When you have a very active toddler, you’re always looking for activities to keep their little hands occupied. I’ve recently found a super easy and fun activity for Elle that has a really high return on investment!
Slime, silly putty, flubber…whatever you want to call it, the ingredients for this recipe cost less than $9 and the leftover borax you could use to clean your house or do your laundry.
Now keep in mind that borax has been in hot debate whether it is safe or not to use. Of course borax SHOULD NOT be ingested and playing with slime is a supervised activity. I also store my box of borax out of reach of my children, just like I store cleaning supplies out of their reach. Please do your research and decide what is best for you and your family. Here are some articles that was helpful for me when deciding whether to use borax in crafts. If you choose not to use borax and still want to make a similar craft, try these recipes.
How you make slime is simple. Combine glue, food colouring and water in a bowl, then pour in borax mixed with water.
This is really straightforward until the borax starts reacting with the glue. The mixture becomes really clumpy and will stick to a spoon. You have get your hands in there and swish everything together for about 5 minutes.
We took some flubber with us on our family vacation and the girls played for it everyday for at least 30 minutes each time. We didn’t have any fancy toys, just some forks, spoons and knives and that was enough to keep them happy.
We (yes, me included, it’s fun!) played with the slime 8 times until we threw it out since some dirt and other things got in it. 30 minutes times 8 times? This kid activity cost $1.5/hour if you double the glue and make the slime twice.
Just keep in mind that this silly putty does stick to anything with texture. If the kids get it on their clothes (and it will) simply put it in the wash and the water will dissolve the slime.
Easy Slime Recipe
- 2 cups of white glue
- 1 1/2 cups of warm water
- a few drops of food colouring
- 1 teaspoon of glitter (optional)
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 1/2 teaspoons of Borax
- In a large bowl, combine the first 4 ingredients until the mixture is smooth
- In a measuring cup, dissolve borax with water
- Slowly pour the borax mixture into the glue mixture, stirring as you pour
- With your hands, squish and knead the very clumpy slime until the water is absorbed (about 5 minutes) and the slime becomes slimy and runny.
This recipe is from Mama.Papa.Bubba which also has lots of fun activities for small children.