It’s Slime Yo!

If you have a kid that’s old enough to hold a bottle of glue I’m sure that they’ve either made slime or have been harassing you to let them make it. Walking through the school supply aisle and seeing all the empty spaces where 4 oz bottles of Elmer’s glue used to sit….making me think there’s been a zombie apocalypse….I mean if all the zombies were school kids….gluing stuff, ya know? No? And don’t get me started on the clear glue. I’m pretty sure you need to know some type of shady guy that hangs out in dark alleys dealing glue out of his trunk if you want to get your hands on some. It’s literally impossible to find and when you do find it, it’s like 6.4 billion dollars a bottle (and I rounded down). 

So after several weeks of begging, 29 YouTube videos and 90 pinterest posts I let my kids join in on the slime shenanigans and they’ve been making it nonstop for like 7 months. 

I must say though, I happen to like this craze because it doesn’t require a ton of ingredients to make and the possibilities are endless as far as the different kinds of slime you can make. You can add all natural food coloring ( I get mine from Whole Foods) to make the slime whatever color you want. You can stir in glitter, sequins, beads etc. You can make it fluffy by adding shaving cream. We even add essential oils to some of ours!! 

Ok, so here’s what you need

1 tsp of Borax

1 1/2 cups of warm water

1/2 cup of glue

Easy enough right? I literally ALWAYS have Borax because I use it for my laundry detergent. I know that some people use  liquid corn starch instead but this works for me and like they say “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

First thing you’ll want to do is measure out one cup of warm water. You want it to be warm so the Borax can dissolve easier. Pour directly into a bowl. 

Next add the Borax and stir until COMPLETELY dissolved. This really is important because if it doesn’t dissolve completely it can jack up your slime. Wack, right? 

Now you will need another bowl. I usually buy cheap mixing bowls from Goodwill for my kids to do projects like this so those goof balls don’t try to use my good stuff….whatever that means. Anywho, in the second bowl you’ll be mixing 1/2 a cup of water with half a cup of glue. This is also the step that we added food coloring

So, if you’re going to use food coloring I recommend purchasing one that doesn’t have any artificial dyes. The one I used is from Color Kitchen. It’s plant based and non GMO. It only cost me like 2 bucks

Next, stir the glue mixture. In case you aren’t aware there is an unwritten law that says the baby ALWAYS gets to stir.

Finally, pour the glue mixture into the Borax mixture SLOWLY, stirring while they are combined.

You’ll start to see the slime form right away. This is the coolest part of the whole process and I just love watching how excited the little ones get when their slime becomes REAL.

So, I’m not gonna lie to y’all. We have had a handful of failed slime making attempts. But what do you do when life gives you lemons? Apparently you pretend it’s an entirely different fruit. So I just told Olivia that we were making Flubber instead.

Seriously, this stuff was so rubbery. The kids were bouncing it like a ball.   But we also got some pretty cool slime from the other batches

My absolute favorite was the one my teenage daughter made….and I just wanna say how thrilled I am that my teenage daughter still enjoys doing stuff like this…and that she’s not part of a twerk team, poppin her booty for the gram because apparently that’s a thing. But…..look how pretty! (Shout out to the sequins)

Well, that’s about it for our slime adventures. The kids ask to play with it all the time and it’s a great sensory activity! Let me know how slime making turns out for you and your kids and I’d love to see pictures. Happy Sliming!!!!!

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