Slime has been utilized in science classes for decades, as an intriguing way to discover polymers, reactions and the viscosity of materials. However, in recent years, kids’ interest in slime has turned into a cultural phenomenon.
So what is it all about?
Making slime has taken over the world! Slime making is especially popular in kids and young adults as it can be incredibly fun to mix up some crazy colors and mash all the ingredients together to make some gooey greatness!
If you have never made or played with slime before, we are going to change your world. Slime is a gooey polymer substance that is made usually by mixing borax with water. The fun experience of playing with slime has caused the substance to surge in popularity over recent years,
Slime gives kids a type of sensory experience. Playing and experimenting with the slime’s gooey texture promotes their curiosity, stimulates the senses and helps them jumpstart their creativity.
Slime is generally made from a gooey, slimy, glue-like matter that can be dyed, covered in glitter or formed into shapes. The slime craze has swept through not only school aged kids, but teenagers and adults too with its therapeutic and anti-stress texture, that is just so satisfying to squeeze.
Store bought slime typically contains a compound called Borax. This is generally used as a cleaning agent in washing powders. This product can be harmful to skin and eyes, or can cause irritation in many people. Because of this, people may not want to use branded slime products and create their own from scratch.
That’s right. You can even make your own slime, right at home!
If you are looking for something to do on a rainy day, then we have you covered! We are going to show you how to make rainbow slime in just a few minutes. Have fun with all the family with this simple and easy to follow slime recipe.
What you will need
- 6oz clear glue.
- 1.5 tablespoons of contact lens solution.
- ½ a teaspoon of baking soda.
- 6 different food colorings in rainbow colors.
How to make rainbow slime step by step guide
Are you ready to jump on the slime bandwagon? Then let’s make all of your rainbow, unicorn, slimy dreams come true!
The first step is to grab your glue and a clean glass bowl, this way you can keep an eye on your slime as it reacts. You can use any type of basic school glue for this method. Pour 6 ounces into the bowl and get ready to mix!
The second step is to add your baking soda into the mix. Stir the baking soda into the glue until it gets really really slimy. Keep working on it until all of the baking soda has dissolved. Baking soda is used as a replacement for the Borax compound that is much safer and not a skin irritant.
Next, you will have to add your contact solution to your little slime experiment. There is no real amount of contact solution that you have to use, as it depends on the consistency of your glue.
Keep adding a little, or one tablespoon at a time until the slime becomes a little stretchy and able to squish between your hands. It should not have a sticky glue like texture any more.
The next step takes a little more time. You will have to divide your slime equally into 6 different bowls- this is if you have 6 different rainbow food colorings to use. If you could not find that many at home, then just use the same amount of bowls for the colors you have.
Grab your slime and tear it apart until it is divided into the 6 bowls in equal sizes. Now, you will need your rainbow food colorings. Add one drop of each color into their respective bowls and mix it together. If the color seems a little dull, then add more until you get your desired result.
You can pick your own colors to make your own special slime, but remember that rainbow colors are red, yellow, green, blue, orange and purple.
This is the tricky part. As your slime is getting...well, much slimier, it can be hard work to mix the colors in. Try kneading the slime like dough to get a thorough color. Watch in amazement as your slime changes color before your eyes, and have fun smashing and squishing it between your hands!
If you really want to make a rainbow spectacular slime, then try adding some glitter to it. This will give your slime a magical unicorn touch to it! Any craft glitter will work, just sprinkle it on, the more the better! Mix mix mix until it is all blended together into a galactic rainbow fantasy.
The fun thing about creating slime is that you can make it your own. You can add glitter, beads or stones to make it look pretty. If you would like to have more of a sensory experience with the slime, or for your kids, then you can add some household items to the slime.
These could be buttons, grains of rice, rock salt, or add some poof balls to make some crunchy slime that feels crumbly in your hands!
Our Top Tips
When making or working with slime, ensure your bowls and surfaces are squeaky clean.
The slime will stick to everything...and we really mean everything. So, to avoid having dust particles and crumbs stuck in your freshly made slime, clean clean clean.
Slime should not be ingested under any circumstances. Always wash your hands before and after playing with slime, and be wary of adding items such as buttons or choking hazards if playing with small children.
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