I Slimed Them!

And my kids enjoyed every minute.

Yes, we made slime today, even though I’m really not feeling well. Dealing with what appears to be a 24 hour flu – I was miserable last night! But this morning I’m feeling significantly better, if not actually well.

The recipe is really easy, although I did have to go buy supplies for it the other day when I first planned this. I didn’t have enough Elmer’s glue on hand, and no Borax at all.

2 cups water
1-1/4 cup Elmer’s glue
food coloring
1/3 cup hot water
1 tsp Borax

Thoroughly mix 2 cups water with glue. Add food coloring as desired. For 2 children, I mixed thoroughly the water and glue, then separated and allowed children to mix their own colors.

Mix hot water and Borax. Stir into glue and water mixture, removing slime as necessary. You may have to make an extra batch of the hot water and Borax to make the entire mixture into slime.

The slime will be rather tacky at first. The more you work it, the less tacky it will be.

My kids really enjoyed this experiment. Both chose blue and yellow food coloring, and ended up with different shades of green, so it was fun explaining to them how different amounts of blue and yellow make the different shades of green.

[tags]slime,kids recipes,kids experiment,educational,fun,food coloring[/tags]

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6 Responses

  1. Stephanie says:

    Looks like so much fun. I found you though CFL, but I also have a carnival Make it From Scratch that this would be perfect for, should you care to enter it there too.

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  3. kailani says:

    My daughter would just love that! It would have to be pink though 🙂

    Here from the Carnival of Family Life.

  4. My daughter loves making slime like this!!

  5. skeet says:

    Oh, that does sound like wonderful fun! How washable is the resulitg goo? Can they wear regular clothes when they play with it, or should they be turned out into the back yard anaked? :0D

    visiting from the Carnival of Family Life and storing this idea away for my someday, hopefully before I’m too old to enjoy them grandkids. ;0)

  6. Stephanie says:

    So far as I know it’s pretty washable. I didn’t worry about the clothes, anyhow. I do recommend having the kids play with it on a tile floor, because my daughter tended to just drop bits of it all over the floor, and I wouldn’t want to have to deal with that on a carpet.

    Borax is used in laundry, after all, and Elmer’s glue comes off things pretty easily, so once the food coloring is well mixed in there shouldn’t be any problems. Could be wrong, but I haven’t seen any personally.