Activities used to strengthen the small muscles of the hands involve materials and tools that provide resistance. Here is my favorite putty recipe! Enjoy!

Home Made Putty (some call it Gak):

Things you can do with Putty

squeeze it, knead it , push it, pull it
flatten it out with a rolling pin
use cookie cutters shapes for fun
cut it with scissors.
roll it into a “snake” to form letters, shapes or a spiral bowl
make pinch pots
put beads or charms into it, then try to pick them out

There are actually 2 ways to make this.  Read both and choose the easiest method for you.

Method 1


white glue
Sta-Flo liquid Starch (available in some craft stores and at WalMart in the laundry soap section)
food coloring

Mix 2 parts white glue to 1 part liquid starch in a cup or bowl.
Add a few drops of food coloring.
Mix with a coffee stirrer, popsicle stick or with your hands if using a large bowl.
Remove mixture from container and spend some time kneading, stretching and squeezing it.

The solution will start off being watery but the more you play with it, eventually it will
become more like putty.

Store the putty in a covered container to keep it from drying out.

Method 2


white glue
Borax (sold as “20 Mule Team”, available in most grocery stores where laundry soap is sold)
warm water
food coloring

In a cup, pour in 1/4 cup of white glue.  Add 1/4 cup of water and food coloring to the glue.
Mix together with a coffee stirrer or popsicle stick
In a jar add 1/4 cup of Borax to 1 cup of warm water.  Put on lid and shake vigorously to
dissolve Borax.
Add 1/4 cup of Borax mixture to the glue mixture (you will have leftover Borax mixture)
Mix together, as above.