Keeping kids entertained and not suffering from the perpetual “I’m bored” syndrome is a full-time job. Finding an activity that is both fun and educational can be even more of a challenge.
Nearly all kids love to play with slime. An adult can turn making slime into a fun, learning activity.
Making slime is an entertaining activity for kids of all ages. It’s fun whether it’s for a party or to keep the kids happy on a rainy day.
You’ll need water, craft glue, liquid starch, and food coloring to make the slime. Depending on much slime you want to make, you will need various amounts of water, glue, and liquid starch.
Just make sure to use equal parts of all three. Half a cup of each ingredient will make enough slime for several children to enjoy.
Pour half a cup of water, glue, and liquid starch into a large plastic mixing bowl. With a spoon, stir each ingredient until everything is thoroughly mixed. After you mix the water and glue, add the starch.
Green food coloring is typically used to make slime, but use any color the kids want to try. Adding just a few drops of coloring will probably be enough. To get darker slime, add more food coloring.
Now you’re ready for the educational process. Making slime becomes a mini science lesson when you tell the kids the glue becomes a liquid polymer.
This transformation means the molecules in the glue act like a chain with the rest of the ingredients. The starch makes the mixture slimy in texture.
Prepare another batch of slime to do further experiments. Test how different types of glue and starches make the slime different. Try to find out if adding more or less glue will make the slime different.
Using the Slime
Molding and mixing the slime in your hands will make it stretchier and more fun. When not using the slime, store it in a plastic bag to keep it dry.
This mixture will last a few weeks if stored properly. Warm water should clean up any slime that happens to find its way to places it shouldn’t be.