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Insect Putty

Updated: Jul 16, 2020

This putty whips up quick as a wink with just a few ingredients and is the exact same consistency as Aaron's Thinking Putty. It's not as sticky or stretchy as other slimes and super easy to clean up! With the addition of plastic bugs and water beads, you'll have something to keep them busy for the afternoon!


๐Ÿ”ฒ Borax

๐Ÿ”ฒ clear glue (one bottle per child)

๐Ÿ”ฒ warm water

๐Ÿ”ฒ a plastic knife or spoon to stir

๐Ÿ”ฒ mixing bowls


๐Ÿ”ฒ water beads

๐Ÿ”ฒ plastic insects

To Make:

Start by adding 1-2 teaspoons of water beads to a bowl of water (if using.) If you've never used water beads before, they are so fun! My kids love them and ask for them every once in awhile. They are a great sensory activity all on their own. A little goes a long way, so one package of water beads will last for forever.

The more you let the water beads sit in the water, the more water they will absorb and the bigger they will become. For this activity, we didn't want them too big so we only let them sit for a couple hours.

To make the slime, first pour the bottle of clear glue into a bowl with 1/2 cup warm water and mix it up.

Next, make your slime activator in a separate bowl. Mix 1/4 teaspoon Borax with 1/2 cup warm water. We made three individual putty recipes, so I mixed 3/4 teaspoons Borax with 1 1/2 cups water and then divvied it out to each kid.

Add the activator to the bowl of glue and water. It will immediately begin to form a thick consistency and you can pull it away from the bowl with your spoon or knife. Continue mixing.

As it thickens, you can remove it from the bowl and continue mixing until a thick putty forms.

Then it's playtime! I set a bowl of water beads (insect eggs) out on the table along with some plastic bugs and let them go to town!

You can add water beads to your putty by setting them on top and then folding over like a taco. Try not to squish them because they will break. Also, they will pop out of the putty so it might work best to do this on a cookie sheet with sides so they don't pop out and roll all over the floor!

Let them get creative while you get something done. ๐Ÿ˜‰

When playtime is over, you can save the putty in a ziploc bag or plastic container for another day.



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