What's still hot with kids today? SLIME!
Although creating and playing with slime is still a favorite with kids, creating something a little special and out of the ordinary makes it even more appealing. As you can see, this recipe results in a shimmering slime that resembles a swirl of flames. We know your kids will love our Hot Stuff slime. First things first, gather your supplies.
4 bowls and spoons
Measuring cups and spoons
Red and yellow food coloring, or add in another dark color for contrast such as blue or purple
Baby wipes and paper towels for cleaning up
Snack size Ziploc bags
2 cups of clear glue (divided)
8 tsp baking soda (divided)
4 T contact solution
For each batch, place 1/2 cup of glue in each of the the bowls. Add 2-3 drops of food coloring, one color per bowl. Add more for more intense colors, according to your preference.
Don't have orange or purple? You can make them:
red + yellow= orange
red + blue= purple
Stir until thoroughly mixed.
Add 2 teaspoons of baking soda into each bowl. Stir well until every bit of powder is absorbed. You may need to keep stirring to get all of the lumps out.
Add 1 tablespoon of contact solution into each of the bowls. It should immediately start changing from liquid to solid. Continue stirring until as much of the contact solution has been absorbed as possible. Then start mixing by hand. Continue kneading until it is no longer sticky. Don't get worried if it seems overly sticky. It won't stay that way. Keep kneading and working with it and it will eventually end up with a more typical slime consistency.
Divide each color into the same number of parts as there are kids in your group or family: two kids, divide into two parts; five kids, divide into five. Nine kids, divide into nine parts.
Now give each child one ball or portion of each color. Roll each color into a coil or snake and lay them next to each other. Pick up all of them at one end and allow gravity to stretch the slime, then gently roll and mix together with their hands.
Allow kids plenty of time to play and to experiment and complete these challenges:
-Hold slime in the palm of hand and be still. How long does it take for the slime to start dripping and oozing off your hand?
-Stretch your slime as long as possible. How long can it get?
-Set your slime on the table and make a handprint or fingerprint, then step back and watch. What happens? How long does it take?
-Make your hands into different shapes. What happens to the slime when you hold it or lay it on or in your hands?
-Roll your slime back into a ball and hold it in the palm of your hand. Close your fingers around it to make a fist, squishing the slime out through your fingers. Can you squeeze hard enough to squish all the slime out of your hand?
-Any other fun ideas you come up with!
When done playing, have kids place their slime in a Ziploc bag and label with their name in order to take home or play with again later.
Our "Hot Stuff" slime recipe is part of our Beat the Heat Parents Night Out Kit. It is full of kid-tested and approved games and activities to keep kids having fun. Learn more and download yours for free!