My son really wanted to make his own valentines this year and after a couple different ideas settled on passing out slime! Making slime is really fun, super easy, and (surprisingly) not messy.
How to Make Slime:
(Click here for the Borax-free recipe)
Pour 8oz of Elmer’s glue into a glass bowl.
- Add in 8oz of warm water. (You can just fill up the empty glue bottle to save on dishes!)
- Add whatever color food coloring you choose.
- Stir the mixture.
- Put 1 teaspoon of Borax (a laundry product) into a small cup.
- Fill the cup up most of the way with water. I just eyeball it. I’m guessing 2/3 of a cup of water.
- Slowly add the Borax water to the glue bowl. Keep stirring.
- Knead the slime until it’s absorbed the water.
Since you’ll be working with Borax the actually making of the slime should be done by a grown-up. As you begin to add the Borax solution the glue starts to become rubbery and super cool. The two products actually react together and become polymers so making slime also doubles as a science demonstration!
Once we were done making (and playing with) the slime we divided it up into snack sized bags. One batch of the recipe above made enough for 12 bags. I typed up Happy Valen-slime’s Day! bag toppers and stapled them to the top of the bags. You can print out the free printable Valenslime bag toppers by clicking on the link below.
Slime is such a great sensory experience for kids–definitely something worth trying! Especially since there are so many learning activities involved. While preschoolers may not remember the term polymer they are exploring their world and building the vital background knowledge that will help them succeed in school. Plus, it really is just plain cool to play with!