Lazy moms, let’s talk slime for a minute.
I’ve seen posts about slime everywhere for a while now on Facebook, Pinterest, and even Instagram; I think I may even follow someone who SELLS slime. There are a lot of different ways to make slime: with or without glitter, fluffy, edible, made with butter or chocolate, multi-colored, or with chalkboard paint.
The activity of making slime actually wasn’t as terrible as I thought it would be. We made ours after-school in about 10 minutes and then played for a good hour with it; my three year old was even able to help! Making slime is fairly simple with a handful of ingredients you can pick up literally ANYWHERE for around $10. Or if you’re like me and want to make this even easier, Elmer’s sells a slime kit for $9.99 with different color options. Elmer’s Slime Starter Kit
The most well-known base consists of contact solution, glue, and baking soda. You can adjust the ingredients to make it safer for kids who like to “try” things out, or for kids with sensitivities or allergies. We added a little chalkboard paint to our slime base which allowed us to doodle on it with chalk markers afterwards.
What you need:
4oz. Elmer’s white glue (About $1)
2 tablespoons Chalkboard paint ($3-$5)
1 teaspoon baking soda (About $1)
1/2 teaspoon contact lens solution ($3-$5)
Chalk markers (The price can really vary here but we went about $6)
Something to mix with (wooden spoon or spatula work great)
Something to store slime in afterwards, like snack sized plastic baggies
How to make it:
Pour 4oz glue into mixing bowl and add in 2 tablespoons of chalk paint. Mix well.
Add 1 teaspoon baking soda to mixture and stir in. Then add the 1/2 teaspoon of contact solution to mix in as well. The slime should start to get thicker and pull away from the bowl. If it’s still sticky, you can add a couple drops of contact solution at a time. We did have to add in 1 or 2 more drops and then it started to come together. Be careful with the contact solution, add too much in and it will turn rubbery.
Once you are satisfied with the consistency take the slime out to knead it for a minute or two to get everything combined.
Now you can draw on your slime with the markers! Pressing the marker tip into the slime worked best here and it created fun dots everywhere. Stretch the slime a little bit to distort the drawing or a lot to start all over again with a new pattern!
Seriously, this activity was by far one of my favorites for several reasons – easy clean up, simple instructions, relatively cheap (most likely you have the ingredients in your house already) and I had fun playing with and drawing on the slime! This lazy mom APPROVED activity can occupy one kid or a bunch of kids after-school, on a rainy day, or even at a birthday party.