Fun Slime Recipes
There is a new trend of making glow in the dark slime. Some of the recipes you will find below are great glow in the dark glue slime recipes.
How many times have you scolded your kid for going home wet and dirty with stains all over their clothes, face, and body after an hour or so of messy play outside? Perhaps, countless times. You’ve even probably banned the poor child from playing outdoors because of the constant intimidating amount of dirt and mess you have to deal with.
If you’re into the neat freak kind of parenting, you probably can’t tolerate messy play. It’s your consistent chore to teach your kids the importance of tidying up and keeping things in order. You despise dirt and mess. You hate to see even a single stain on your child’s shirt. When this happens, you scream, “Eww! Germs!” Just after the not-so-good surprise, you command your child to wash off the dirt immediately and thoroughly.
Of course, parents, especially moms have a solid reason for their strict rules on cleanliness. One of the major benefits of good hygiene is good health. We cannot deny this fact. Still why is it so difficult, impossible even, to stop kids from playing all things yucky and dirty?
Benefits of Messy Play
You’ve probably asked the question above a couple of times because you totally hate removing stains from clothes. Also, you never approve of your kid getting in touch with all kinds of germs. “Of all the organisms he could be close with”, you mutter under your breath.
Nevertheless, we don’t realize that we’ve been there and done that, too. When you were kids, you probably tried catching frogs on a rainy day, or explored what’s beneath that mud. And yes, those days annoyed our parents, too.
Truth is, kids need messy play. This is because they are naturally curious, playful, creative, and adventure-seekers. The activity gets them engaged in their environment. They ask questions, and try to find the answers themselves. They immerse themselves in creative learning that they don’t mind getting dirty at all.
What are the benefits of letting your kids experience this kind of activity?
- Enhanced development of the senses
When kids explore their environment, and see what they can learn from it, they make use of their senses. Activities that allow sensory play are vital for physical development such as the hand-eye coordination. Kids become more aware of the things around them. They perceive different characteristics of the elements present in their environment. As a result, they gain better descriptive abilities.
- Improves Creativity
If you think kids are just being mischievous when they do messy play, well, don’t judge them yet. Perhaps, they are trying to imitate a certain phenomenon they saw in their environment. Or maybe, they want to be familiar with the behavior of some organisms. Recreating the scene, they discovered, is a great way of remembering things. Plus, it encourages them to be more creative when doing the process.
- Brings out the scientist in your child
Curiosity is one of the main qualities of a scientist. Scientists have a hunger for discovering new knowledge. They observe things intently, form some logical guesses, and do experiments to establish facts. Kids also do these basic steps when they do sensory play.
School subjects dealing with science could prompt children to do their own experiments when they get home or when they play with their friends. It’s a good thing because it simply shows that your kid listens well in class and responds to the learnings taught by testing the authenticity of information by themselves. So, allow them to be inventive from time to time.
- Boosts imaginative powers
When kids do messy play, there’s a lot going on inside their imagination. An active imagination is essential in many aspects of learning. It is very much related to creativity, since creativity requires the use of imaginative powers. Imagination is also crucial in developing problem-solving skills because it allows the mind to weigh in options and figure out their respective outcomes. On top of that, a powerful imagination compels you to come up with unique creations.
- Develops social skills
All kinds of play that involve interaction with other kids encourage your child to become more sociable. He needs to develop social skills early on because it will help him to combat problems such as shyness and low self-esteem. All of us need social skills to create good relations with other people, learn how to become a team-player, practice leadership abilities, and know how to deal with difficult people.
Messy, hands-on play that may sometimes require team effort is way better than the neat smart phone games addiction common nowadays. Playing games on smart phone, tablet, or computer promotes social isolation. It’s not healthy both on the physical and social aspect when done on constant basis. Wise parents would probably encourage their kids to lead an active lifestyle with a couple of good friends.
The Slime Obsession
Still, if you’re uncomfortable on the idea of letting your kid stay frequently outdoors, you probably wonder if there’s an indoor activity that is equally exciting and beneficial for your kids. You bet, the toy manufacturer who came up with the first ever slime back in 1976 understood this concern. Yup, playing with slime is a fun indoor activity that boosts creativity, inventive skills, imaginative powers, motor and sensory development, plus social skills, of course, if you invite some of their playmates to come over.
