The boys and I made Flubber today!  Cutie Pie’s preschool teacher sent home the recipe on Monday, and since I decided to keep the kids home from school due to a persistent cough, it seemed like a fun activity for us to try.

Flubber Recipe

Large Bowl

  • 2 cups white glue
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • Food coloring of your choice

Mix and let it sit.

Small Bowl

  • 1 1/3 cups warm water
  • 3 tablespoons Borax

Mix small bowl ingredients with a metal spoon.

Add ingredients from small bowl to ingredients in the large bowl.  Mix with a metal spoon.  When mixed ingredients will form a ball.  Approximately 2 tablespoons of liquid will pour off.

We did not have enough Elmer’s glue to make a full batch (remind me to pick up some more when it’s on sale for 20 cents…).  We only had three bottles which came to about 1 cup.  So, I did my best to half the Flubber recipe.

The boys enjoyed adding the food coloring and stirring up the ingredients.

My rough estimates for half a recipe must have worked because we ended up with a Flubbery substance.

Flubber is pretty much like silly putty.  It bounces, it oozes, it can be used with play dough toys.

I highly recommend  whipping up a batch to stave off boredom!  It does the trick.  At leas for a little while 🙂


But He Was Still Hungry…

We made a caterpillar pizza for dinner this evening! J is working late again tonight so the kids and I were on our own for dinner. I didn’t feel like making any of my standby recipes so I let Wildman cook. He had so much fun and felt so proud of himself 🙂

We began by reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle:

Then Wildman rolled the dough to make body segments:

We used veggies to make the face:


Caterpillar con eye patch:

Cooking is such a great teaching tool for preschoolers. I love the confidence and creativity it inspires too. Next time we bake I think I’ll try SAJ’s watermelon cookies!

Epicurean Kids

Wildman loves to help me in the kitchen. But most of the time it’s not very convenient when I’m rushing around trying to feed two cranky, hungry children. Because we all know how little ones become whiny, sobbing masses when they get hungry… Mealtime is not a great time to slow down and let one of them wield a knife, ya know?

So, I’m scouring the Internet to find some fun, kid-friendly recipes for Wildman and I to try out during the summer. Setting aside specific, kitchen-related project time is my goal. Familyfun.com is my favorite place to go for fun ideas. They have pictures of every concoction and I’m a total sucker for pictures 🙂

Caterpillar pizza anyone? I think we’d have to couple this recipe with a reading of Eric Carle’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

And these little sailboats are too cute. (Ours won’t be included in the nifty sunset-over-water diorama)

Strawberry mice look fun but I’m not sure that the eyes, ears and noses will stay on…

Wildman would be all about a sandwich on a stick too! Spear-fishing ham cubes would go over in a big way.

And Mexican Sushi Bites sound fabulous. I’ll put my plug in for those. Would coupling these with virgin margaritas be wrong?

This is a start anyway! I’ll have to get a grocery list together.