The Slime Experiment

A. loves play dough and making little rotis. LOL. desi kids. I really wanted him to experience slime. He has this funny aversion to jelly and all things wobbly and jelly-like.

He gags when he sees jello and shudders and winces at the sight of sagoodana and tukhmalanga (basil seeds), they are creepy if you think about it.

I wanted to try making some fun slime on my own. Saw a few recipes online but decided to go for the one with the least amount of ingredients and all of which were present in my pantry.

3 ingredients – HA

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Water – Everyone has that! BTW these days even that is a scarce commodity in Karachi especially.

Food Colour – Most of you will have some lying around from the biryani your mom made last eid hehehheeee. I had red.

Cornflour – That also seems to be a pantry staple, to fix those runny niharis made from scratch and to give some texture to homemade chinese soup.

Anyway, so these are the 3 ingredient i used. 2 parts cornflour and 1 part water.

  • Mix the food colouring in the water, bit darker than you desire as when mixed the mixture becomes lighter.
  • Dump 1 cup of cornflour in a mixing bowl.
  • Pour the coloured water
  • Dump the rest of the cornflour
  • Mix it around a bit in the bowl

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Now comes the time to get dirty. Put your hands in there and mix it about and have fun in the icky sticky pink mixture like i did. eeeek and funn at the same time!

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At this point it seemed like it was a total flop, so i gave up and let it sit for a while and gawked and cursed at my dyed fingers!!! Don’t worry it all came off. After a  while of the mixture just sitting there, the consistency was such. Bubblegummy, shiny, plasticy but hard to touch. Weirdest thing ever!

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A. refused to play with it and just kept saying pink, pink , pink! Thus all in all i’d say it wasn’t a very successful experiment, was loads of fun to do though!

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I think this little project is great for slightly older kids, if your toddler plays with it thats great! Kids can learn:

  1. Science and how materials change texture when mixed
  2. How colours mix and turn into other colours
  3. Viscosity – lol – yes how materials react to resistance and pressure applied and change when 2 materials are combined.
  4. Gross motor skills.
  5. Learning to appreciate being ickyyyyy

Most of all, they get to be busy and have fun for a while!!!!!  WIN WIN!!!

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Will try another recipe that includes glue and share that too!

Btw, a friend sent over some store bought slime. A. was petrified and didnt want to touch it for a while and when he did he held it just to put it back in the box!!!

 

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