DIY Silly Putty Slime
Playing with slime has been a favorite activity for decades. Back in the '90s, there were a few products that every kid begged their parents for: Nickelodeon Gak and Silly Putty. These provided hours of fun!
In recent years, the internet made making slime not only a trend, but also an art form all on its own. You can find hours of video of people creating all sorts of slime, from galaxy-inspired to glittery concoctions, and everything in between.
My son has wanted to make his own for a while now, and I was always a little hesitant. I don't regularly keep Borax and contact solution in the house, and I didn't want to have to purchase special products just to make a craft. When we do arts and crafts, I like to use what we already have to create something fun and unique.
My son recently convinced me to give slime-making a try. We used four ingredients we already had in the house, and I was pleasantly surprised at how fun this craft turned out to be. Our slime was a little science experiment gone right.
Below is the exact recipe we used to make our slime. This is more of a Silly Putty consistency: no stickiness, no mess, and a whole lot of fun!
- Glass bowl or plastic container
- 1/4 cup Elmer's white glue
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 5 drops of food coloring
- 1 small bottle of eye drops
Pour glue into a container. Add in baking soda and mix well.
Add in 5 drops of food coloring. Stir.
Slowly squeeze in eye drops, using a few drops at a time. Stir well. Continue adding in drops, kneading your slime. We used the entire bottle of eye drops to get a smooth, Silly Putty consistency. If you don't have eye drops, you could easily swap in saline solution or contact lens solution.
We took our silly putty outside to minimize any mess making. Turns out, this doesn't make a mess at all! If you decide to keep your activity indoors, I recommend putting down some newspaper or a piece of cardboard to protect your counter top or table.
To keep your silly putty slime from drying out, store it in a large Easter egg.
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