Well, wait though. What’s the point of playing with the squishy, gooey, and unpleasant-smelling slime that’s cool to the touch? Probably, you’re one of us who initially didn’t understand how it makes sense, especially when you see those kinds that contain rubber insects, eyeballs, seemingly amputated finger, and other strange items being sold in toy stores. That’s actually where the fun starts. Try to figure out how you can play with slime!
To add more fun to your child’s game, why not join the slime-obsessed bandwagon and try to make your own slime at home? You don’t need hard-to-find ingredients and complicated set of procedures to get you started. We’ve found five easy slime recipes you can try with your kids at home.
Minion Slime Jars
Ask any kid if he knows what Minions are and he’ll probably tell you an accurate answer. These cute little characters from the Despicable Me movie are so adorable that they gained popularity all over the world. Kids and adults alike who love the characters have found a unique delight in collecting Minion-designed items.
But why spend a huge amount of cash on those expensive collector’s items when you can make your own Minion-themed collection at home? One project that you and your kids would enjoy doing is a collection of Minion slime jars. With just a few materials, you can decorate your kid’s room with his favorite cartoon character.
You can also bring out your child’s storyteller side. Together, you can recreate his favorite Despicable Me scenes. Some kids have a knack at memorizing movie lines and they incorporate this talent in their little roleplaying game at home. Pretend to be the audience and watch intently as your kid tries to entertain you with his narration skills. Not enough characters to play all the roles? Invite some of his playmates to come over.
Who says you can’t use cartoons to develop your child’s talent and learning abilities?
Black and gray vinyl
Small circle punch
Black Americana multi-surface paint
Ingredients for Slime:
2 Elmer’s White Glue Bottles
1 teaspoon Borax
Yellow food coloring
How to prepare the Minion Jars:
Cut two small circles out of gray vinyl using a small circle punch. Paste the moveable eyes on the two small circles.
Cut a strip of black vinyl that’s enough to be placed around the jar. Paste the Minion’s eyes on it.
Put a strip of denim tape around the bottom of the jar.
Paint the lid with the Black Americana multi-surface paint.
How to make the slime:
Empty content of two Elmer’s White Glue bottles into a mixing bowl.
Fill the empty bottles with warm water and shake well afterwards. Then, pour the water into the bowl.
Add in the yellow food coloring.
Stir the mixture well.
Combine ½ cup warm water with 1 teaspoon borax in a separate container.
Add in the water and borax mixture into the first mixing bowl.
Stir thoroughly until you notice that the texture of the slime thickens.
After a minute, remove the slime from the mixing bowl and transfer it into the Minion jar you’ve prepared earlier.
Most kids are interested with animals. After a trip to the zoo, reading a fable, watching a jungle-themed movie, he might be inspired to learn morelessons about wild animals. Take advantage of this situation by letting your kid experience a fun learning opportunity. Come up with your customized mini zoo at home using a DIY slime and your kid’s little toy animals.
Through the jungle slime sensory play, you and your kid can create a mini roleplay of your child’s favorite fable. Or perhaps, you can read facts about wild animals together. You can ask your kid to make a little report about the facts of each wild animal. Your kid will surely love the fun learning activity on science and nature.
It will be an amazing experience to squeeze out his creative juices and his imaginative powers. Spend a day out in the woods even if you’re just at home by making a DIY jungle slime.
Clear school glue
Washable liquid watercolors (green, yellow, and gold)
Green and gold glitters
Plastic jungle animals
How to make the jungle slime:
Pour ¼ cup water into a mixing bowl.
Add in the clear school glue and mix thoroughly with water.
Add in the first liquid watercolor that you want. For example, green.
Add some glitters.
Pour ½ cup of liquid starch into the mixture and stir well.
Repeat steps to make separate batches of slime with the rest of the colors.
When everything’s done, start playing and placing the plastic jungle animals on the slime.
Most of us are curious about what’s life like under the ocean. It’s most likely the reason behind the existence of SpongeBob Squarepants and his beloved Bikini Bottom community. It will surely thrill your kid if you both work on a DIY ocean slime project and recreate your own Bikini Bottom town at home.
This is also a great science project idea showcasing the diversity of the awe-inspiring marine life. It will help your kid become more familiar of the ocean slime and even enable him to memorize major facts about this subject.
It’s an exciting activity for the summer season when your mind is stuck at fantasizing the cool and relaxing sea water. You can even bring your ocean slime at the beach so your kid will be more inspired to learn about marine life. As he observes the sea, he can imagine the corals, fishes, and thousands of sea creatures swimming about underwater.
