Are your kids obsessed with slime, too? We are constantly making and playing with new batches of slime around here. And honestly because it takes less than five minutes to make and results in hours of play, I don’t complain one bit! As part of our ongoing sponsored series with Elmer’s I thought I’d share some of the super easy activities my kids do with slime. To be sure your kids will come up with some pretty cool things to do with slime no matter what, but these ideas might just extend their playtime even more. And who doesn’t appreciate that?!
Whip Up a Batch of Glitter Slime
First you’ll need to make a batch (or two) of slime. Elmer’s has made it super easy for you to choose a recipe. Their website has an entire slime section full of recipe ideas, videos, tips and more. We chose Elmer’s Recipe for Glitter Slime, because…sparkles, of course! No matter what kind of slime we’re making I know I’ll find the right glue for our project from Elmer’s.
To make our glitter slime we mixed all three ingredients together in a bowl. Then we kneaded it until we got the consistency we were looking for.
Note that some slime recipes come out a bit more firm and rubber-like while others have a more oozing and gooey consistency. This can also vary with the same recipe, so it takes a bit of trial and error…perfect for little scientists! For the activities below you want a slime that is a bit more ooey and gooey to get the best results.
Blow Slime Bubbles
One of my kids’ favorite things to do with slime is blowing slime bubbles and experimenting with all they can do with them. I first saw this done over on Twodaloo, and we’ve been having fun with it ever since.
We use basic straws and place them into a ball of slime (sort of like a giant piece of bubble gum!). Then we blow in the straw and a bubble starts to form. Cue the oohs and aahs!!!
As my kids experiment more with slime bubble blowing they’ve tried things like:
- blowing a bubble within a bubble using two straws
- putting a finger or other object into the slime bubble without popping it
- seeing how large they can blow their slime bubbles
- seeing if they can make their slime bubbles stretch to the floor while standing
I love that this simple activity stretches their thinking in so many different directions! It’s a great STEM activity.
Other Fun Things to Do with Slime
After they’re done with slime bubbles your kids might also like to try these ideas for playing with slime.
- Make Slime Falls. We love using the edge of a counter, back of a chair, or even an arm to let slime slowly ooze down. My kids call these Slime Falls and they find them absolutely mesmerizing!
- See how far you can stretch your slime. As my kids learned more about how far slime could stretch making Slime Falls, they started to wonder just how far they could get it to stretch. I recommend doing this activity indoor on a clean hard surface (tile, wood, or something similar) so slime doesn’t get stuck on anything you don’t want it to and it doesn’t get dirty when it falls to the ground. For this activity the kids each hold one end of the slime and they slowly step apart to see how far they can get before the slime falls to the ground. This is particularly interesting if you have used different slime recipes with different Elmer’s glues and ingredients, and that leads to our final activity.
- Test out how different kinds of Elmer’s glues impact how the slime turns out. Like I said before there are a lot of different adhesives to choose from, and they all make a slightly different variation of slime (or at least that’s what we’ve found). Test out different recipes and play with them side by side to observe similarities and differences.
What other fun things do your kids do with slime? We’d love some new ideas to test out!
WANT TO TRY SOME MORE DIY FUN WITH ELMER’S?
Make your own air dry clay. Then use it to make sculptures.
Try making this DIY silly putty.
Or create your own sparkly suncatchers.
Note: Adult supervision is required. This project is not appropriate for children under the age of 3 years. Materials are not intended to be ingested.