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Slime

Looking for stuff to do at your Halloween party? Here is a really creepy, goopy, gross Halloween activity for you and the kids. I have been making this stuff for years and, even incorporated it into my thesis exhibition when I was getting my MFA some years back. In the past at MakeSpace ARTS for Halloween we dress up like mad scientists and make this with the kids. I always explain the chemical reaction to the kids. That is, the Borax acts as a connector to the polyvinyl acetate molecules in the glue. They don’t seem that interested, just know it is awesome.
This slime recipe is full of fun! My kids absolutely love the "goo-ee-ness" of it! I don't just keep the slime to Halloween events either.
It is very tactile stuff and so fun to play with. You can change the proportions to get different consistencies; I have made a batch so thick it bounced like rubber. As long as the ingredients you use are non-toxic, so is the compound. Kids with sensitive skin might be irritated by the Borax solution so adults can do that part. I always wear gloves and work on a plastic table cloth. Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Slime Recipe

Solution A

1 Cup Cold Water
1 Cup School Glue (clear or white)
3 Drops Food Coloring or 2 Tbsps. of Liquid Tempera, (In color of choice)

Solution B

2 Cups Warm Water
1 Tbsp. 20 Mule Team Borax (found in the laundry isle of your supermarket)
In a small bowl, combine ingredients for solution A. Stir together until color is uniform.

kid art slime class santa monicaIn a medium bowl, stir Borax and the warm water until the Borax is completely dissolved. Very carefully, pour the solution A into Solution B.

Let it sit for 1 minute. Do not stir.

Gently lift the blob to make sure all slime is submerged in the borax solution. Sacks may form that are full of Solution A, make sure the pop and are exposed to Solution B.

Remove slime from Solution B and play with it on smooth surfaces only.

Store for up to one week in an air tight container.

Keep off of fabrics, it will stain!

Sara Hunsucker is Owner and Director of Programs at MakeSpace ARTS in Pasadena, CA and a mom! MakeSpace ARTS is a teaching art studio with programs for kids of all ages. To see upcoming activities like the featured project, visit their website at www.makespacearts.com

Posted by Sara Hunsucker. Posted In : Halloween

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