Try the DIY ocean slime and you’ll never regret plunging into this project. It will enable your kid to appreciate the nature and gain big knowledge about the ocean life.
½ cup water
½ cup liquid glue
½ cup liquid starch
Plastic ocean animals
How to make the ocean slime:
Pour ½ cup water into a mixing bowl.
Add in the liquid glue. Mix well.
Pour the food coloring. (Choose blue or turquoise.)
Sprinkle silver and blue glitters into the mixture.
Pour the liquid starch into the bowl. Stir thoroughly.
Once done, store in airtight container or play right away! Place the plastic ocean animals on the slime.
Glow-in-the-dark items such as those couple of stars you pasted on your room’s ceiling never fail to amuse and amaze kids. At a tender, innocent age, who would never be amazed at how a simple plain-looking item seemingly emits light when placed in a room with total darkness? Kids never get over glow-in-the-dark items that they call out their friends to show it off, “Hey! Check this out!”
Now you’re smiling at the feeling of nostalgia. You’ve been there and done that, right?
Good thing, it’s so easy to make your own glow-in-the-dark slime with just a few materials at home. It’s not only meant for sensory play, it’s also a nice collection to make to serve as room décor. Watch them glow as you turn off the light in your room.
2 Elmer’s White Glue bottles
3-4 tablespoons glow-in-the-dark paint
Neon food coloring
1 teaspoon borax
½ cup warm water
How to make the glow-in-the-dark slime:
Empty content of 2 Elmer’s White Glue bottles into a mixing bowl.
Fill the 2 empty bottles with warm water and shake well. Then, pour it into the bowl.
Add in the neon food coloring. You can freely decide what color you prefer.
Put the glow-in-the-dark paint into the mixture. Stir well.
Mix ½ cup warm water with 1 teaspoon Borax in a separate bowl. Stir thoroughly.
Add in the warm water-borax mixture into the first bowl. Stir well until you achieve the slimy texture.
And that’s it! You can now place your glow-in-the-dark slime in a jar. Put the jar in a room with total darkness to see if the output is successful.
Anyone here who ever got tired of watching Bob the Builder that you secretly wished you can also construct your own buildings even just in an imaginative game? Bring out the builder in your child by helping him make your DIY rock slime. It’s a very convenient item to play with. Rock slime will allow your kid to imagine the design of his desired buildings, execute his design, and recreate the processes done in construction.
He can even combine the activity with a future architect’s work—drawing a building plan and putting in some measurements. Then, he can freely make his buildings right away. What he’ll love about the rock slime is that it can hold the intended shape you’ve molded it into.
It’s a wonderful learning opportunity for kids who aspire to pursue a career path in the construction industry in the future. It’s even more awesome if the interest runs in your family. For example, if you yourself is an architect or an engineer. You can teach your kid the principles of designing a building, safety precautions in the construction area, the job description of each member in the construction team, and many more.
What a fun and exciting way to play with slime and learn how the construction industry functions.
¼ cup clear school glue
¼ cup liquid starch
1 5 lb. bag aquarium rocks
Toy trucks and sand toys
How to make the rock slime:
Pour ¼ cup clear glue into a mixing bowl.
Add half of the starch into the bowl. Stir well.
Pour ¼ cup liquid starch into the mixture. Stir the mixture thoroughly.
Rinse the aquarium rocks and dry them with absorbent cloth or paper towel.
Add the rocks into the mixture one cup at a time.
Start your mini construction projects using this rock slime along with toy trucks and sand toys.
Start the Messy Indoor Fun Now
Make sure your kid’s age is suitable for slime making and slime games. If your kid is still at the stage when he puts everything inside his mouth to have a taste of it, postpone this activity later in life when he grows older. The recipes included above make use of items that are not safe for kids when ingested. Slime is best suited for grade school kids, ages seven and above.
Now that you know how slime makes sense, you probably wish to start the fun right away. It will be a great opportunity to hone your child’s concentration, imagination, and learning abilities. The activity could also satisfy his curiosity with his environment and inspire him to continue gaining knowledge in a fun and exciting way. As he explores through slime games, he can also enhance his mind-body coordination skills.
One more thing, if you worry about the mess, the activity will also allow you to teach your child the importance of tidying up and keeping everything in order after playing. See, you can still practice your neat freak parenting ways. At least, you’re not overdoing it anymore.