Kids love to play with slimy things. Unfortunately for their parents, many slimy things are unsanitary or messy. You can, however, make gobs of sanitary and easy-to-clean slime with your children by mixing together a few ingredients. One of the main ingredients is liquid starch, which people often use to make their laundry wrinkle-resistant and easier to iron. Keep in mind that you may want to hide the liquid starch well after showing your kids how to make this gooey toy with it.
Things You'll Need
1/4 cup white glue
Large mixing bowl
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup liquid starch
Pour the white glue into the mixing bowl.
Add the water, and stir with the wooden spoon. Add six drops of food coloring. Mix thoroughly.
Stir in the liquid starch. Continue to stir the mixture until you are satisfied with the viscosity and texture. Add several more drops of liquid starch if your concoction is too sticky.
Store the slime in a plastic bag when you are not using it.
You may wish to lay a plastic sheet over your work area to minimize any mess. Try different types and measurements of glue and liquid starch for different results. Place your slime in different cups and bowls to see how it slowly takes the shape of its container. This is an excellent way to teach children about viscosity.
Do not pour your slime down the drain. The starch will interact with the water in the pipes and clog them up. Be sure to keep the slime from anything it might damage. Slime can dry into and ruin fabric and many surfaces, particularly wood. The food coloring in the slime can also stain fabrics and surfaces. Always watch that small children do not ingest any slime when they are playing with it.