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Fun Friday: Stuck Inside…Make Slime

Written by Amber Marie | February 2, 2018

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This past week, we had a few rainy days that kept us stuck inside. Although staying in can be fun, if your children have been cooped up for too long, they get a bit crazy (targeting mom with Nerf guns all day, toddlers throwing things in the toilet, you name it). My normal “go to” crafts are playing with clay or paint, but after doing these activities multiple days in a row, my children were looking for something new. Enter SLIME!
Are you ready for a little science lesson? Slime is a non-Newtonian substance (fluid). This means it is not a solid or a liquid but a mixture of both. All fluids have something known as viscosity, which describes how thick or thin a fluid is (it’s flow). Fluids with a constant viscosity are called Newtonian fluids. These substances give way when pressure is applied. For example, if you were to hit a bowl of water (Newtonian substance) with a hammer, the water would splash everywhere (giving way to the pressure of the hammer). A non-Newtonian substance does not act like a normal fluid. A substance like Slime or Oobleck (post coming soon) changes its flow (viscosity) depending on the amount of pressure applied. With Slime, as you roll it around in your hand it has the consistency of Jello (solid but wiggly), but as soon as you stop moving it around it begins to drip out of your hands like syrup (liquid but slow moving). Well, that’s it for our science lesson today, let’s get to the fun part…making the slime!

I suggest that you be the primary creator of the slime, however, toward the end of the directions, your children may take part in completing the recipe.

SLIME

Ingredients:

  • White Glue
  • Water
  • Liquid Starch (like Sta-Flo…can be found in laundry section of any store)
  • ½ measuring cup
  • Bowl
  • Spoon for stirring
  • Food Coloring

Directions:

  1. Measure ½ cup of water and ½ cup of glue and pour each into the first bowl.
  2. Add your choice of food coloring to the desired color shade.
  3. Mix with the spoon until ingredients are completely combined.
  4. Measure ½ cup of liquid starch and pour into the second bowl.
  5. Slowly pour, a little at a time, the liquid starch into the glue/water mixture, stirring as you pour. As you stir, the mixture will become more solid-like and feel cold to touch (it shouldn’t be sticky).
  1. When all ingredients begin to combine into a “glob”, use your hands to finish mixing the ingredients until thoroughly mixed together. Imagine kneading a ball of dough. This step is a perfect place for children to take over. As they knead the slime it will become more combined.

TIP 1: If too hard, add more glue. If too sticky, add more liquid starch.

TIP 2: Rub some oil on your hands to prevent any food coloring from dying your hands the first time you mix the Slime.

  1. Time to Play! When finished, let your children explore and play with the Slime. After they are done, you can store in a Ziploc bag for up to a week before the slime needs to be discarded. Label the bag with the date to help remind you.
Slime is a fun and interesting substance that can be manipulated in so many cool ways. If your children are a little unsure of the feel or texture of the Slime, put it in a Ziploc bag and let them push and play with the bag to maneuver the Slime inside.

Stay tuned for another Fun Friday craft coming soon. Next up…Oobleck! Now, this non-Newtonian substance will really blow your child’s mind (and maybe even your own).

References:
https://www.imaginationstationtoledo.org/educator/activities/oobleck
https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/1502-non-newtonian-fluids
Recipe shared from Fairfax County Office for Children

 

Amber Marie

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2 Comments

  1. Annette

    pinning this to my science board 🙂

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    • Amber Marie

      Thank you Annette

      Reply

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