Friday, March 13, 2009


Dash usually gets to pick a book to buy on our trips to Target. He gets enormous pleasure from avoiding the actual books I try to steer him toward and choosing instead those weird paperback picture books based on tv shows or movies. The most recent was based on Monsters vs. Aliens, a movie of which I was vaguely aware, but apparently he knew all about.

Anyway, one of the characters in the book/movie is a slime creature and he was entranced but kinda struggling to understand ("it's sort of like see-through gum!" I explained, unhelpfully.) So I set out to make slime.

First thing you should know if you're contemplating trying this with a three-year-old is: have a glass of wine first. It's going to make a huge mess and you're not really going to know how to dispose of it and they're going to be over it after about three minutes. But if you've had enough wine it'll all seem pretty hilarious.

How to make Slime:


Two mixing bowls

Measuring cups and spoons

White glue


Food coloring


1. Mix together 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup white glue and several drops of food coloring in the first bowl.

2. In the second bowl, mix together 1 teaspoons borax and 2 cups water.

3. Pour the contents of the first bowl into the second, and stir. If you knead it it'll become more like Silly Putty.

4. If you want to save it, keep it in a zip-top bag.

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