Measuring with Flubber

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In this activity learners will measure and manipulate flubber using different tools. Learners will explore volume and make observations about texture and shapes. Instructions provided for making your own flubber. Adult supervision required throughout. This activity is appropriate for ages 0-3 with adult supervision.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • White Elmers glue
  • Mule team borax
  • Food coloring/liquid watercolor (optional)
  • Ruler
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Kitchen tools like: potato mashers, forks, cookie cutters
  • Play dough tools like: plastic scissors, knives, stampers


  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
  • Physical Sciences
    • States of Matter
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process


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