Today’s activity is actually something I learned on the Focus on the Family webcast a few weeks ago. (Remember that? They interviewed me about the Shoes 2 Share challenge?) The entire focus of the webcast was fun, frugal and super easy activities to do with kids—including all kinds of diy toys and games by a couple/family/ministry called, Kid Concoctions.
One of these concoctions was slime. That’s right. We’re making slime today. It actually kinda reminds me of “gak”. Remember that stuff a few years ago? It’s a little tighter than slime but not quite as hard as silly putty. Who knew there could be so many kinds, huh?
All you need is water (easy), one cup of white glue (a small container is 4oz, so you’d need 2 of those), food coloring and 4 teaspooons of Borax.
Grab one large bowl and mix in the cup of glue with a few drops of food coloring. Mix until it’s the color you like.
After it is a uniform color, add 1 cup of water. Stir.
Now, in another bowl, add 1 1/3 cups of warm water and 4 teaspoons of Borax. Borax is a powdered laundry booster. So, it should semi dissolve in the warm water. Once this is mixed, pour this new solution into your colored glue bowl. The second it hits, you’ll see a science miracle take place–these two liquids begin to form a solid!
You can start stirring, or do what Lydia did and stick your hands in to mix it up!
The more you mix the thicker and more gelatinous (*shudder*) it becomes. Once it has collected into a giant ball glob, there will be some excess water. Either pour that out or put your new glob of slime into another bowl and continue kneading and smooshing with your hands.
With the right measurements and the right ingredients, it should end up looking something like this:
If you don’t have quite enough glue (who, me?) it might be a little more like this:
And if you couple it with some old-as-the-hills clumpy glue from the back of your closet, it might end up like this:
Regardless, your kids will think this is the best thing ever! My nieces and nephew are visiting from Mexico (they are missionaries there) and they giggled and squealed the entire time we made this. And even though some of it turned out crazier than others, they played with it for a good 30-45 minutes after we made it.
As we played with it, I was reminded of our verse from Monday:
I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand…Yet I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, do not delay.
What a great picture of what God has done for us!
Enjoy your slime! And thank you to Kid Concoctions for the great idea!
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