Ooze at it’s finest
We’ve recently just discovered one of our new favourite sensory “toys”, and we just can’t get enough of it. And by we, I mostly mean, Parker-Grace and…ermm *cough*…myself. [UPDATE: Morgan-Lee has become a Slime convert since I wrote this and can’t enough of the stuff either.] If you follow me on Instagram you would’ve seen our recent science experiments gone right, and it was a good one: SLIME!
And what’s cool about it is that you wouldn’t believe just HOW easy it actually is to make your own!
Seriously, who doesn’t love slime?! (My hubby excluded). Its stretchy, squishy, bouncy, pliable and then suddenly a puddle, and all together just super fun. Dare I say it, even theraputic! (You can totally get lost in it.)
Now you can make it TODAY if wanted to, right in your own home, with only TWO main ingredients and some water!
That’s right just two ingredients, and in less than 5 minutes you’ll have super awesome slime!!! Huh? Yeah! I mean, how many wins can we rack up right here:
• Easy to make ( you had me at
• Cool science lesson (although mine are too young to get it, but they did like the mixing and messing. I however, am secretly wishing I was Bill Nye.)
• Little bit of Math (all the measuring)
• Some messy play (all that mixing and squishing)
• Sensory play (once your slime is mixed and made, your kiddums will have loads of fun stretching it, making it into balls, squishing it, bouncing it, burying their hands into it and watching it slowly ooze into a puddle)
So let’s get started, what you’ll need:
• 1 or more cute little helpy-helpantins (my two have made slime several times now and know the drill already.)
• 1 teaspoon Borax (which is a laundry detergent that has borate ion), carefully mixed into 250ml water
• 1 tube PVA-based glue (use any amount, but I’d recommend at least 50ml.) I prefer transparent school or office glue, however wood or ponal glue work great too.
• Water – (use the exact same amount water here as that of glue)
1. Squeeze out your glue into a bowl.
2. Add the exact same amount of water as there is glue. (It’s a 1:1 measurement here.) Mix well.
3. Add food colouring. Our girls are still liking the green, but your’s can be whatever colour you want. I normally use only a few drops depending on how deep I want the colour to be.
4. Now add your borax solution to your glue mixture: You will only need half the amount of borax solution as you used for the glue. (As in, if you used 50 ml glue, you’ll only need 25ml borax solution.)
5. Slowly mix well. The moment the borax solution enters the glue, you’ll immediately notice how the glue starts
to clump up/solidify somewhat. Keep mixing to ensure the glue absorbs all the borax solution you poured in.
6. At this point, its best to work it in with your hands. Play and knead it at least for three minutes.
It should be cool to the touch, easy to stretch, form an easy blob, and generally not stick to your hands.(There may be some stickiness at first, but keep playing/kneading it, and it should work itself out.) The more you play with it, the better it gets.
– Be sure to mix well and knead it for at least three minutes, before thinking you need to add more borax solution.
– Normal food colouring works well, however, with wood or ponal glue, you’ll need to use alot more colour, as the colours tend to come out more pastel.
– This slime can keep really well for a few weeks if kept in an airtight container like a ziplock bag.
– If it does get onto clothes and god-forbid, your couches, I can happily report that vinegar does indeed remove it completely. So you can breathe easy, mama. 😉
Its best to play with it on a kitchen/craft/glass table or generally surfaces that are not absorbent like carpets, beds,sand, etc.
You can see how far it will stretch…
You can squish it…
You can pour it…
You can make it into a ball..
then watch it ooze…
You can poke it…
You can roll it into a ball and bounce it…
You can slap it…(while making silly faces… in fact, silly faces are a must according to Morgan-Lee)…
And if you make a real big batch, like a 250ml glue batch of it, you can nicely bury your hands and arms in them- ask Parker-Grace (unfortch not pictured)
You can do so much with it…but, whatever you do, do not eat it. Ensure that your kiddums understand that there is no tasting allowed in this activity. And if you think your kiddy is not quite yet at that stage to adhere to the no tasting rule, I’d recommend that maybe it’s best you stick to the edible version or play dough, just for now. By the way, this really is kid-dependant – both my kids, two and four years old, know they don’t taste slime, but the two year old happily tucks into our home-made playdough.(even though she regrets it…every.single.time. #salty)
Have fun with your slime! It really is a fun activity…even for those ones who at first aren’t sure about the new texture…eventually, they do come around! X
Also please note, all my activities I do with my children are done under my supervision. Therefore, it should be noted that the kiddy activities I share here are intended to have adult supervision. It also important to note that all activities I share on this here blog of mine are activities that I deem safe for my children. As the parent/guardian of your own child you will need to decide what you deem as safe for your children. (This applies to all things used in crafts and experiments, for eg. scissors, food ingredients (allergies), small items (choking hazards), etc.)