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
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
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!
Theres an option to heat the ingredients for better mixing but i didn’t do that.
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!
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!
I think this little project is great for slightly older kids, if your toddler plays with it thats great! Kids can learn:
- Science and how materials change texture when mixed
- How colours mix and turn into other colours
- Viscosity – lol – yes how materials react to resistance and pressure applied and change when 2 materials are combined.
- Gross motor skills.
- Learning to appreciate being ickyyyyy
Most of all, they get to be busy and have fun for a while!!!!! WIN WIN!!!
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!!!