My 3 yr old daughter took this pic of me

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Putty Goop Slime

This is super fun stuff to play with and really easy to make! I promise your kids are gonna love it and it's going to keep them busy for awhile! There are three ways to make it: with or without the cornstarch, and the with the third method, you add water to the glue before mixing.  If you use the cornstarch you'll have putty and if you don't use it, you'll have goop - a little softer and more workable, and if you add water to the glue before mixing you'll have slime. Thus the title - putty goop slime.

So here's what you need:

  • 1/4 cup of warm water
  • 1/2 tsp of Borax 
Dissolve the borax in the water in a bowl and put aside.

Then in another bowl:

  • 1/4 cup of cornstarch *(if you are making goop)
  • 1/4 cup school glue
  • 1/4 cup water *(if you are making slime)
  • food coloring

For Putty:

Mix the cornstarch, glue, and food coloring together, then add to the borax water mixture and stir it up. Remove the lump from the water and discard the leftover water. The mixture will be quite firm and pliable. Press it against different things and see what patterns you get!

  Borax and water...

Glue and cornstarch mixture...

 Glue mixture in borax/water mixture...

Putty - the color is swirled because I added it after. You should add the coloring to the glue mixture before mixing with the borax and water.

For Goop:

Mix the glue and food coloring together and then add to the borax water mixture. Stir. Remove the lump from the water and discard the leftover water. This mixture will be a little wetter than the putty and more pliable and soft.

The glue poured into the borax water. I added the food coloring to the borax water, but I should have added it to the glue first...


For Slime: (this one is messy)

Mix the glue, water, and food coloring and then add to the borax water. You will have to work the mixture for a 2-3 minutes with your hands while it is still in the water. Then when you feel like it is solid enough to remove from the water, take it out and discard the excess water. This stuff is amazing and SLIMY!

Glue, water, food coloring mixture...

 Glue, water, food coloring mixture all stirred up...

 After adding the glue/water mixture to the borax/water mixture....

Slime :) After working it for a few minutes in the water.

All three can be stored in ziplock bags indefinitely. If they start to get a little too dry, just add some water to your bag and it'll be like new again. This makes the PERFECT gift/stocking stuffer for that boy on your list!

I would not recommend this for children under 3 as it should not be eaten.

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