We learned how to make slime! Have you tried it?
We’ve been sharing sensory fun for every letter of the alphabet, and it’s time for letter S. I figured it was time I learned how to make slime. And it actually worked!
Slime is a very simple play recipe. We just needed two bottles of school glue, some liquid starch, and some food coloring.
My Four and Six each dumped a bottle of glue into the bowl.
My Seven added a tablespoon of starch at a time. We were looking for the mixture to start forming into a slime that we could easily pick up off the bottom of the bowl. We wanted it to form a clump.
My Two did the stirring after we added the food coloring.
The kids dove right in, but right away we could tell the slime was too sticky. The kids were panicking because the slime was sticking to their sleeves and dripping onto their pants. The slime that fell on our newspaper covering just stuck there. Everyone wanted to go wash their hands.
Thankfully, I had read a handy article about how to fix slime fails. We added more liquid starch, little by little, and kneaded the slime until — hurrah! We got the right consistency!
Next time we’ll change a few things.
- We will not keep our school clothes on (even though it all washed out).
- We will work on our new vinyl tablecloth instead of newspaper… which only made it worse!
- We will roll our sleeves up!
- We’ll test it out by poking it instead of getting sticky slime all over our arms.
My Six had the most fun with it. He stayed in the kitchen kneading and gooshing and squeezing long after the other kids had lost interest.
You can tell it’s the right consistency if, when you pull it, it comes cleanly off your hands.
Once the slime started to take shape and stick together, it was a lot of fun. And it will be even more fun when we remember my tips for managing messy play!
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