DIY: Homemade Slime
Monday, January 30, 2012
I got the idea to make slime from The Rookie Moms, which also happens to be one of my favorite parenting blogs. It was super easy to make and far less messy that some of the other actives my son and I engage in. Plus, it keeps so well in the refrigerator that you can use it over and over again. After we mixed everything together, I got out all kinds of kitchen tools and we played with it for well over an hour.
Here’s what you need:
Borax (found with the laundry supplies)
1 bottle of white glue (I picked up a bunch of these during the back to school sales)
*Note, you might be wondering why you need to buy an entire box of borax for just one teaspoon. But, don’t despair. It’s pretty affordable and there are tons of things you can use it for. For example, you can use it to boost your laundry, make your own laundry detergent and cleaning supplies, or you can even try your hand at making your own bouncy ball.
Pour the glue into your mixing bowl.
Fill the empty glue bottle with water, swirl around and pour into the glue that’s already in your bowl and mix together.
Add a couple drops of your favorite food coloring.
Place 1/2 cup water in your measuring cup and dissolve 1 teaspoon of Borax in the water.
Pour your dissolved Borax/water mixture into the bowl and start mixing with your hands.
At first it might seem like it’s too watery or that you’ve done something wrong. Just keep mixing it up and all of a sudden you’ll have slime. If you think it’s necessary, you can always pour off a little of the water. When you’re done playing, just wrap it up in a zip-top bag and throw it in the refrigerator.
Here’s another Pinterest-found idea to squirrel away for a later date. For your next birthday or holiday party, you can make slime kits to give away. Kim McCrary has put together a great tutorial on All Things Simple.