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How To Make Slime Project With Elmer's Glue #gluenglitter #CBias

Earlier today the boys and I set out for yet another Walmart adventure or, as Liam calls it, MopMart. He loves going to Walmart and gets so excited every time we are anywhere in the vicinity! This trip was going to be so much fun because we were specifically buying items for our Elmer's Science Project.We were also buying a few other groceries, but for the most part, it was all about the experiment to come later that evening. Earlier in the day, Josiah and I looked around the internet for ideas and we decided on the perfect project: SLIME! What boy doesn't love slime? I have to admit I was also excited about this project.
Shopping on the season Valentine's Day Aisle! One of their favorites!
There are two main ingredients we needed to purchase during our trip to Walmart. We needed Elmer's School Glue and Borax Detergent. The rest of the items we already have at home, so we made our way around Walmart searching for great sales and all the ingredients to my other experiment of the weekend, Crock Pot Baby Back Ribs! Yum!
Picking up our Elmer's School Glue & Tri-Fold Poster Board
Once we got home with all of our project supplies, Josiah could barely wait for me to unload everything and get set up for the experiment. The first thing we did was put together our Elmer's Tri-Fold Poster Board Elmer's Tri-Fold Poster Board with all of the pertinent information needed to complete the project and make successful slime.
All the poster boards available for purchase at Walmart, including the Tri-Fold!
As you can see, we listed all of the supplies needed on the left side of the board, which included a mixing bowl, measuring cup, measuring spoon, warm water, Borax and 8 ounce bottle of Elmer's School Glue. You can also add food coloring, though this step is optional. In the middle of the Elmer's Tri-Fold Board, we listed all of the steps to creating slime and on the right side Josiah included his own slime art, which he named "Slime Time".
Josiah was so proud of his poster board!
After we finished our Elmer's Tri-Fold Board, we moved on to the next part of the project! SLIME! We carefully laid out everything we needed for the project on the counter, along with the instructions.

Here are the instructions on how to make your own slime out of Elmer's Glue and Borax!
Everything you need to get started!
  • Empty out the 8 ounce Elmer's School Glue contents into the mixing bowl. 
Josiah emptying the glue into the mixing bowl while Liam stands by ready to clean up the mess!
  • Fill up the glue container with warm water, replace the lid and shake well.
  • Empty out the glue/water mixture into the mixing bowl and stir together with the glue.
Stirring in the water with the glue. This is also where you can add food coloring if you want.  We added GLOB natural pomegranate paint to the mixture, which turned it pinkish.
  • In the measuring cup, add 1/2 cup warm water and 1 teaspoon of Borax. Stir.
The Borax was added to water and stirred, though you will still see particles  floating.
  • As you are stirring the glue mixture in the mixing bowl, slowly add the water/Borax mixture. Keep stirring and adding until you reach the right consistency.
The mixture is starting to become more firm as we stir in the Borax/water!
  • When the stirring gets to tough to do with the spoon, use your hand. 
Once the slime starts wrapping around the spoon, it's time to start using your hands to mix! 
  • It's time to play!! 
Josiah had a great time with his slime. He even made us a "pizza" for dinner!
  • When you are finished playing, cover and store in the refrigerator. The slime will last for several weeks this way!
Save in a bowl, cover and put in the fridge to keep fresh! You can also keep in a plastic zip bag.
This project was not only fun, but educational! How? The Elmer's Glue binds with the water and Borax mixture to form a polymer! A polymer is a putty-like substance that has the qualities of both a solid and a liquid. What other items are similar? Rubber bands and jello! 

You can do experiments on the slime, too. See who can stretch it the longest and measure. Also, you can do several batches, increasing/decreasing the amount of Borax use to test the stretch and how firm the slime gets. Let your little one give a presentation afterwards to see how much they have learned! Josiah had a great time with that part.
Liam and Josiah give a presentation. As you can see, Liam helped with the markers. :)

Click HERE to visit our Google+ Photo Album with more fun pictures about our shopping trip to Walmart and our experiments!

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    101 comments:

    Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} said...

    How fun... and the boys looks so happy to play with slime!!! :) What a fun mommy you are!

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    Laura Grace Andry said...

    This looks like it was a ton of fun! I will definately have to try this project with my boys :) Thanks for sharing!

