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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Messy Backyard Fun Day: Slime!

Do you feel as though you've taken your kids to the same places over and over this summer, and you're just itching for something new to break the monotony? Well maybe it's not that bad, but still new ideas are always welcome, right?

These past two weeks, we've actually gone to some ideas that have been around for ages, but they are new to my kids. The volcanoes and the shaving cream ideas have been done a million times before, and so has slime. But these activities were still novel to my boys.

To make Homemade Slime you'll need:

  • 1 tsp. Borax (found in the laundry aisle)
  • 1 1/4 c. water, divided
  • 4 oz. white or clear glue
  • food coloring
It took four stores before we found Borax. Two of the stores had a shelf tag for Borax, but were out of stock, one store just didn't carry it, and finally we found some at the Target in Penfield.
First, mix one teaspoon of Borax into 3/4 cup of water. Stir until dissolved and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix the glue and 1/2 cup of water. Mix in a few drops of food coloring; my boys chose their favorite color: green.
Pour the Borax solution into the glue mixture and stir until it starts to solidify.
Keep stirring until you can scoop out the solids with your hands. There will be a lot of water leftover in the bowl, and it's time to get a little messy!
Start kneading the solids in your hands. It will start to become smooth and less watery...until it becomes slime!
Your slime is ready to go. Bounce it, shape it, stretch it, and have fun.
Why are you still reading? Go find some Borax and make slime! As always, thanks for reading.

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