Therapeutic putty is such a great relaxing tool for children and even adults of all ages. It’s a stiff like putty that can be squished, shaped, and makes sounds. This therapeutic putty gets your child’s hand muscles to work helping with fine motor skills, handwriting skills, and helps as a relaxation method to calm some kids down.
You can let your child play with it freely, make a fun game out of it by asking to create a shape or animal, or you can place small (non-choking) items into the putty and have them find them! Best of all, they aren’t even realizing how much this putty is benefiting them because they will be having too much fun!
How to make Therapeutic Putty:
- 8 ounces of white glue (I used two 4oz bottles)
- 1 cup of room temperature tap water
- ½ cup of warm (not hot) tap water
- 1 teaspoon of Borax
- Food coloring of your choice (optional)
- 5-7 drops of lavender essential oil or an oil of your choice (optional)
1. Mix the room temperature water and glue
Place the water in a medium-sized bowl and then pour your glue all in. Use a plastic spoon to stir this with so you can save one of your regular spoons. Mix this as well as you can. Place your food coloring in at this time, as well as your essential oils.
2. Mix in the Borax and warm water
Some say to mix this into a separate bowl. It worked just fine for me not mixing it separately, and I saved cleaning another bowl in the process! I did, however, place the Borax in the bowl first and then added the warm water so that the warm water could activate the Borax.
Get down and dirty or use that same plastic spoon. I personally believe it’s best just to use your hands, especially as it gets tougher to stir. This will ensure everything is getting evenly mixed together.
This putty will need to be stored in a container or plastic baggy afterward to be able to use over and over again for endless amounts of fun! This putty is so beneficial for so many different things and your kids will enjoy not only playing with it but making it as well!