    Ginger said...

    Love the slime! My kiddos would love to try that out. :) Great job.

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

    Trista said...

    we did this at the fair

    Terri said...

    Slime has always been a favorite gooey project at our house! The boys' smiles are very telling; big hit Mom :)

    Amy @ The Mom Hood said...

    Yay! What a fun way to learn about science! It looks like it was a big hit with the kids and they'll be playing with it for a long time. Awesome!

    Kathy Murphy said...

    Awesome project - love it. We are just getting started on our science fair project and it's due tomorrow!! YIKES - it's all still in my sons head.

    Deedra Hickman said...

    What a cool project for the kids! They look like they really enjoyed it.

    Stephanie @ One Sleepy Mom said...

    I can't wait to show this to my 17 year old daughter! She made pink slime in her Chemistry class yesterday and I'm sure it wasn't anywhere near as easy as this! Your kids look so happy!

    Eschelle said...

    oh man i miss making silly putty !! I remember doing that in school when i was younger. I love the magic mud too, three parts water to three parts corn starch!

    Hopkins family said...

    This is a fun project, thanks for teaching us!

    Glenda said...

    Hello, this sounds like so much fun and since my son is not going to school right not I think we will have to try it out.

    Warrior MAMA said...

    What is it about boys and slime? They were made to go together!

    :)
    Lisa

    Mrs. M said...

    That is AWESOME! My son is a little too young for this still, but I will be bookmarking this for future reference. Thank you!

    andrea said...

    fun project - kinda reminds me of when Double Dare used to be on Nickelodeon about 20 years ago... :D

    Erin O'Riordan said...

    When I was a kid, I liked to play with slime, but for the life of me I can't remember why that was. It was always cold and it made my hands smell funny!

    Eleni Poulakou said...

    It sounded a little gross at first, but by looking at the photos, I think I'd have fun too.
    The kids sure loved it!

    Julie said...

    My kids would just love that... and I think I may have both ingredients in my home right now:)

    Kelley said...

    this is what heaven looks like for my 4 and 7 year old daughters!

    About JollyJilly said...

    That looks so much fun lol I so miss those messy fun times with my kids. They grow up so fast

    Nikki said...

    The slime came out awesome, and I love all your pictures. Your children are adorable. My son is 7, and I'm sure he would love making slime, so I'll have to give this a try.

    life...just saying said...

    Love the pics, and making slime is so cool. I can even see my boys (ages 19 and 15) having some fun with it.

    Mary @ The Mommy Job said...

    oh how fun! I' will have to try this with my kids! thanks for the instructions!

    Julie said...

    What great fun. I'm sure you had as much fun as they did.

    Shelly said...

    Oh we wil have to give this recipe a try. My little boy will love it. Your little one with the markers on him reminds me of days gone by with my boy. So cute.

    Emily said...

    That looks super fun! My girls would have a blast with that.

    kirstin & tricia said...

    Oh my goodness- so easy. My almost 4 year old would LOVELOVELOVE this!

    Johnnie said...

    How fun! I would have loved this project when I was a kid. Going to have to try it with my newphew!

    Printable Decor
    Saved By Love Creations

    Just Jaime said...

    Slime is so fun! Love the poster!

    Kerry Fountain said...

    I love slime! My youngest had a mad scientist birthday when he turned 8 and we made this for the kids.

    Another great thing to try is cornstarch and water. Is it a liquid? Is it a solid? We did this experiment in girl scouts a couple of years because the girls loved it so much.

    Shannon said...

    Looks like your kids had a great time! I love crafty toys like that!

    Carrie said...

    I had no idea Elmer's glue would do that! Thanks for sharing. My kids will get a kick out of trying this!

    I liked your Facebook page so I can keep following. I really like your blog!

    Mariah @ FormulaMom.com said...

    Making slime is always a blast! When I taught first grade it was one of my favorite activities to do and the kids would talk about it for months!

    Mariah
    Formula Mom

    Wendy @ AMFT said...

    How fun! And what great helpers you have. My kids are going to love this!


    Wendy
    Around My Family Table

    Tiffany said...

    I LOOOVE THIS IDEA!! How fun!!

    Michelle said...

    I need to get braver and try more things like this with my kids!

    Anjanette said...

