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Slimy Fun - great DIY activity with kids to boost creativity and interest in science

By Kerry Fuller

Slime. Kids love slime. Easy to resist as it can be a commitment to a messy kitchen and extra washing up of loads of bowls and spoons (used for mixing!). However, it is actually far less ‘messy’ than expected and also a good lesson in science and creativity for children!! It is easy to put together a ‘slime kit’ - include a small canister of baking soda, a bottle of glue, a bottle of contact lens solution, a can of shaving cream and a packet of Blu-Tack. You can also print the below-listed recipes (they look prettier with fancy font and in colours!) and make little laminated cards (who doesn’t love a laminating project?!?). If you really want to get fancy, you can also include plastic containers in many sizes - large one for storing the actual ingredients and smaller ones for storing the slime once created. Also, a few decorations can further enhance the slime. There are some environmental considerations when using glitter and polystyrene balls, but…. the sensory satisfaction from slime which includes polystyrene balls is quite real…. Also, glitter really does make everything prettier. You can also add paint to the slime to change the colour. If you do go down this route, you may want to pay better attention to what paints your kids use (acrylic doesn’t wash out very easily!!!) - you may want to stick with something washable.



GLUE SLIME


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup PVA Glue
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Contact Lens Solution
  • Glitter (optional)

Instructions

  • Add PVA Glue to a bowl.
  • In a separate glass jug, add the warm water and baking soda - mix until the baking soda has dissolved.
  • Pour baking soda mixture into the glue and mix.
  • Add any glitter or sequins.
  • Pour in a tiny bit of Contact Lens Solution until slime reaches desired consistency.
  • Take out of bowl and work with hands to make the perfect slime!

STARCH SLIME


Ingredients

  • PVA Glue
  • Starch

Instructions

  • Pour 2-3 tablespoons glue in a cup or bowl
  • Add color if you want
  • If you would like to make your slime ‘fluffy’ add 1 tablespoon of shaving foam and stir.
  • In a separate container, mix up 500ml water with 10 teaspoons starch powder.
  • Gradually add your starch solution to your PVA solution, stirring thorughout. The glue should start to stick to itself and become more solid and less sticky. Once your glue has stopped being sticky, pick it up and move it around in your hands. If it starts to get sticky again, add more starch solution.

FLUFFY SLIME


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup PVA glue
  • 3 or 4 cups shaving foam
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Contact lens solution
  • Food coloring

Instructions

  • Put shaving foam into a bowl. Add color if you like.
  • Add PVA glue to the shaving cream and mix.
  • Add baking soda and mix.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of contact lens solution and start whipping!
  • Take out of bowl and work with hands to make the perfect slime!

CORNFLOUR SLIME


Ingredients

  • Cornflour
  • Hair Conditioner

Instructions

  • Mix together equal parts cornflour and conditioner. This may look discouraging for a little bit but it will reach the right consistency with persistence.
  • Once it is thickened up, take it in your hands and knead until it becomes slime.

BLUE TACK SLIME


Ingredients

  • Blue Tack
  • Hand Soap

Instructions

  • Take a reasonable piece of blue tack and work between your fingers to warm it up.
  • Take your hand soap, and add a little at a time, working it into the blu tack. It will get softer and more malleable as you work. Stop when it reaches the right consistency. If you add too much, it will make the slime sticky!


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