Slime, whether you love it (kids) or hate it (most parents), you can’t deny it’s been a big craze over the last few years.
The boss loves it, absolutely loves it. We’ve had frogspawn slime, colour changing slime and I think scented slime, and if it comes with a tiny figure imbedded in it all the better. (But It’s a definite no on those Alienz egg pods. They are just wrong on so many levels!)
I mean what?…why?….ewwwww!!
I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s read the recent news stories about the dangers of some slime containing potentially unsafe levels of toxic chemicals. (https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-44852913)
It got me thinking of what actually goes into this stuff and kinda made me want to jump on the ‘make your own slime’ bandwagon
So off I popped to Pinterest. Where I actually have a “fun with kids” board (https://pin.it/f23raf7qfpbg2n) *blushes* to see if the DIY slime recipes I’ve pinned are actually doable.
As you’ll see the board is actually full of random stuff to keep your little (and not so little) ones busy. I’ve been pinning on it for the last 6 years so there’s everything from sensory bags and toddler games to sea shell art and the ultimate list of ‘would you rather’ questions.
(just a friendly FYI, i may appear to be an organised super-mum but in reality I’m low-key all over the shop. This will become more evident the more blog posts you read!!!!)
Ok. Back to the slime. We decided to try a foamy slime. (Shaving foam, pva glue and contact lens solution)
https://pin.it/xocvteo52ntxw7 (*anotated* instructions below)
It sounded easy enough; there were only 3 ingredients and they even included pictures.
What could go wrong…
…turns out a lot!!
It started easily enough
1. Pour enough glue into the bottom of a container to cover the bottom. Make the glue about 1/4 inch deep.
I should have known that this was going to be a disaster from this non -specific measurement but I was lured into a false sense of security by there only being 3 ingredients.
2. Add food coloring if desired. For this we put in 2 drops blue, 2 drops red and mix food coloring into glue.
We didn’t. My thinking was we could add it later after the boss had finished mixing it case there was a mess. Turns out this was a good call!!!!!
3. Add about 1.5x as much shaving cream as glue (again, this is not an exact science so don’t worry!)
Worry? WORRY!?! This was when I realised I’d got shaving gel. MJ’s ‘expert’ opinion that it had to be shaving foam or it would t work didn’t fill me with much confidence.
4. Mix together the glue and shaving cream.
One word. Mess!
5. Add contact solution about 1 Tablespoon at a time and mix.
Ok. This is where things really started to unravel. I have a feeling I didn’t get the correct type of contact lens solution. Either that or I didn’t use enough. But “1 tablespoon at a time” really doesn’t give you any idea of the amount needed.
I looked up a few other recipes and some say you only need a tablespoon so this step really isn’t giving much away.
6. Keep adding a little more contact solution and mixing until your slime begins forming into a ball-like form as you mix. It will begin coming off the sides of your container and sticking together.
Ok this “NEVER” happened!!! We added a bit more, and a bit more, and a lot more then stirred and stirred and mixed and mixed and after running out of shaving gel (yes we used a full can) we gave up and decided to add some food colouring and glitter cause what else could we do and everything looks better with glitter, right!?!
(Oh. And here’s the last step if you successfully get this far!)
7. Put slime on flat surface and begin working it with your hands. If it is too sticky, add more contact solution and knead it in.
So here is the moment you’ve all been waiting for, here is the final product.
And you know what guys!?! It didn’t turn out too bad! (it wasn’t a complete failure)
We had so much fun making a mess, mixing all the ingredients we luckily ended up with something that could easily pass for slime!! It’s a success in MJ’s eyes and that’s good enough for me…..
Ok fiiiiiine, that may not be 100% true. I’m totally taking this semi-failure personally! (I tend to do that. It’s one of the reasons I don’t do the lottery!)
So I decided to look up other people’s comments about the pin (just for a wee nosy) and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I wasn’t the only one who had ‘some unfortunate issues’
See!?! If we’d had more shaving foam it would probably definitely maybe have worked perfectly! (and that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!)
If you have any fail-safe slime recipes (if there is such a thing) or any Pinterest fails you fancy sharing please feel free to leave a comment below.