Slime Time

We have all been a little stir crazy and we are starting to really get on each other’s nerves. It’s too hot to play outside and the kids are getting really bored inside. After dinner I realized we had three hours left until bedtime. Paul needed to get on the computer for a while and job hunt. I had just put Thing 3 down for a quick nap and decided it would be a good thing to get Thing 1 and Thing 2 out of the house. So I decided we would go and get the supplies we needed to make some slime.
I didn’t tell the kids what we were going to make, I just told them we needed to get some stuff for a craft. I was worried I wouldn’t find the liquid startch. Walmart had it! On the way home we stopped off to get our van washed and picked up a prescription… secretly I was wasting more time before bedtime. We got everything we needed. I already had the food coloring so the cost of this project was $6. As we were walking out of Walmart I told the kids what we were going to make. They got super excited.
We came home and we made our slime.

When you are pouring in the liquid starch you want to do a little bit at a time. You know you can stop when all of the stuff in the bowl blobbs together like this picture above. It will be very wet for a few minutes. At this point we used our hands to continue to mix it.

I knew for sure Thing 2 would love this project. I thought Thing 1 would like it but didn’t know how excited she would be about the goo. The best thing about this project is that they can play with it over and over. They loved it. Thing 2 had us ROLLING. He took a small piece of his green slime and said, “Watch this mom.” He moves his hands and it looked like a green booger coming from his nose. I was crying I was laughing so hard.

He loved holding it high in the air and watching it stretch.

Thing 1 wasn’t quiet as bold. She was making cookies with hers. That’s about as bold as she got with her slime. They had a great time tonight and for the first time in a few days it was pretty quiet before bedtime. No tantrums, no fighting, just good family fun.
Here is the recipe. This recipe is from Linda De La Garza. I copied it from the SA Living website because I couldn’t find it on her website.
Ooey Gooey Slime
Adapted from SA Living creator Linda De La Garza
Materials needed (equal parts of):
  • Water
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Liquid starch
  • Food coloring of choice
In a large bowl mix glue and water together. Add your food coloring. Start adding the starch and stir with a spoon. It will thicken completely in about 2-3 minutes.
Store it in a zip lock bag. We store our in the fridge.