kids

Fluffy Rainbow Unicorn Slime

I’m fairly sure it wasn’t supposed to turn out like this.

The Source: Living Locurto

The Promise: 

An easy slime recipe for homemade fluffy slime that kids will love. It’s really the perfect kids craft!

My experience with slime is limited to the classic cornstarch-and-water recipe (I’m not trying to brag, but I did my 5th grade science project on non-Newtonian fluids so I’m basically an expert), but I’m willing to branch out, particularly in the service of things that are 1) not that messy 2) capable of occupying a four-year-old for at least long enough to me to get into an argument on Facebook clean the kitchen. I even watched the video on the website this time. Of course, I watched it only after our attempt went pretty much entirely wrong, but I am, even retrospectively, still confused as to why this failed to turn into a non-sticky fluffy ball but instead resolutely continued to resemble the Blob That Ate My Toddler.

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Also apparently Borax is dangerous? There are an awful lot of disclaimers about the Borax and statements about its safety which almost made me a little worried to use it, even though I’ve used it before in homemade laundry soap*. As the site states, this can take trial and error, so I very carefully measured out the glue and the shaving cream, then ordered my child to a safe distance behind our home blast screen and carefully added the tiny amount of Borax specified by the recipe.

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And it was a sticky mess.

I added a little bit more Borax.

Still sticky.

I added the barest whisper of additional Borax, a soupçon of Borax if you will.

“It’s getting everywhere, Mommy!” my kid shrieked.

I dumped in the rest of the Borax.

AND IT WAS STILL STICKY, WHAT THE HECK, FOLKS.

Well, whatever, I added the food coloring and just let her get it all over herself while I played on my phone cleaned the kitchen. She still had a great time.

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I am thinking that I needed more shaving cream. Half a cup of glue is a whole medium-sized bottle, half a cup of shaving cream is less than one squirt. So my stickiness ratio may have been skewed right from the jump.

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At this point the mixture is probably 85% borax, like it’s just straight borax

Another thing I didn’t like about this slime recipe is that it was really hard to clean up. I had to scrub to get it off both skin and furniture, and I can still see, as we speak, a bit of the “gooby” (as coined by my daughter) permanently embedded in the woodgrain of our kitchen table. If I were a more fastidious housekeeper, I’d probably be pretty perturbed by that.

All I’m saying is, cornstarch-and-water is easy, has cheaper materials, and it wipes up clean from the countertop.

That’s all I’m saying.

 

 

 

*Short answer: it works fine and is super cheap, but the clothes don’t smell as fresh and I stopped making it because it can clog your washer, although maybe that’s just what the cleaner industrial complex wants us to think.

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