Our girls are obsessed with making slime! Abby even asked to use her allowance to make this slime station so they could have a place for experimenting with the goopy stuff all summer long.
Slime is definitely an outside only activity at our house. I love that they are essentially doing science experiments for fun, but to be honest, I find that few things in parenting have tested my patience as much as this stuff. When kids are making slime, they are making a MESS. That’s why we are keeping this slime station outdoors, and I also added a few extra touches to help with clean-up. I bought all of our stuff at Target, but will add my Amazon affiliates links throughout this post in case you want to save yourself a trip and order online.
The first thing I did was cover the top of a tv tray with the kind of vinyl tablecloth they sell at party supply stores. You could also use one like this. I wrapped the top of the small table like a present and secured it underneath with packing tape. This makes it much easier to wipe up the sticky spills.
Then I filled a storage bin with all of the ingredients and tools that their little hearts might desire. You might find that you already have a lot of this laying around the house, so this could even be a no-cost project for some families! Our slime station includes:
- laundry detergent
- Glue (Lots of glue!)
- Shaving cream
- Corn starch
- Play mats made out of the extra pieces of the table cloth
- Plastic storage bins
- A file crate (I wanted something with drainage holes)
- Measuring spoons and cups
- Plastic spoons
- a rubber spatula
- Food coloring
They won’t need to use all of the ingredients at the same time, but this way the kids can experiment with creating whatever method they are learning about on YouTube at the time. I did not include contact lens solution or Borax in our kit, but you could include them in yours if you like making your slime that way.
The first thing Penny did was make “unicorn slime” out of laundry detergent, glue, shaving cream, and a bunch of pink glitter. Because the laundry detergent is blue and the glitter and shaving cream were pink, it turned a very pretty shade of purple with lots of pink glitter throughout. She took it for Show and Tell today and now I’m just hoping her teacher does’t hate me.
They are loving it and I’m at least loving that it’s keeping them outside and away from the tv.
If you are looking for a very easy slime recipe, check out the one we shared on the blog.
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