Thursday, August 25, 2011

Slime and Play-Doh recipes, Oh My!

So in continuation of Martin King's recollection of the slimy, icky things we loved as kids, I thought I'd tell you how to make Slime and Play-Doh at home. They really are easy to make, and the kids will LOVE them.


You will need:

A 4-oz bottle of Elmer's gel glue
food coloring
glitter is optional

1. Take half a cup of hot water and add borax slowly until it stops dissolving. If it's cloudy, that's okay.
2. Stir 4 ounces of glue into 1 cup of water. Gel glue creates see through slime, white glue will create opaque slime.
3. Add food coloring to the glue solution. Get creative! Add glitter for "princess" slime. Radioactive slime is produced by using 2 drops of yellow and 1 drop of green food coloring.
4. Mix 1/3 cup borax solution with 1 cup glue solution. If you want to make bigger batches, just combine the two solutions in a ratio of 1 part borax solution to 3 parts glue solution.
5. Get Slimy!!

Play-Doh Madness!

You will need:

2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
food coloring

1. Mix all of the ingredients together and stir over low heat until it is no longer sticky and thickens.
2. Let the mixture cool until it is safe enough to handle.
3. Turn the dough out onto a clean counter or non-stick mat and knead until the dough is smooth.
4. Separate into a few smaller batches.
5. Add food coloring by making a divot in the center of each ball and kneading the color through (similar to adding eggs into homemade noodles). Keep adding dye until you get the intensity of color that you want.
6. Make something cool!

Store both the Slime and Play-Doh in air-tight plastic bags.


Katiebee said...

love the playdough colors! i've used koolaid to color playdough and it also gives it a nice scent~ thanks for sharing!



Lupie said...

When I was teaching a coworker taught science and did this with his students every years. It would make me crazy because they would come into my math class with the stuff.

janis said...

Loved making this for my kids & for the kids in my Pre-school class! What fun!

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