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Slime Time

Keeping three active boys occupied during the blisteringly hot, late summer days in Houston is a challenge.  Finding a single activity that all the boys, who range in age from four to twelve, will enjoy is even more so.  But, there is one thing that has never failed to entertain us for hours on end – and that’s slime.

We have been making slime for at least six years now and one piece of advice I can share with confidence is, stock up on glue.  Take advantage of the back to school sales going on now and buy more than you think you’ll use.  Seriously, you will thank me for this later.  Once you make slime the first time, your kids will ask for more again and again.

Also, economy glue isn’t a great idea.  I have seen prices at my local grocery store for $0.10 a bottle which was impossible to ignore.  I think I bought 5 bottles.  Whoa, slime for all, I thought.  We found that the consistency was off and the resulting slime was overly sticky. By all means you are welcome to take the gamble but, neither of the times I tried turned out well.  I assume the other brands have a different amount of water in them.  It is possible that, with some tinkering, it could work out but, for now, I’ll just stick to good ‘ol Elmer’s.  Oh, and on the topic of Elmer’s brand, there are two versions; All-purpose and School.  Both work just fine but, the School glue is normally less expensive.

Get started with:

  • Elmer’s School Glue
  • Borax Laundry Booster
  • Food Coloring
  • Tap Water

 

Get jiggy with it:

  1. Mix equals glue and water in a measuring or disposable plastic cup.  I usually empty the entire bottle of glue into the cup and use the glue bottle to measure.  This saves me from getting an actual measuring cup dirty – I do enough dishes as it is.
  2. Add 10-20 drops of food coloring and mix until the color is mixed throughout and you are happy with the intensity.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix 4 teaspoons Borax with 1 1/3 cups of warm water until well dissolved.
  4. Now, here comes the fun part.  Slowly pour the glue mixture into the water and have your kids roll it around a couple of times with their fingers.
  5. Now, just take the slime out of the water. (Ha, easier said than done.)

 

After using our old standard recipe for a couple of years, and seeing some cool variations on Pintrest, we have tried a few.  Along with green and yellow food coloring, we added some glow paint to make super cool glow in the dark slime.  Another time, we added glitter with blue tempera paint instead of food coloring.  The concoction appeared to work but, the slime broke down after a day or so and ended up oozing an orange tinged liquid.  That one ended up in the trash the next day.

Oh and there is one other thing I should mention, straws are a fun addition when playing with slime.  Parker makes some crazy super-sized bubbles with his slime.