An Afternoon Making Slime

Making Slime with a toddler| Wet weather activities | The Halcyon Years

This isn’t my usual style blog post. I love to have a go at crafts, but anything I make generally turns out a bit pants so I definitely shouldn’t be your go to blogger if you want some crafting ideas! But this week we turned our hand to making some slime and it was so much fun I thought I’d share it with you!!

Ettie loves magazines, you know the ones that cost a fiver and always have loads of tat stuck to the front! Whenever Stu takes her out for a walk (usually to the shop on a Saturday morning to get some bacon!),  she always comes back with one and as a result we have all sorts of little plastic toys dotted all over the house (thanks Stu). Well as a result of these magazines we’e made some pretty cool stuff recently. Last week it was Christmas baubles which resulted in my kitchen being covered in glitter for days! This week I thought I’d take things up a level and we tried our hand at making some slime!

Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Brilliant!!!

Kit List:

To make slime you need the following ingredients:

  1. PVA glue – clear for glittery smile or white for marshmallow looking slime
  2. Contact lens solution or this Liquid magic from Amazon (we used the latter)
  3. Some decoration – we used a pack from one of the magazines that had glittery bits, little plastic balls and some green colouring but you can also also but a pack on Amazon here.
  4. Some Bicarbonate of Soda (for a heavier duty slime)
  5. A bowl
  6. Something to stir the mix
  7. Some wet wipes – or something to clean up with afterwards

Step 1.

The first step was to empty the contents of the glue into a bowl. We were making glittery slime so used the clear PVA glue and we used around 125m – although I wasn’t too fussy with measurements.

Step 2.

The next step is to add in your decoration. We used gold and pink glitter with some little pink stars for added Christmassy effect!! Be warned this was Ettie’s favourite part of the process and she wanted to chuck everything in, but the colours you choose here will effect the final look of the slime so its better to use some restraint and limit it to one or two colours otherwise you’ll just end up with a brown sludgy mess.

Step 3.

Step there involves mixing it all together. You could use a wooden stick but we found a large spatular worked the best to make sure all the glittery bits came away from the bottom of the bowl.

Step 4.

Add in the contact lens solution (1 tablespoon) or we used one full bottle of the Liquid magic from Amazon. Keep staring because this is the stage where the glue turns into slime. It will be quite watery at first but as the air gets to it, it will toughen up and become more slimey. If you still find it more watery, add more contact lens solution until you get a consistency you like.

And there you have it…. Pink gooey glittery slime.

She was a bit frightened to touch it once it was done so we had to put it in a cup! But she came round a little later and served it to her Daddy for his dinner!

Making Slime with a toddler| Wet weather activities | Ettie and Me

Then we made Green Goop.

We also made Green Goop which is the same process as the slime, but we added a 1/4 of a teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda to the mix at the beginning and this made the goop a little stiffer!

The balls and green colouring were some of the bits that came with the magazine and we added them straight to the PVA glue before adding the contact lens solution. 

I hope you enjoyed this and it maybe gives you an extra idea for Christmas. Ettie is 2 years and 4 months and loved getting messy but I think it would be a great activity for older kids too! I’ve linked all the bits we used from Amazon (but this Starter Kit has everything in too) and the magazine was just from the local newsagents.

Happy Sliming!! (isn’t science brilliant!)

The next thing on our agenda to make is these fun Chinese Dragons from Suburban Mum: Watch this space xx

 

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6 Comments

  1. 9th February 2019 / 10:59 pm

    This looks fun! I haven’t made slime before but my 5 year old would love it.

  2. 10th February 2019 / 3:52 pm

    She looks like she’s having so much fun! Making slime is such a magical experience for children isn’t it? I share lots of process art ideas on my website which you might like to try, as the focus is on the experience, rather than the final outcome. #BlogCrush

  3. 14th February 2019 / 7:54 pm

    You are a braver mum than me…I like a bit of crafting but have yet to brave the slime!! #KidsandKreativity

  4. 14th February 2019 / 8:55 pm

    I’d love to make slime, but my boy likes to taste everything we make… So I haven’t dared to try slime yet, considering the ingredients. Maybe one day… it looks like so much fun, and I loved to play with slime when I was a kid! x #KidsandKreativity

  5. 14th February 2019 / 9:19 pm

    We have yet to make slime but it sounds like all kids love it so perhaps we’ll try it out. I agree to not being a fan of magazines with plastic tat in front of them and costing silly amounts too. We’ve found the Totschooling website to be just as fun and educational. #KidsandKreativity

  6. kerrybearman
    15th February 2019 / 9:22 am

    We love slime in our house! It’s so much fun, we doing Easter slime next week in the holidays.Thanks for linking up to #KidsandKreativity, really hope to see you back next time.

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