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Homemade Slime!

{we used the new neon food colors from McKormick}

I record the Martha Stewart show, and my 10 yr old loves to watch it.  She was in the basement, and I knew she was at it again when I heard Martha’s very proper voice drifting up through the vents.  After awhile, my daughter came running up and was so excited she could barely speak.  “Slime, mom!  Homemade SLIME!!  Can we do it?  Huh?  Can we?  Do you have Borax??”  That child should know by now that I am the Borax queen! (homemade laundry detergent, homemade dishwashing detergent, homemade cleaners, all have borax in them)

{these were in balls, but within seconds they start to melt and flatten.  So much fun to mess with!}
{* a small amount of slime stuffed in a plastic easter egg would make a great alternative to candy stuffed eggs for those easter egg hunts!}

I looked the process up online, and decided to let her have a go at it.  It is a simple enough process that she was able to do most of it by herself, and boy, have we had FUN WITH SLIME in this house!  My daughter is even selling it at school to her friends, along with her homemade duct tape wallets and bags.  She is quite the entrepeneur!  She splits a batch in half, and sells a “small” batch for $1 and a “large” batch for $2.

{I would not recommend stacking the slime on top of each other like the first pic, unless you like this look.  When different colors touch, they instantly are stuck and then you end up with marble slime!}

Here are the directions (via Martha Stewart, she has a great video showing the process) 

Tools and Materials
2 mixing bowls
Warm water
Elmer’s glue
1/4 teaspoon unsweetened Kool-Aid or 4 to 8 drops liquid food coloring
Craft stick
Slime How-To
1. Mix together 1/3 cup warm water, 1/2 cup Elmer’s glue, and Kool-Aid or food coloring. Stir thoroughly with craft stick; set aside.
2. Mix together 3/4 cup warm water and 2 teaspoons Borax. Stir thoroughly with craft stick; pour into mixture one, stirring continuously.
3. Remove glob from bowl and work in your hands for 2 to 3 minutes. Store in resealable plastic bag or air-tight container.Tip: If mixture starts to dry out, pour a small amount of water over it and knead for 2 to 3 minutes before returning to a tightly sealed container.

Professor Figgy was the guest on Martha who showed this technique.  He sells slime making kits on his site.  Wouldn’t these make a great gift?  I personally will be making my own, I am sure I could find a much cuter way to package it!  I’ll let you know if I come up with anything.