What do kids love to do? Explore, experiment, get messy and have fun. Sound about right? Well with this fun DIY adventure they are sure to do just that. It’s slimy, stretchy, smushy, sticky, slippery, sparkly and surprisingly fun for adults, too. I mean, who doesn’t love slime? Now you can make it at home with just a few items.
- Sta-Flo liquid starch (which you can find at Walmart)
- 5 or 9 oz. bottle of Elmers clear glue
- Food coloring
- Large diameter straws
The first thing you will do is decide how many colors you will want to make. For each color, you will need a separate bowl. With a 5 oz. bottle of glue you can make two to three colors. With a 9 oz. bottle, about three to four colors. Divide the glue evenly in each bowl. Then add the food coloring and mix well.
Add the desired amount of glitter to each bowl and stir again. I love to let my kids mix the food coloring and glitter. It looks like a galaxy while it’s being stirred. They love it!
Next, get ready to work your arm muscles and get a little messy. Add one tablespoon of the Sta-Flo liquid starch at a time. You can stir it in with a spoon or use your hands and knead it like you would knead dough. It will be very squishy right away. I added about four tablespoons total to each bowl. It will seem very wet and sticky at first, but as you continue to knead it, it will take it’s form and firm up a bit. You want the slime to be soft and stretchy, but not overly sticky.
Let the slime rest for two minutes. Then, it should be ready to play with.
Now for the real fun! Grab a few straws. (Large straws are preferred for better results but you can use a regular straw as well.) Form a ball with your slime and wrap it around the bottom of the straw. Secure it with your hand and blow into the other end. Your slime should stretch and form a bubble that will seem to go on for miles! Your kids will be amazed and I have to admit I get just as excited about this part as they do.
This will be the coolest slime kids have played with because they helped make it! To make it even more fun, you can add non-toxic glow-in-the-dark watercolors instead of food coloring.
Store in an airtight container when you’re done playing.
Now sit back, relax and enjoy your cup of coffee while you watch your kids have fun for the next hour. You’re welcome.
Good to know: Slime will stick to clothes so make sure your kids are not dressed in clothes you don’t want them to ruin. Also keep away from the carpet.