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No matter if you are an adult or a child, it is often relaxing to work with your hands—whether out in the garden soil or with playdough! The rhythms and textures can provide for a soothing, meditative state. Like fidget spinners, putty, or Newton’s cradle (you know, those metal balls suspended on wire that illustrate the conservation of momentum and energy), they all offer a quick and cheap means for reaching a calming state.

If you are looking for a quick fix to calming you or your kids, try this inexpensive recipe for making your own flubber:

Mix together:

2/3 C craft glue (either Elmer’s or an off brand)

½ t baking soda

Slowly* add:

1 ½ T contact lens solution (make sure it contains both boric acid & sodium borate)

As flubber comes together, begin kneading with hands.

*If you add too much, the slime will become too stiff, so add slowly and stop when the consistency has just passed the sticky stage.

Knead in:

2-3 C shaving cream

If desired, add in some food coloring and/or essential oil for effect.

Store flubber in an airtight container.

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