Making slime at home can be fun and creative. The making of this viscous toy can be seen as an experiment for children that involves a chemical reaction between the ingredients being mixed. Find out on Joy-pup how to make slime at home and how to use it.
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How to use slime?
Slimes are a viscous and elastic toy that is popular with children and adults. Here are some ways to use slime.
- Game and entertainment. You can just play with it, stir, pull, stretch and make different shapes. This is a great toy for fun and entertainment.
- Removal of stress. Slime is often used as an anti-stress toy. You can squeeze it, roll it, twist it and experience the pleasure of tactile sensations, which helps to relieve tension and stress.
- Motor development. Playing with slime can help develop fine motor skills in children. They can train their fingers by rolling the slime into balls or thin threads, as well as forming various shapes.
- Sensory games. Adding different texture elements to the slime can make the game even more interesting. You can add glitter, foam, confetti, or fragrances to create a variety of tactile sensations.
- Experiments. The slime can also be used to perform various scientific experiments for children, such as studying its behavior at different temperatures, adding different ingredients, etc.
Attention! Slime is not recommended to be swallowed or kept in close contact with eyes and open wounds. You should also avoid using slime on surfaces that can absorb it or be damaged by contact with it, such as carpets or fabrics.
How to make slime with your own hands
You will need:
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) PVA glue
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
- Food coloring (optional)
- Essential oils (optional)
- 1 teaspoon sodium tetraborate
Step 1. In a large bowl, mix PVA glue with food coloring into a homogeneous mass. If desired, add a few drops of essential oils for fragrance.
Step 2. In a separate bowl, dissolve 1 teaspoon of sodium tetraborate in 1/2 cup (120 ml) of water. Mix well until it is completely dissolved.
Step 3. Slowly add the sodium tetraborate solution to the bowl of glue, gradually mixing the mass with your hands. Continue adding sodium tetraborate until the mixture becomes slime-like and starts to separate from the sides of the bowl.
Step 4. If the resulting mixture is too sticky, you can add a little more tetraborate solution. If the mixture becomes too hard, add some water and continue to knead until you reach the desired consistency.
When the slime is ready, you can play with it and model it however you like. Experiment with different colors and add fun items like sequins and beads. Please note that when working with sodium tetraborate, care should be taken to avoid getting the substance into the eyes or into the body.