So I admit that I have been trying to stay away from the world of slime. We teach kids from 3.5 to 12 years of age and in the last coupla years as slime-mania has grown, I made the conscious decision not to do a single class on that subject. Yes, we have had students beg us to do slime but I stood firm and gave our standard answer: No.
But this weekend the time is nigh. As usual, we will be teaching workshops @grandbazaarnyc on Sunday July 15. Since its also National Ice Cream Day, Grand Bazaar is having a special event which always brings in more vendors than usual but more than that, they will also have a ton of specialty vendors selling their artisanal ice creams and gelato and that is more competition for me.
So I had to come up with an activity that could potentially rival ice cream in a child’s mind and voila: I believe that is slime. So for each workshop, participants will make 3 different types of slime: Fluffy, Magnetic and Clear.
I will let you know next week how it goes. But please keep your fingers crossed for me.
So for the first recipe, we are looking at Fluffy Slime. Grace, who will be my six-year old assistant is literally enthralled with making fluffy slime. Every day that I have picked her up from STEM summer camp and in the prior week when she learn to make it, the first question out of her mouth is can I make slime. She has gotten good at accepting no. But she continues to ask. I will give her kudos that she had the guts to ask her teacher if she could show her classmates how to make slime. Her teacher agreed and she will be making it next week.
Anyway that was a long way to explain that Grace and her twin Leila, are both loving fluffy slime. My big disappointment is that the fluffiness only seems to last a few hours. But the girls still love playing with it in its deflated form.
So please checkout the recipe below as well as the printable recipe. In the meantime, the other two recipes will be posted in the next 24 hours.
Gloves are optional.
Pour the glue into a container. While I used clear glue in this tutorial, white glue works just as well. Of not, I used a 20 oz paper bowl to figure out if we could use it during the workshop on Sunday. It was barely big enough for the fluffy slime. We won’t have easy access to running water during the market so disposable ones are the way to go. At home, give yourself enough working room and use a large mixing bowl.
Add the colorant. Remember the darker the hue, the more likely you are to stain hands when playing with the slime.
Mix the three ingredients until everything is well combined.
Shaving cream time.
Into the glue the firs half cup of shaving cream goes.
It’s mixing time.
I decided to see if mixing by hand at this stage would work. it was messy, even with disposable gloves. Once finished mixing, set aside.
In the meantime, add the baking soda to a small bowl.
Combine with the contact eye solution and mix well.
Add the solution to the glue and shaving cream mixture.
As mentioned above, it would have been easier if I had used a larger bowl and I was not trying to take pictures with one hand.
Once the mixture is pulling away from the sides, it is ready fork needing. It will still be sticky at this point.
It was hard to take pictures of me kneading the slime. My camera stand has decided to go on vacation and not tell me where.