Therapy putty is a great way reduce stress by allowing your hands to engage in activity, giving your brain a breather.  During the winter months in a pandemic we thought this might be handy for those of you experiencing additional stress, anxiety, or pandemic fatigue!

What you need:

  • Elmer’s glue
  • Borax
  • Food coloring or essential oils (optional)
  • Hot water
  • Two cups
  • Stirring stick or spoon

To begin, add 2 Tbsp Elmer’s glue into a cup.

This is also a good time to add a drop of food coloring and a few drops essential oils, like stress reducing lavender.

Add 1.5 Tbsp warm water to the glue and mix.

In another cup, mix 2 Tbsp Borax and 2 Tbsp hot water.

Mix until it the Borax is dissolved.  This is the activator!

Slowly begin to add the Borax solution to the glue, 1 Tbsp at a time, and mixing as you go along.

You will begin to see the glue clump up with the excess water separating from the putty.

Once it has been combined you will want to take out the putty and knead it to remove the excess water and to create consistency.

Like so!

Now you have Therapy putty! 

Over time, the putty will dry out so it is best to keep it is an airtight container.  Want to make more putty?  You can easily multiply this recipe!

You can come by the West Wyandotte Branch to get a therapy putty kit that includes all these ingredients, except the water, and a storage tin!  Call the West Wyandotte Library at (913) 295-8250 ext. 5 to reserve your kit or request one during your regular curbside pickup. Kits are available now while supplies last.

Looking for other ways to reduce stress during these strange times?  Please register to attend our program with local mental health professional to learn more about Seasonal Affective Disorder and pandemic fatigue.  We will discuss the symptoms and what you can do to manage them! 

Register Online Here