Mini Monets and Mommies: Red, White and Blue Glitter Slime for Kids

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Red, White and Blue Glitter Slime for Kids

Slime has been the kids’ activity most on my mind recently. Why? I don’t know, why not? It’s science, kind of artsy, sensory and seriously fun for kids of all ages (really – my 13-year-old even left his Xbox for enough time to help me make a batch, and play with it!).
Kids' goo

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For my first foray into slime, I chose a red, white and blue patriotic version, using glitter (I’m a fan of glitter and I love any activity that is sticky enough to keep the sparkles in place). I’m a bit of a Pinterest addict (my son says it’s for bored stay-at-home moms, and maybe he’s not wrong). Every day I see crazy amounts of slime posts popping up on my feed. After reading up on the DIT’s I found out one thing – they’re all pretty much the same when it comes to ingredients. Now before you start waving your hands and shouting at your laptop, “Um, no way! I have a totally different recipe that no one has ever, EVER thought of!” let me just say, I applaud you. What am I a fan of more than glitter? People who create unique, one-of-kind projects, activities, crafts, lessons, etc. But, in general most slime recipes use water, school glue and either liquid starch of Borax. I went the liquid starch route, and here’s what happened…
Children's activity

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        Liquid starch

·        Water

·        School glue


Before you get started, let me say that this isn’t one of those edible recipes. While liquid starch is mostly corn starch, castor oil, various soaps and a few chemicals, it’s not safe to go in your child’s mouth. Even my 13-year-old (who is used to my making edible play dough and clay recipes) asked, “Mom, can I eat it?” No! No, no, no, no and no! Some kids can’t help themselves and like to explore through their sense of taste. If that’s your child, hold off on making slime.

Also, any bowls, measuring cups and spoons that you use while making slime should become art-only utensils. Don’t reuse them when cooking later on.
Glitter activity

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Measure and mix equal parts of water and glue in a bowl. I used a ½ cup measurement. The bottle of glue that I bought divided roughly into two half cups, so it seemed like a good size. If you want a thicker, denser slime, use less water. Don't forget- this is the perfect time to teach your child some math and science lessons! Let him do the measurements and mixing. Before adding the liquid starch, ask him to predict what will happen.

Slime science
 
2.     Stir the water and glue thoroughly.

3.     Measure the liquid starch. Use the same measurement that you made for the water and glue (in this case it was ½ cup).

4.     Pour the liquid starch into a separate bowl.

5.     Mix the water and glue in slowly. I started with a spoon, then quickly switched to my own hands to get a more thorough mix.

Slime-making project
6.     Sprinkle in the glitter.

Sparkle Activity

Sparkle science
 
7.     Mush, turn and flop the slime and glitter around to mix it up.
Glitter art

Glitter activity
 

Now you’re ready to play! The longer the slime sets, the firmer it gets.

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2 comments:

  1. Because nothing says Independence Day like a little slime, lol! I love the glitter in it!

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  2. Awesome slime! Thanks for linking up at the Thoughtful Spot!

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