When I think of slime the first thought that pops into my mind is Double Dare. You know the game show hosted by Marc Summers in the late 80s/early 90s? I probably watched every episode and thought it would be completely awesome to go on the show and get slimed. Now truthfully at that age, I probably would have DIED if I had gotten that green goop in my hair, but as I look back I like to think that I thought it would have been fun.
So when I recently visited one of my friends and her children had made slime, I was instantly intrigued. Then she told me how easy it was to create. Of course, I thought it would be perfect for my son, okay, okay and my blog.
First, as always, assemble your ingredients (as my son calls them). As a teacher I have learned it is always best to be completely prepared when attempting an activity. The last thing you want to do is keep an anxious four year old waiting while you get one more thing. So as I said, assemble your ingredients. Hmmm, sounds a bit like cooking, huh? Not quite.
To make slime you need Borax, Clear Elmer's glue, food coloring and water. Are you thinking the same thing that I was thinking when I first heard the ingredient list? What in the world is Borax? Well, apparently its a "detergent booster and multi-purpose household cleaner" yeah, my cleaning pretty much consists of Lysol wipes and various Method sprays. I will admit I was a little skeptical about whether or not it was safe for my children to play around with something made of a cleaner, so I googled it. Borax is sodium tetraborate decahydrate, which is naturally occuring and seems relatively safe as long as its not ingested in large quantities. If you don't believe me, believe Crunchy Betty, who seems to have done tons of research on Borax. The bottom line is use it, but down let your kids eat it!
Back to the slime; first, mix 1 teaspoon of Borax into 1 cup of warm water and stir until it dissolves.
In a separate bowl add an entire 4 oz bottle of clear Elmer's glue and 6 drops of food coloring to 1/2 cup of water. I used green food coloring to relive my Double Dare days.
Next, add the Borax solution to the glue solution and see the chemical reaction start to take place.
Immediately an oozy, jelly like substance starts to form. You should have heard the squeals of delight as my son got his hands all goopy mixing the slime.
After a minute of mixing there will be some leftover water that won't soak in, just dump it down the sink and you are left with slime!
The end product kind of reminds me of Slimer from the Ghostbusters. A little gross, but a lot of fun.