I must be living under a rock because evidently SLIME is all the rage. Yes, slime. The ewwier and gooer the better, too. Why not put a patriotic spin on this trending craft with a red, white, and blue slime?
Given the likelihood that you already have all of these ingredients at home (and they are readily available at just nearly every store), this is an excellent group activity or make-and-take for older children (4-10 years old) but also a great guided activity for toddlers and preschoolers.
Craft/Activity/Snack: Red White and Blue Glitter Slime
Objective: Follow a recipe to create a new sensory toy
Skills Utilized: following instructions, counting and measuring, sensory play, basic chemistry
Suggested Reading: F is for Flag by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
Materials: three 5oz bottles of clear washable glue, 1.5 tablespoons of baking soda (separated in three 1.5 teaspoon increments), 3 tablespoons of contact solution (divided in 1 tablespoon increments), red food coloring, blue food coloring, and glitter (optional)
You will make each colored batch of slime separately so you will need to clean the bowl between batches or have three small bowls on hand.
- Let your child squeeze out the entire contents of one bottle of 5oz clear washable glue into a bowl.
- Combine the glue with half a tablespoon (one and a half teaspoons) of baking soda, let them stir
- Add in any glitter of your choosing, stir to combine. Don’t be shy with the glitter!
- Add in drops of food coloring, and stir. We used 6 drops of red and 4 drops of blue to obtain the shades we got (no food coloring is added to the “white” slime; however we did add glitter).
- Now comes the slimy magic! Add in the tablespoon of contact lens solution and stir. You will see how quickly the smooth glue mixture congeals into the puddy-like end product.
- Remove from the bowl (it will be sticky) and knead on a non-porous surface. As air is incorporated into the slime, it’ll become less sticky and wet (about a minute or two)
Each of the boys helped to create one of the colors of the day. Jazz did the white, M was responsible for the red, and J was all about the blue.
I was careful to not combine the slime and stored each color in separate baggies until the boys were ready. Once the slime touches, there is no disconnecting it… you’ve been warned!
To create the red white and blue effect, simply lay the colors close to one another and they will connect like magic. Then you’ll get an awesome product like this and it’s time to play.
The colors will eventually blend and form a rich purple that has a very cool ‘galaxy’ feel to it.
Ways to expand upon this activity:
- Research the science behind slime
- Stretch the slime into pieces and form shapes, letters, or pictures
- Discuss the importance of red, white, and blue to Americans
- Try other slime recipes
- Introduce common measurements – teaspoon, tablespoon, half cup, cup, etc. and sort by size