Dippy at Home - Snails, Slugs and Slime Part 2

Type:Indoor

A child playing with slime.

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Suitable for: children aged 5-11.

We can’t make our own slime in the same way snails and slugs do. However, why not try this simple way to make your own slime at home?

Experiment with colours and textures until you get the best slime possible.

In the recipes below, there are directions to make ‘basic’ slime and some possible variations.

How to make normal slime

You will need

• 1 cup of PVA glue
• 2 tablespoons of water – you can use more if you want very stretchy slime, but this is a good place to start
• 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
• 1-2 tablespoons of contact lens solution
• Food colouring
• Glitter, if you want
• A bowl
• A spatula or spoon
• An airtight container for storage

You can make variations by adding food colour (gel works best) and glitter to make your favourite type.

Make sure an adult is supervising and remember - always wash your hands before and after playing with slime, and never eat slime.

Note: the contact lens solution is available from opticians and some pharmacies. It's very important you use a brand that includes boric acid in the ingredients. The borax in the solution is the key to making gloopy slime.

Instructions

1. Put 1 cup of PVA glue into a large bowl.

2. Add 2 tablespoons of water and mix well.

3. Add 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda and mix well.

4. This is the best time to add the food colouring. A few drops will give a pastel effect. Use a little more if you want a stronger colour. Again, mix well.

5. Add 1- 2 tablespoons of the contact lens solution. If you add too little, the slime will be too sticky, too much and the slime will be brittle and snap not stretch.

6. Now mix really well. Don’t give up. After a few minutes, the slime will begin to come together and leave the sides of the bowl. It will still be quite sticky.

7. As soon as you can pick it up, knead the slime with your hands. After a little while the slime will firm up and stick to itself more than your hands.

8. If you do find slime is still too sticky, add a few more drops of contact lens solution.

9. If you're using glitter, you can mix it in at this stage.

10. Enjoy your slime - it will keep for a couple of days in an airtight container.

Variations of slime

Fluffy slime: before you add the contact lens solution, add 1-2 cups of shaving foam - not gel. Mix in well before adding the contact lens solution. The fluffiness will not last as long as the normal slime.

Marbled slime: make 2 or more different colours and plait them together.

Crunchy slime: knead small beads (fish bowl beads are great for this) into the slime to create a different texture.

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