Southern Mom Loves: How to Make SLIME!

How to Make SLIME!

Friday, May 15, 2015

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I have a fun project for the kids today! With summer vacation looming, I hope this will give you something to entertain the kids with on a rainy, or even a sunny day! It's quick, requires a few inexpensive ingredients, and will keep them busy for hours.

A note on the glue: Don't bother with fancy Elmer's no-run glues. I have found that those make for a thicker (not as fun) slime. I stock up on bottles of plain, white school glue at the dollar store for $ .50 a bottle and these work perfectly. Keep a few bottles on hand because they will want to make this again and again.

Since this slime requires the use of Borax, adult supervision is required! Make sure that your children know that this is not to be eaten under any circumstances!!!

It is also a bit messy to play with, so I recommend sitting them down at a kitchen counter or breakfast table. 

You'll need:
This can easily be split into 2 to make different colors. If you want to split the recipe to make 2 colors, 4 oz. = 1/2 c., so splitting a bottle of school glue should give you two 1/4 cups. Just split the remaining ingredients in half and mix accordingly. (I'll give directions for 2 colors in parenthesis.)

  1. Add the first 1/2 c. of water to a plastic container (or 1/4 c. into each of two plastic containers.)
  2. Add in the 4 oz. bottle of school glue and mix well (or split your glue between the two containers.)
  3. Add in your food coloring. Add as much as you like to reach your desired color.
  4. Mix well. Once you add in the borax, it will be difficult to get the food coloring mixed in.
  5. In a separate container, dissolve 1/2 tsp. of Borax in 1/4 c. of warm water. Mix until Borax has completely dissolved. (for two: mix 1/4 tsp. Borax in 2 Tbsp. of warm water for each container separately.)
  6. Add your Borax mix into your glue mix and start stirring! 
  7. It will quickly gel up into a gooey slime! Enjoy!

This is a super-fun project for kids that can also be a teaching lesson. The resulting slime is a Polymer that has the qualities of both a solid and a liquid. It can take the shape of its containers like a liquid does, yet you can hold it in your hand and pick it up like a solid.

When you are done with your slime, keep it in a sealed container or a plastic ziploc bag and you can play with it for the next 3-5 days.

Have you made slime yet? What did you think? What other cool projects do your kids enjoy making?

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