My foray into being a SAHM (stay at home mom) has begun. After working constantly since the age of 16, with the exception of my 8 week maternity leave, this is uncharted territory. Does anyone remember “In Living Color” and the Jamaican family who always had a million jobs? That was me. I constantly worked and always had at least two jobs.
Anywho, I had seen this “Slime” floating around Pinterest for a while and decided to give it a try today. 3 hours later and my daughter is still playing with it! We made 5 different colors (although the pink and blue have merged to make even more purple so now we have 3). The slime came together so easily! I did have one mishap where I thought I could eyeball all the ingredients and ended up with the messiest glob of slime in the world. I kind of felt like I was trapped in a teal spider web. I would try to get it off my fingers, and it would just stretch out and make things worse.
If you’re a nerd like me, here’s the science behind it: White glue has polyvinyl acetate, which is a polymer, but a liquid polymer. A polymer is a chemical compound made of small molecules that are arranged in a simple repeating structure to make a larger molecule. The Borax links these polymers together into a bigger, “solid” structure. So you end up with a super large polymer that is flexible.
Word. Now here’s the tutorial. It’s super easy.
- 2 oz. or 1/4 c. white glue, such as Elmer’s School Glue
- 2 oz. or 1/4 c. warm water
- another 2 oz warm water
- 1/2 t. Borax
Mix the glue and first 2 oz. of warm water together. Add food coloring if you want to end up with colored slime (I want to add glitter one time!)
In a separate bowl, mix the borax and other 2 oz. of water until Borax is dissolved.
Pour the Borax mix into the glue mix and stir, stir, stir!!!!! The mix will eventually come together in a ball-like structure. Feel free to knead it as well. The more you work it (Cue RuPaul: “YOU BETTER WORK-Cover girl-WORK IT GIRL-Do a little twirl”) the stiffer and more putty like it will become.
Hand it over to your kids with some molds and cookie cutters. Enjoy a cup of coffee in solitude.
Here’s some slime on my hand looking like a weird booger.