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WRAL@Home: Fun with slime

Posted May 21, 2020 10:21 a.m. EDT

— This project is a perfect combination of science and art. My 9 year old daughter Quinn loves to make slime. In fact, we call her “Slimy Quinn”. She makes slime nearly every day and she plays with it constantly. She has a designated slime table which stores at least 30 containers of slime at any given time. She was really excited to share her slime making skills in hopes that others will enjoy getting “slimy” as well.

Slime Recipe:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 small bottle washable school glue, such as Elmer's
  • 1 to 2 drops liquid food coloring (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons saline solution (i.e., contact lens solution), divided
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of corn starch

EQUIPMENT

  • Measuring spoons
  • Glass or plastic mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Start with Glue: Pour the glue into a medium bowl.
  • Add the baking soda: Add the baking soda to the glue mixture and stir until smooth.
  • Add food dye and cornstarch: Add a few drops of food dye and 2 to 3 tablespoons of cornstarch. Mix well. 
  • Add the contact lens solution: Pour in 2 tablespoons of the contact lens solution and stir slowly. The mixture should begin to harden, becoming stringy.
  • Mix until a ball forms: Continue mixing slowly until a ball of slime forms.
  • Knead by hand: Pick up the slime and work between your two hands, until smooth. If the slime is particularly slimy, work in another 1/2 tablespoon of contact lens solution as needed.
  • PLAYING WITH SLIME! Once mixed, you can play with the slime immediately or store for future play in a sealed plastic or glass container