All your dreams have just come true! Here’s a recipe & step-by-step tutorial on how to make slime. I think I almost had more fun than the kids on this one (;
Here’s what you need:
- Glue (Some recipes say Elmer’s is best.. I used a generic brand that my school has & it still worked..)
- Borax powder
- Jar or pitcher (for easy pouring)
- Large bowl
- Food coloring– this is an optional component, but not for me! Food coloring is what makes it awesome!
- Tablespoon & measuring cup
**Note** This makes a pretty big batch of slime. It was enough for 5 or 6 kids to have their own to play with. If you are making this for only 1 or 2 kids, you could cut the measurements in half.
Add 1 Cup (8oz) glue, 1 Cup water & a few drops of food coloring into a pitcher. Stir it up!
In your large bowl, mix 2 Cups of water with 2 Tablespoons of Borax powder. I found that if you use warm water, the Borax tends to mix more easily, but you don’t need it to dissolve entirely. We used spoons/forks/whisks to mix it up. The whisk worked best for breaking up the Borax because it tends to clump up a bit. We stirred for a while. They love mixing!
Next, I poured the glue/water mixture into the large bowl. Pour it slow & stir it fast. You will see it start to thicken & turn into this nasty phlegmy-looking consistency. Blah! The kids were either really excited or really grossed out at this point haha
Gather the slime with your hands. It should be pretty easy to do, but you might have a few pieces still floating in the water that you can add to your glob. There should be a good amount of water in the bowl.
Squeeze out the water as much as you can. It should look like this & feel slightly sticky. The more you play with it, the less sticky it becomes. I split it up into pieces for the kids to play with.
We made lots of different colors (:
If you leave it sit for a bit it starts to relax & spread out.. You can see in the background of this picture how it gets a little crumbly. When it does this, just pick up the pieces & put them back with the rest of your slime, it will conform again. We tried lots of things with our slime, like driving cars in it…
Mixing slime colors…
& putting it on a dump truck haha
Cleaning up the slime is very easy IF you DO NOT — USE WATER!! The water makes it sticky & so much harder to clean up. (Remember in the very beginning when we first made it & squeezed the water out? That’s how we want to keep it. Water free.) So as long as you keep it on a hard surface it will come right off. If it gets on the floor, just sweep it up. It will be a little crumbly but it sweeps fairly easily. You can store this for a few days in a plastic bag or air-tight container.
Some pretty obvious rules:
- Don’t play with it near or over carpet. It will come off, but it’s pretty tedious to get all the pieces out & the colors might leave a stain.
- Tell the kids not to eat it. It’s non-toxic, but still.
- Tell the kids not to put it in their hair. It does come out but it could become a nightmare.. especially if you tried adding water to “wash it out.” Sounds like bad news bears to me! (Luckily I didn’t have any of my kids do this so I don’t know from experience…)
Like I said, I almost had more fun than the kids! But seriously, look at how awesome this is! Have fun with your slime, people! I really hope you try it!!