Fun with Silly Putty


This is a great activity for your toddlers and preschoolers. It begins with making the silly putty together and then exploring all the things you can do with it once it is ready. Making the silly putty is half the fun! Once it’s ready, you and your child can use your imagination to create all sorts of fun games and activities you can do together.


  • 2 parts white glue
  • 1 part liquid starch
  • Small mixing bowl with tight fitting lid

How to make it:

  • Mix glue and starch together.
  • Let stand until putty is workable (you may have to add a bit more glue or starch)
  • When you are not using it, store in air tight container (may not work on a humid day)

While making the silly putty, talk with your child about the different ingredients and their qualities – touch, smell, etc. As you combine ingredients, talk about what’s happening as things are added.

Once your silly putty is made, a different kind of fun can begin for you and your child. Use the silly putty to create your own games. The flexible nature of silly putty can let you and your child make different shapes and designs on a table. Or, if you are looking for a little more action, use it like a ball – but let it stretch out from your hand to your child’s. Don’t stop there – together come up with some of your own games and activities to use the silly putty.

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