What is it about kids and slime? From Flubber, to little figurines in clear gunk, to gunge tanks on popular children's shows, to play-dough messes, to bouncing slimes, kids just can't seem to get enough of the stuff. You may be able to handle the mess, and all the nasty things the slime picks up. But a major inconvenience with slime is that it can get expensive. After a while bits of it go missing and it shrinks, or it gets so full of hairs and crumbs that it won't stick, stretch, or slide any more, or it gets exposed to the sun and dries out, losing all its bounce and flexibility. Well, the good news is: you can make your own slimes at home. It is pretty simple, not too expensive and, what is more, your kids will have great fun and learn all sorts of things about patience, chemistry, following instruction, developing creativity, and physics. These are our top ten picks for making your own slime.
To get started making slime, the first thing you need is a kit. This kit includes all the basics you need, as well as the instructions you can follow to make slime whenever you want. Even when the original ingredients are gone, this kit will still be useful thanks to the instructions.
For restocking your slime, you will need a lot of glue. You need to try and use one product consistently, as different brands have different compositions. A gallon jug of Elmer's school glue is perfect, as the product is consistent and good value for money.
Making sure you have enough baking soda is also important for making slime. Again, sticking to the same brand is essential. And buying in bulk is far more practical than buying the small tubs used in the kitchen.
For easily moldable, non-sticky slimes, you will need something to prevent gooeyness. One of the best products out there to make your slime smooth, soft, and non-sticky, is contact lens solution. Once more, buying in bulk is really practical.
If you want to make some glittery galaxy slime, this selection of glitter glues is a great substitute for regular glue. The mix of pink, dark blue, and light blue mean you can create your own galaxy mixes.
Making slime from scratch means picking your own colors. Food coloring is perfect as it is safe and comes out of skin fairly easily. This mix gives you 12 pre-made colors, so you can make any type and range of slime you want.
Another great way of playing with slimes is to give them some texture. These colorfulStyrofoam balls give a wonderful firm texture.
A wonderful way to jazz up some slime is making it glow in the dark. Add to your galaxy mixes, or to generic slimes for a ghoulish or gross glow.
If you want a different glitter mix, this one is a nice selection. The colors are sort of girly, sort of monstrous, and perfect for alien slimes.
Finally, increase how long your slime lasts by storing it properly. These tubs hold a reasonable amount of slime and protect it from drying out, collecting fuzz, or losing parts of itself.