    We went to a birthday party recently where the boy guests took home green slime, and the girls purple playdough. My kids just don't get tired of playing with it!

    Suzy Myers said...

    I love the fact that it is not only a craft project, but a learning opportunity also. Thanks so much for sharing!

    suzy

    Britni @ Our Eventual Homestead said...

    What a fun project, I will definitely have to try this with our daughter! Thanks for sharing :)

    Lou Lou said...

    Oh I cannot wait for my daughter and me to do stuff like this. How fun! She is only 18 months so I might have to wait a little...

    Erin @ My Mommy World said...

    What a cool project! I will definitely have to try this with my kids...they would love it :)

    Becca@CreatingFamilyConnections said...

    That's really cool. Your boys seemed to love it! Fun to see parents having a blast with their children. :)

    The Cookinglady said...

    Wow, How fun was that, anytime you can work on a project with your kids is fun. And slime too, I'm all in.

    mammamilk said...

    Oh wow - my boys would love this! I like all the pictures and how you have it laid out!

    Starlene said...

    Oh wow, that slime stuff looks cool!! And your boys look like they were having a blast.It would probably work out great at a Halloween party for one of those blindfold games where they put grapes in a bowl for eyeballs, slime for well, slime. :-) Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

    Katie said...

    How cute. My girls would love to make slime.

    Kecia said...

    This is a cute post. Your two boys really enjoyed making the slime. I am going to have to make this with my son when he's older.

    krystle said...

    My boys would love that! We recently made something similar but I think it is a diff consistancy.

    marye~ said...

    We made that when my kids were younger and they had so much fun. Your boys look like they are really enjoying themselves too!

    Making Our Life Matter said...

    Okay, I so want to try this out! What's even more amazing, is we just went to Wal-mart(Scary Mart) to buy things for a school project as well!

    Yannie said...

    I love Walmart because they almost have everything you need.

    Anyways, I can see that you and your kids are having great time from collecting the materials until the slime was finished. It's a great idea!

    Marian said...

    This is great idea especially for Halloween. Thanks for sharing..

    Jeanette said...

    I remember doing this when I was a kid and adding green food coloring. I just never knew how to make it, thanks so much for sharing!

    Corinne Rodrigues said...

    I love the expression on your son's face when he's presenting - the sheer joy of creating and offering his creation to the world! You're a great mom!

    Sarah@ropeknits said...

    My older daughters used to have this stuff to play with at their preschool. I should try making it with my youngest now--I bet she'd love it!

    bakergirl said...

    WOW. Wish I would have that recipe for slime when my boys were little. They would have loved it. I am going to tell my daughter about this site. She can make this for my grandchildren. Thanks for sharing. You are very creative. Have a beautiful day!!!

    QueenB said...

    we love making slime!! so much fun- and great sensory experience!

    Krissy Sherman Bonning said...

    So fun! My kiddos would love this. Thanks for the inspiration. Your kids are so cute, btw!

    Maura said...

    I used to do this with my middle school students when I was still teaching science. ToNS-O-FUN! All ages would enjoy it and everyone can make it. Thanks for sharing!

    Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures said...

    How fun! We make something similar the other day.

    Katie said...

    This looks so fun! We did something similar when I was a kid in class but it was more gross looking than what you have haha We weren't even allowed to touch it outside of a ziplock baggie.

    Amanda said...

    LOL How fun! I *love* the red hair! I have two redheaded boys myself! And I'm sure they would love to make slime. :-)

    LaVonne @ Long Wait said...

    Very fun thing to make with small kids. Mine is 4 and I know she'd love this. Thanks for sharing it with us all. I need to make it for her!

    Tabitha (a.k.a. Penny) said...

    Very, very cool! I need to try this soon. Thank you.

    Dawn Storey said...

    They must have had so much fun! I would have love to make that as a child. Thank you for sharing this interesting craft!

    Clarissa D said...

    What a fun project!! I used to love playing with slime when I was little. I am going to add this to Pinterest for DIY section :) Thank you for sharing!!

    AMBER EDWARDS said...

    that is such a creative and fun project and educational too! That would be so much fun! My kids would love that. I will have to bookmark this for our next school vacation activity!

    Dianna @ practicingfrugal said...

    What a great project. Looks like your boys had a great time completing it. I think my girls would have fun with this too.

