Slimes are simple to make and fun to play with. Kids love to play with slime for hours without getting bored. Slimes available in the market often contain several harmful ingredients. Ingredients like borax can cause serious damage to your child’s growth. Therefore, it is advisable not to let your kids play with these commercially available slimes. This simple DIY trick will help you while making a safe slime for kids, right at your home. You can follow these simple steps and use these ingredients found easily in the kitchen to help your kids make a safe slime during summer vacations.
Ingredients Required for Making a Safe Slime:
- Shaving cream or liquid foaming soap. You can also use cornstarch or powdered fiber.
- Food color of your choice
- Kid’s shampoo
- Mixing bowl
Note: You should not use industrial PVA glue or materials containing borax as they can be harmful to you as well as your kid’s health. Borax can cause irritation to the eyes and throat of the user.
Steps Involved In Making Slime without Borax and Glue
Step 1: Pour the Primary Ingredient
Pour the primary ingredient (Shaving cream, liquid foaming, corn-starch, etc.) into a saucepan or a large bowl. Make sure you add enough of this ingredient as it forms the basic content of your slime.
Step 2: Making the Slime Sticky
Add the secondary ingredient, the kid’s shampoo to the primary ingredient and mix it well. This shampoo will add stickiness to the slime. You should maintain a 1:1 ratio for the primary and secondary ingredient.
Step 3: Making the Slime Colorful
Add food color (optional). You can add a single color or add multiple food colors to give a rainbow-colored look to the slime.
Step 4: Making the Slime Slimy
Add a small amount of water, in case your mixture achieves a thick pastel-like density. Water will allow your slime to flow naturally and be slimy just the way you want it. Make sure you do not add too much of water as it will eventually form a solution instead of a semi-solid mass. You do not want your slime to flow like a liquid; rather it should stay in place if you place it on a flat table.
Step 5: Mixing It
Use your hands or an electronic grinder at a medium speed setting to mix the contents properly. You can ask your kid for help and have a fun time together mixing the ingredients to form the slime.
Step 6: Adding Salt
Add very little quantity of salt (two teaspoons) to the mixture and continue mixing it.
Step 7: Freezing
After mixing it properly and making sure that there are no lumps in the mixture, pour the slime into a clear plastic bag and place it in the refrigerator.
Step 8: Play
After 15 minutes of cooling, your slime is ready for use.
Making a safe slime is easy, and by making it this way, you can make sure that you are not exposed nor are exposing your child to any harmful chemicals.