Monday, February 27, 2012

How to make slime

Now this was fun!

Making slime with your kids, what could be better? 
It certainly was a unique way to make some art everyday--of the shiny, stretchy, slimy sort.



Fun and easy. You need only a few common household items to make your own slime and have some fun with your kids (or your friends--I thought it was way fun):

Ingredients:
Liquid starch (found in the laundry detergent isle)
Elmer's glue
Water
Food dye



And if you want to get really science-y you can explain how the molecules of glue are polymers--stringy molecules--and then you can explain how the liquid starch cross-links the polymers together creating this really fun slimy texture. Not quite solid, not quite liquid--an amorphous solid. :) How's that for your science fill of the day?


Here's what you do:
(according to Science Bob)
1. Combine the following:
 1/4 c. water
1/4 c. Elmer's glue
a bit of food dye
 I used a sandwich bag to do this, which worked great, but in the end we dumped it into bowls to play with anyway, so it might be just as easy to start in a bowl and use a spoon to stir it up.

2. Once the above ingredients are well-combined, add 1/4 c. liquid starch and stir (or squish if you are doing it in a bag) until you get that great slimy texture.

Voila! Now you have slime and lots of smiles from you kids!

Enjoy. :)



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3 comments:

  1. looks like fun, I'll have to try it!

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  2. This is awesome! I am going to have to try it with my 18 month old. Would you like to join my linky party? We feature crafts for and by kids, and this idea is just perfect :)
    Paula at Welcoming Spirit
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  3. I tried this but I used a different brand glue, and I had to add almost 3/4 cup starch to make it slime-y. It probably has something to do with the brand of starch and the brand of glue. Anyway, it was a hit!

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