Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Homemade Slime

I found the recipe for making this fun slime here.  Its very easy and the kids love it!  

Last year for Halloween I made a some for everyone in Big Mr J's class.  They all loved it too!
Ingredients for a single batch:
-1 1/2 cup water, divided
-1 tsp borax {found in the laundry detergent department}
-1/2 cup (4 oz.) white glue
-food coloring, if desired

When I made this large batch I went to Office Max and bought a gallon of glue.  It makes more sense than trying to dump out multiple small bottles of glue.

You'll also need to separate small bowls and spoons for mixing.
1. In one bowl mix the borax with 1 cup of water until thoroughly combined.
2. In the other bowl mix the glue, water and food coloring until thoroughly combined.
3. Now, all you do is mix one mixture into the other.  It will begin to polymerize instantly, keep stirring to combine as much as you can (it will become tougher to stir).
4. Remove the mixture from the bowl and finish mixing by hand. (Some water will remain in the bowl.)

As you work with the slime it will become stiffer and more like putty.

We store our slime in a ziplock bag (the slime can dry out) and when we're not using it we keep it in the refrigerator because it will last longer and prevents mold growth.

Also if you added coloring, don't let the slime sit on any surface for an extended amount of time to prevent staining of the surface.

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