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How to Make Slime!

Here at information.com, we like to be ahead of the game with trending topics, however, even we couldn’t predict how quickly the slime trend took the world by storm! Slime has become the perfect playtime activity for kids of all ages and has without a doubt become this year's ultimate playground pastime.

This DIY trend is snowballing by the second and one reason is probably that it is simple and safe to make at home. Not only does this idea encourage creativity and keep kids occupied (especially during the never-ending summer break), but the ingredients are affordable and available from your local grocery store. What's more, the act of making the slime is also a great bonding activity that's both fun and educational that parents and kids can take part in together.

Social media sites are rife with slime recipes and as the trend grows, so does the number of recipes to choose from.  But how do you know which one to choose? Luckily, we have spent hours trawling the web and trialing some of the best slime recipes out there and are only bringing you the best of the best. We have chosen our two favorite recipes that produce the slime with the best textures. The first recipe is those looking to make aesthetic, eye-catching slime and the last one is for parents looking to give their kids a scientific explanation behind the gooey toy!



Recipe #1

Feel free to play around with color and glitter options however it is crucial that you stick to the ratio of ingredients and don't try and replace one ingredient for something similar. What may parents don’t realize is that slime is made because a chemical reaction occurs. You wouldn't let your children mix chemicals in a lab without being aware of the outcome and it's exactly the same with slime ingredients too!  

Shopping List:

  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 1/2 cup of clear PVA glue
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • Glitter and sequins of your choice (the smaller the better!)
  • Contact lens solution

Step 1: Pour your glue into a bowl and pour the warm water into a jug.

Step 2: Add the baking soda to the water and mix gently until the baking soda dissolves.

Step 3: Pour the contents of the jug into the bowl of glue and mix well

Step 4: Now it's time to customize! Add your glitter and sequins and watch your shimmery creation come together!

Step 5: Add a few drops of contact lens solution and stir. Keep adding small amounts of contact lens solution until the slime reaches your desired consistency.

Step 6: Work on the slime with your hands until you feel that the texture is just right!

Be sure to keep your sparkly slime in an airtight container when not in use!

Recipe #2

This gooey goodness is made from milk so those that are lactose intolerant or sensitive to milk, steer clear.

Shopping List:

  • 1 coffee filter
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 7 tablespoons of skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

Step 1: Pour the milk into a cup and add the vinegar. Gently stir until the liquid becomes a solid.

Step 2: Let the solids sink to the bottom of the cup and using your coffee filter, drain off the liquid. You can drain the liquid into the sink as you won't be needing it again. 

Step 3: Add your baking soda to the solid and knead together until you have formed a slimy mixture.

Step 4: Always keep your slime in an airtight container

Recipe #2 Explained!

Milk contains proteins. When these proteins come into contact with vinegar the protein, casein, separates from the liquid element of the milk and forms a solid. That's why casein is used to form so many solids such as adhesives and paint. Finally, the baking soda is added to neutralize the acid which in turn, forces it back to its liquid form creating the perfect slimy consistency!

Safety Warning

One thing you should definitely avoid is the chemical borax. Homemade concoctions containing this chemical has left kids and parents alike with burnt, peeling hands so it's important that you steer clear. What's more, The European Chemicals Agency states that borax can damage fertility as well as cause severe eye irritation.

Why are These Ingredients so Dangerous?

Borax, which has been found in numerous homemade slime recipes as well as manufactured slime products is been declared unsafe for contact with skin. Reports show that the limit for children's toys is 300mg/kg and is it shocking that so many slime products use double or even triple of this chemical. Not only can exposure to this substance cause diarrhea, cramps, and vomiting but it can be hazardous it comes into contact with the skin or the eyes. Because slime is a toy that requires touch, it is frightening, to say the least, that articles are still recommending the use of borax and boron.

 
The Bottom Line

We are proud to bring you a range of fun and safe slime recipes that will be popular with your kids no matter their age, gender or interests. What's more, the ingredients are cheap and thanks to our easy-to-follow guide, it is simple to make! Not only does the act of making the slime encourage your kids to use their hands, be creative and follow instructions to achieve a result, the finished product will also keep them entertained for hours too! Pick one of our clever and easy recipes and get going!

If slime doesn't cut the mustard for your little ones and you're racking your brains on how to keep them busy then check out our reviews of the best smartwatches and the best playhouses for your kids

 

 

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