Austin parents - we know you’re tired. You've just survived the holidays (or maybe you’re still surviving if you’re knee deep in Hanukkah or Kwanzaa), and the kids have been out of school for two weeks now. The return of normalcy is around the corner, which is both a blessing and simultaneously a bit depressing. Another year has passed us by, and the opportunity for a fresh start is drawing near. We are in the process of creating new goals, hopes, and dreams for both ourselves and our children.
First, though, we need to go break up the fight in the living room as our kids argue with each other for seemingly the millionth time this week. Take a break from the bickering and the screen time for a fun DIY craft that your kids will love. The best part? They can actually play with the end product!Slime is strangely all the rage right now amongst children in various parts of Austin. Kids get together with friends to create their own slime, they buy some from Learning Express, and they pore over Instagram and YouTube tutorials to make the stretchiest, slimiest, and best version possible. We’ve done all the work for you and compiled the simplest, most gratifying tutorial out there. Depending on the ages of your kids, you might want to supervise more closely during the creation process. Here’s what you’ll need for this DIY:
*A medium to large sized mixing bowl
*A liquid measuring cup
*A wooden or plastic mixing spoon
*Any foaming shaving cream - we used Gillette brand
*Baby powder or cornstarch
*Any foaming hand soap - we used Bath & Body Works
*Any PVA glue - we used Elmer’s School Glue
*Any lotion - we used Bath & Body Works
*Borax (1 tsp)
*Food coloring (optional)
1. Take your glue and dump as much as you want into the mixing bowl. The more glue you use, the bigger your batch of slime will be. We used about ¾ of the 4 oz Elmer’s School bottle.
2. Squirt as much shaving cream as you desire into the bowl, as long as it’s less than the amount of glue you used. Combine until smooth.
3. Add foaming hand soap; again, use as much as you want, as long as it’s less than the glue. We used 3 squirts. Mix together.
4. Next, add your lotion. This gives your slime a stretchy consistency. We used 2-3 squirts.
5. Add about 4-5 shakes of baby powder or cornstarch.
6. Optional: add food coloring to desired color, about 1-5 drops depending on the size of your slime batch and the shade you’re going for.
7. Measure one cup of water into your (microwave safe!) liquid measuring cup and microwave for one minute. Add one teaspoon of Borax into the water and mix thoroughly - this mixture is your activator! Pour a little of the water/borax mixture directly into your colored slime mixture. Start with less - you can always add more!
8. Knead your slime with your hands to see if it’s the desired texture and consistency. If it’s still too sticky, add a little more of the borax/water mixture. Hint: You likely won’t end up using the full cup of the mixture. We only used ¼ of it, and our slime turned out great!
9. You did it! Now you’re ready to play with your slime. Note: be sure to store it in an airtight container or ziplock bag to prevent the slime from drying out.
If you really want to go crazy, encourage your kids to make multiple batches of different colored slime. It also makes a great birthday gift for a friend!