    Khairy said...

    I can't wait for my son tobe old enough for us to do stuff like this. Looks fun!

    April said...

    This looks like so much fun! I'll have to do it with Little Miss!

    Brenda said...

    This looks like a fun project. My son would really love to make slime. When you add the food coloring does that come off on the kids hands? My son would love to have green slime!

    Jing Jing said...

    this is wonderful! i have 5 and 3 year old and will def make this. thanks for sharing!

    Jacqui Gonzales said...

    I've been meaning to buy Borax to make laundry and dish detergent anyway. I'm bookmarking this as an activity to try on our next school vacation!

    Nancy Stewart said...

    I used to have kids in my classes make something like this to go along with a Dr. Seuss book. They loved it. Fun.

    Mrs. Accountability said...

    I'm going to share this with my sister who has two grandchildren. She would probably love to do this project with them.

    Daily Citron said...

    Wow, I'm impressed! I get intimidated by how much mess will result from projects like these. I need to just throw caution to the wind and go for it, like you. Clearly the children had a blast.
    -Viva recently posted Homemade Pizza Dough

    Layne said...

    Wow! That sounds like it was a lot of fun! Obviously the boys had a blast!

    penguinsandladybugs said...

    The messier, the more fun....right? But it totally looks so cool! I love science!

    See You In the Garden said...

    I so want to do this! I had no idea you could do this. Okay my excitment level has jumped quite a bit. My oldest loves playing with his slime. Now we can make his own if the one he currently has gets too dirty. Thanks so much for showing and telling us about this.

    Carrie said...

    Such cute pictures! I did this recently with my two boys. They thought the slime was pretty interesting. :-) I added a few drops of food coloring so we had green slime.

    Jessica, The Debt Princess said...

    I have made this so many time but with Elmer's glue and fabric softener! The kids LOVE it, don't they?

    Becky Fisher said...

    LOL We made that when we homeschooled. It's been 14 years but it's probably still intact!

    My SoCal Life said...

    THAT LOOKS LIKE SO MUCH FUN! I'M ALWAYS LOOKING FOR FUN PROJECTS W/MY LIL GUY

    Victoria M said...

    MopMart that is so cute! Thanks for the neat kids project.
    Easy2Save

    Jill said...

    Slime is SUCH a great project to do with the kids! Mine loved it at Kindy!

    Katy @ Experienced Bad Mom said...

    Yay for educational and FUN! I like Josiah's pizza making turn.

    sarah said...

    Fun! Pinned it for when my baby boy is bigger.

    Elaine said...

    That is so cool! I loved reading about your day with your boys, and the slime recipe is a keeper!

    Melanie said...

    Your sons are adorable. I love the poster you worked on. I was never much good at that sort of thing in school. Mine were all sloppy. :)

    -Melanie from Melanie's Musings

    SalemMomma said...

    What a fun idea! My kids would love to do this, thanks for sharing!

    Heather said...

    I accidentally showed this to my boys, and now we are going to have to make a trip to Walmart! thanks!!
    Great idea, thanks for this post!

    Jamie Northrup said...

    Looks like fun, I'll bookmark this, my son is too young (considering he's not born yet, another week or so to go). But it will be good for my nieces and nephews when I babysit.

    Tracy @ usingtimewisely.com said...

    Roxanne, what a fun experiment. I hope you videotaped the presentation.

    jenivieve elly said...

    This is awesome! How old are your kiddos? I want to do this but I think my 21 month old is still a bit young. I will be bookmarking ya:)

    Jewellz said...

    This is a great project for my kiddos. Thank you for the idea.

    My Little Bit of Life said...

    What a great activity! It looks like they has so much fun! Great memory!

    Adelina Priddis said...

    fun! Do you have to use elmers brand specifically do you know? I've got a lot of white school glue, just off brand. I'm sure my kids would love this.

    Jamie O. said...

    Fun idea, thanks for sharing.

    Kate a.k.a. Gwenelle said...

    I always loved making this stuff when I was a kid! Thanks for the reminder of fun times :)

    Kangaroo Mama said...

    How fun is that! It seems pretty easy to make "slime" but what is Borax? I have never heard of it before! So you can probably also mix in food coloring to make different colored slime right or would that change the consistency? Thanks for sharing the post!

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