Slime….it is one of those things that looks and feels disgusting, but is just too much fun to ignore. I can remember growing up loving all things slimy: earth worms, homemade mud pies, and Gak. Gak was so much fun! I even enjoyed making all the silly noises with it too, haha There is just something about slime that is irresistible for kids (and sometimes adults!). It is fun to now sit back and watch my kids enjoy all those things I did when I was their age 🙂
When I brought up the idea of making homemade slime, my kids didn’t hesitate on answering…YES! My son was the most on board. I am sure you have all heard about Shopkins and the now boy version, Grossery Gangs. This house is full of all things Shopkins and Grossery Gang, to the point of paranoia due to my 11 month old wanting to put everything in her mouth-ahhhh! If you have not heard the phrase “Your Shoppins’ Gone Rotten!”, then you have not truly experienced Grossery Gangs. These things are hideously gross looking, but at the same time so funny. My son loves these things, just as much as my daughter loves her Shopkins. Of course when I mentioned making slime to my kids, Grossery Gangs entered into the picture. This slime was the perfect ‘play zone’ for all those squishy collectibles.
Homemade slime is a huge fad right, due to the easy steps as well as the fun of making it in your own home. Along with this fad also has come the fear of a few of the ingredients. The main culprit, Borax. Borax is a ‘naturally made’ powder detergent. The fear is of its possibility of causing skin allergic reactions as well as a respiratory allergen if breathed in. I have used Borax in a few things, and we have had no skin allergic reactions. Just like with anything, skin allergies are a possibility. As for the respiratory allergen, I measure the borax and allow my kids to do the stirring. I don’t allow them to lean over the powder, etc. I am teaching my kids the safety of all types of experiments, which I believe is very important! I have included a Borax-free slime experiment.
1/2 cup Shaving Cream
1 teaspoon Borax
1/2 cup Glue
1/4 teaspoon Corn Starch
A few drops of food coloring
First, an adult or a responsible older child, needs to measure out the 1 teaspoon of Borax and put it into a bowl. Next, pour 1 cup of warm water and stir until dissolved. In a separate bowl, mix the 1/2 cup of glue, 1/2 cup of shaving cream, and food coloring. Once that is mixed well, stir in the 1/4 teaspoon of corn starch. Now for the formation of slime: carefully pour in the dissolved Borax and stir. As you stir, the slime will be begin to become more thick and pull from the side of the bowl. Once it starts to pull away from the bowl, you will need to take it out and knead it. Take note that it can be pretty sticky right here…the more you play with it, the less sticky it will be. Let the slime fun begin!!
Note: We kept our slime in a ziploc bag. After 4 days, it has lost its fluffiness and is more like Gak! Still a fun slime 🙂
If you are wanting to go with the Borax-Free version, here are the ingredients:
1/2 cup Glue
4 cups Shaving Cream
1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 tablespoon Saline Eye Solution plus extra if too sticky
A few drops of food coloring
As with the other slime, measure out the glue and shaving cream into a bowl and mix. Then add a few drops of food coloring and mix until it is blended well. Add the baking soda and mix some more. Once you have all the main ingredients mixed well, add the saline. The saline will cause the slime to start pulling away from bowl. Once it starts to form somewhat of a ball, try and pick it up with your hands. I had to add more saline at this point because it was just way too sticky. As like the other slime, the more you knead and play with it, the less sticky it will be 🙂
Both slimes were great…I could tell a slight difference in the two though: Borax Slime was more slime/gak like and not so sticky whereas the Borax-Free Slime was a tad bit stickier and more like goo after a while. Either way, my son loved them both! He had a blast with his Grossery Gangs and slime.
Hope you all enjoy the slime as much as he did! 🙂