My step-daughters have been creating and playing with slime for years…. And honestly, it drove me NUTS! I found it in the carpet, on their sheets, on their towels, on the bathroom floor, all over the sink, EVERYWHERE! What on earth would happen if I gave this goop to a toddler!?!
I’m really drawing you guys in here, aren’t I!? Any ways, I saw quite a few insta-accounts that had posted about slime for sensory play and I just decided to take the plunge. Did some Pinteresting and found a couple easy recipes, that only called for three ingredients (one of which I already had). To be sure I wanted to cross this line of insanity, I decided to test out the recipes the night before, after I put London to bed.
Here’s the list of ingredients…
- Elmers Glue (I bought the clear glue)
- Baking Soda
- Contact Solution (I used Up&Up Clear Comfort Solution)
There are a bunch of different variations in Slime but this was the most basic, toddler friendly version I could find.
Here’s the Recipes for what I think is the perfect Toddler Slime
- 1c Elmers Glue
- 1tsp Baking Soda
- 2 tbsp Contact Solution
Mix the ingredients together in the order listed above & enjoy! If slime is too sticky, add more contact solution in small amounts until you reach the desired consistency.
Here’s What I learned…
1.The Contact Solution is the KEY to how sticky your slime is. The original recipe I started with was SUPER STICKY and I didn’t think that London would enjoy that, so I added more until I got a consistency that I liked. Be aware that you can add too much contact solution which make the slime stiff and less ‘slimey’. Make sure your concoction is well mixed (Take it out of whatever you are using to mix it and USE YOUR HANDS) before adding more contact solution.
2. There are other slime recipes that call for Borax. Based on what I’ve read, borax in slime can cause some skin irritation if not diluted properly or if it’s played with consistently for extended periods of time. I opted for the contact solution vs. borax just to avoid any potential issues.
3. Feel free to jazz your concoction up! To create a Valentines theme for our slime, I added two different types of glitter, teeny tiny hot pink glitter and little red hearts. I also played around with adding shaving cream. I found the brand Smartly and got a full size can for $0.99! SCORE!! It makes the slime super fluffy and just adds a variation in textures while London is playing. Here’s the recipe I used for the fluffy version.
Fluffy Slime Recipe
- 1c Clear Elmers Glue
- 1c Shaving Cream
- 1/2 tsp Baking soda
- 3 Tbsp contact solution
I hope this little tutorial helps makes the world of slime less daunting. London has enjoyed it tremendously the last couple weeks and I’m excited to keep trying different variations. Let me know what you think!!