Since we have been homeschooling our daughters for six years now, we are always looking for activities for them. When the lockdown for Covid-19 happened, we had to look for more ways to keep them occupied while learning as they stay at home. Slime making is so much fun to do and the product is even more fun to play with. Here is a simple 3-ingredient DIY slime recipe that you can do with your kids. Then it’s going to be hours of endless play time for them.
Stuck at Home
A lot of our travel plans have been cancelled and since we don’t even have a big garden to play around, our kids just stay indoors most of the time. Since our Holy Week trip to Boracay was not pushed through in light of the Covid-19 lockdown in the Philippines, Shane spent her summers taking baths in a washbasin. We dubbed that, “Labadoracay.”
They busy themselves with lessons, arts, and crafts. Recently, they finished their CreaTee Kits and had fun modelling their designs. But most of the time, they read or create videos and play on the phone. We just police their gadget use though, because we don’t want them using up so much screen time.
Then there are household chores to do. They have some routine tasks as well as learning tasks in the kitchen. There might not be a lot because I am also a busy mom, but I try to teach them kitchen basics so that they would have some knowledge about homecooking.
For me, cooking is one of those important life skills that I could impart to my children. They may not end up as restaurateurs, but eating is a basic need to survive. It would be good for them as well as their future families if they know how to cook.
- Related: Basic Restaurant Manners for Kids
Meanwhile, read this articled about Quarantine Activities for Kids.
DIY Slime Recipe
This afternoon, we busied our hands (literally) in making our DIY slime. The kids learned to make slime a mall activity sponsored by Elmer’s Glue last year but it’s only now that we got to make our own at home. After getting a couple more bottles of Elmer’s Glue from Bacolod barter, we set out to make slime for each of the girls.
Shane wanted to make a glittery but creamy pink slime while Achi Shawna opted for a teal or ocean blue-colored slime.
What you need:
- Plastic container for mixing
- A plastic spoon or popsicle stick for stirring
- Flat surface (you may put a plastic cover or old placemat on your table)
3 Ingredients of the DIY Slime Recipe:
- 8 oz. Elmer’s Glue (any variant or a combination)
- 1 Tbsp. Baking Soda
- Contact Lens Solution as slime activator
- Pour the glue into your mixing container. It can be just one kind of a mixture of 2 or 3 glue variants in order to achieve the color you want.
- Since not all of the glue will naturally flow out, I cut the plastic container in half and scraped off the glue using my finger. This will make sure that you will use up all of the glue.
- Add the baking powder and mix.
- Without mixing too well, gradually add squirts of the slime activator (in this case, contact lens solution).
- When your slime is starting to form, you can take it out of the container and start kneading like you would with bread. The slime may still be wet so just add some more contact lens solution. Do not overdo it though, otherwise, your slime will harden.
- If your slime has tangled around your hands, ask help from your mom or dad to add more contact lens solution to make the slime form. Keep kneading until you reach your desired consistency. In my kids’ case, they never stopped kneading and playing until it was time for dinner. Haha
Related: Why Family Meals are Important
Things to Remember:
1. Tie your hair back into pig tails and wear a head band so that your hair will not get into your work. If you have long hair, chances of some strands getting stuck to your hair is very high. You don’t want a tangled mane that can dampen the fun.
2. Do not touch your face while making and playing with slime.
3. Wash your hands thoroughly after making slime and playing with it.
4. Place your slime in a covered container so that it will not dry out.
Slime is so easy to make and so much fun to play with! It may take a few sessions before you can perfect your slime, but it’s okay, you can still play with whatever comes out of your work.
You can use the different colored glue marketed by Elmer’s Glue plus you can add beads and other stuff there. Additionally, you may want to sell them, too, and earn some extra bucks. Hope you enjoy making your own slime with our DIY slime recipe.
Feel free to copy this DIY Slime recipe and make it with your kids! 🙂 Have fun!
Meanwhile, here are other stories related to Covid-19 in this blog. You might want to read them, too. Click on any link below.
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