Showing posts with label how to make slime. Show all posts
Showing posts with label how to make slime. Show all posts

Friday, May 15, 2009

You're Never Too Old For Slime

VC asked me the other day if I still had the recipe for slime- the slime that I last made close to 10 years ago. I used to be a big thrower-outer -- but a valuable recipe for slime- why, I had that tucked away where I could easily find it- 10 or even 20 years later !

I may not come across as a "crafty hands-on supermom," but I do have a couple tricks up my sleeve- slime being one of them.

If you are stick inside on a rainy day, this is a fun activity to do with the kids. I'll try to type everything up as accurately as possible, keeping in mind that the last time a friend requested a recipe (for the now infamous chickpea stew) - she wrote back asking why I did not have chickpeas anywhere in the recipe - oops!

Here's what you need to have on hand:
{Borax, Elmer's Glue-All and Food Coloring}

To begin:

1-Make a saturated Borax solution by adding a tablespoon of the Borax to one cup of water. Stir to dissolve the Borax. If the solution is truly saturated, some solid will settle out undissolved. [this is what you want to happen] If all of the solid dissolves, keep adding more until some solid remains on the bottom of the cup.

2- Give the Borax solution a big shake and mix the Elmer's Glue-All* (4 teaspoons) and water (4 teaspoons) together in a disposable cup. Add one or two drops of food coloring.
*school glue will not work

3- Add to the glue mixture one tablespoon of the Borax solution and stir with a disposable spoon

4- Stir until a mass of slime forms on the spoon. Then pull the slime off the spoon and knead it gently until it no longer sticks to your hands

5- It's now ready to play with. You can do all sorts of cool stuff- similar to Silly Putty- you can stretch it, tear it, bounce it- put a straw in it and blow to make body noises, the possibilities are endless!

6- When finished playing with the slime, it is important to put it in a plastic bag to keep it from drying out. It should keep for a few weeks in the refrigerator.

**If you play with the slime with dirty hands, it may grow mold, so try and avoid this; also try to avoid getting the slime on carpets, upholstery, wood furniture, etc.
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