Introduction: Slime is cool and fun for kids to play with and help make but they should know the science behind it! Slime is formed form two main ingredients polyvinyl alcohol (a main ingredient in washable school glue) and borate ion (which you can get from borax, sodium tetraborate, or boric acid). When the chemical reaction takes place the attraction makes the two molecules form long chains, and tons of those chains together form the slime we love! Now lets make some slime!
- Elmer’s Glue (clear, white, or glitter will do!)
- Wooden Craft sticks
- Green Food coloring (for the month of may!)
- Glitter (optional)
- Polyvinyl alcohol
- Disposable cups
- Glow-in-the-dark paint
- Borax powder
- Zip-close sandwich bag
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- Mix 3/4 teaspoon of polyvinyl alcohol and 1/2 cup of water in a disposable cup to create a PVA solution; set aside.
- Add 2 tablespoons of PVA solution to a sandwich bag and mix in 1/8 teaspoon of glow paint. Zip closed and squish around to combine well.
- In a separate bag, combine 3/4 teaspoon of Borax powder with 1/2 cup of warm water, zip closed and mix by squishing until the powder won’t dissolve any further.
- In a new sandwich bag, combine two tablespoons of PVA solution with 2 teaspoons of Borax solution, zip closed and knead with fingers to combine.
- To make your goo glow, hold the bag up to the light, let it charge up and when the lights go off you’ll watch your DIY slime light up the night!
- You can add some glitter to make it sparkle if you want too!
Other Fun May Ideas:
Memorial day is coming up so here are some cool crafts and ideas to check out for a fun day!