Edible flubber

Edible flubber

Follow FizzicsEd 150 Science Experiments:

You Will Need:

One cup of cold water

Food colouring (optional)

One Teaspoon

Psyllium husk powder

A microwave-proof bowl

A microwave

Adult help.

Edible flubber slime science experiment - materials needed
1 Edible flubber slime science experiment - adding blue food colouring to water

Pour the water and food colouring into the bowl and mix.

2 Edible flubber slime science experiment - adding psyllium husks to blue water

Add some psyllium husk powder and stir until it until the mixture had combine.

3 Edible flubber slime science experiment - materials into the microwave

Microwave on high for 5-9 minutes, the longer the heating process, the more rubbery the flubber gets. After the initial 2 minutes the goo tends to rise and overflow, stop the microwave each time it starts to do that and restart it after a few seconds.

4 Edible flubber slime science experiment - pouring out hot slime onto a plate

Cautiously, and with the help of an adult, remove the bowl from the microwave and tip the content out onto a plate and let it cool.

5 Edible flubber slime science experiment - blue slime dripping off spoon

After it has cooled, pick up the slime and play.

How does the flubber form?

Psyllium is a type of seed, and its outer shell or husk is often used as a dietary fiber supplement (Metamucil, for example), or as a food thickener. The psyllium husk contains mucilage, or a gel-forming polysaccharide. This stuff is hydrophilic, which means it loves binding to water and therefore water soluble. When you first combine the water and the psyllium husk powder, you may notice that it gets thicker and thicker. This is the mucilage at work! This flubber is made up of a colloidal suspension of a liquid (water) dispersed in a solid (psyllium husk particles). We then use heat to speed up the rate of dispersion by blasting the mixture in a microwave. If it overflows, don’t worry! It’s very easy to peel off and stuffed back into the bowl again, just use cutlery since it’s super hot! The resulting slime, once cooled, is cold and clammy to the touch, but comes off relatively clean. It does not self-heal, so after it has broken or been cut, it is difficult to stick the pieces back together again.

Note: While this slime is edible, mass consumption is not recommended. Check the label on your psyllium husk powder to find serving suggestions.

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