3 Cheap and Fun Projects for you and your little ones!

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Store bought craft project to keep your little ones occupied are expensive. You’re just buying the packaging that you will just throw away when they lose interest, so why not make your own with ingredients that you have laying around the house?!

If you have an internet savvy five-year-old then chances are you have heard them ask you to make slime. What the heck are they talking about and how can you get them to settle down? And what exactly is slime?

What is Slime?

Slime is any concoction of ingredients that creates a gooey, silly, gloppy play toy that makes a flatulent noise. It was made popular by Nickelodeon’s Mark Summers and has recently made a comeback. A recent search for slime on the website YouTube has generated over 18 million results. In this article we will be making slime three ways.

EDIBLE SLIME

This recipe has its origins from a FORKLY recipe you can find the original here.

  • 1 bag of Mini-Marshmallows
  • 3/4 cup of cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup of confectioners sugar
  • 3-4 tbs. of coconut oil
  • Food coloring

In a pot on the stove melt down your bag of marshmallows. In a large bowl add your confectioner’s sugar and cornstarch. When the marshmallows have melted down add that melt to the sugar and cornstarch in the large bowl. THIS WILL BE HOT SO PROCEED WITH CAUTION. Mix with a spoon. Coat your hands with some of the coconut oil which will prevent it sticking and when the temperature is warm to the touch, knead until incorporated. Add coconut oil until you are happy with the consistency. Separate into three masses and different colored food coloring. Knead and enjoy.

OOBLECK

This recipe is very simple, all you need is:

  • A Large Bowl
  • One box of cornstarch
  • One cup of water

In a large bowl add a box of cornstarch. Slowly add the water and mix with your hands. Your hands will be the best tool for this job so surrender to the fun. When the mixture is the right consistency add food coloring. This “Oobleck” is called a Non-Newtonian Liquid. For more information on that concept click here.

CONTACT SOLUTION SLIME

This is the recipe that creates the most recognizable slime that does not have Borax in it. If you have a child who is allergic to soaps and things this recipe is your best slimy bet.

  • Elmer’s Glue, One Bottle of
  • Warm Water,
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • Contact Solution (Sodium Borate)
  • Stir Stick
  • Food Coloring (optional)

Pour your glue bottle into a bowl. Add warm water half way to your glue bottle then pout into bowl with glue. Add baking soda and stir well with stir stick. Mix until runny. Add food coloring. Now add the contact solution and stir gradually. The slime should start to form. Gradually add contact solution until you get the consistency you desire.

Your kids are going to love making this with you. It will make your break a fun one and also one your little ones won’t soon forget. Happy Holidays and Happy Sliming!

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