Keep the kids (and yourself!) entertained this summer by making crunchy putty. This is a sponsored post with Fairfield World.

how to make crunchy putty

I always enjoy making slime with my kids. I’ve shared how to make different versions like basic slime, clear slime, and even glow-in-the-dark slime! This time we are making a slime that is more like a putty, because it doesn’t stretch and ooze. Crunchy putty is a unique sensory experience! The tiny micro beads from Fairfield World create a tiny massage for your hands. You can even put the crunchy slime in a bag or balloon to create your own stress relief ball. You have to try it! It really feels like you are massaging your hands.

crunchy putty supplies

Crunchy Putty Supplies List

  • Poly-Fil® Mini Sized Micro Beads
  • White School Glue
  • Water
  • Craft Paint
  • Borax Solution or Liquid Starch
  • Plastic or wax paper work surface
  • Bowl
  • Stirrer or craft stick

Check out my short video tutorial for all the details on how to make your own crunchy putty:

The formula is pretty simple. You can make as much or as little as you like using the ratios listed in the “recipe” below. If you want your slime to be less like putty and more stretchy like slime, use liquid starch instead of the borax solution. It’s always best to start with less of the “stiffener” and then add a drop at a time as needed.

slime made with micro beads

Tip: Use washable craft paint instead of food coloring to tint your crunchy putty. Food coloring stains hands and surfaces; washable paint is easier to clean up.


  • 2 parts Poly-Fil Micro Beads
  • 1 part Glue
  • 1 part water
  • 1/2 part Borax solution or Liquid Starch Paint

cut putty with plastic shapes

This putty is more dense than slime, so you can shape it and cut to extend the creative fun! Some of the tiny beads might pop out as you play, so I like to let kids play on a tray or on a placemat to make clean up easier.


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