paper cups
  • stir sticks
  • paper towels, wax paper, or clean, wipeable surface

Instructions:

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Step 1: Silly putty is equal parts glue and liquid starch. Measure out equal amounts of glue into paper cups. Drop in colour and mix well.

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Step 2: Add in the liquid starch and stir. Not all of the starch will get incorporated. Do this for all the colours. Then let them sit for five minutes.

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Step 3: After the five minutes, scoop out the colour mix and toss the excess liquid starch. Once each colour is out, put them all together and massage the mix for three to five minutes until it’s smooth and well combined. Don’t lose hope if it’s piecey and it feels like it will never combine. It does, just give it time.

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Step 4: With lots and lots of kneading, the colours will eventually combine.

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