Sunday, 23 July 2017

Help! My Home is Being Taken Over By Slime.

I went to bed last night and there was a dollop of slime on my bed sheet. I had to strip the bed before I could get in and go to sleep.
There were traces of slime up the stairs too, and on the landing, and no doubt if I went into my daughter's bedroom the culprit would be found red handed, or should that be slime handed?

You see, Star is obsessed with slime. Not your ordinary, buy in a tub, slime. But home made, make your kitchen look like there has been and explosion of alien pie, slime. She watches videos on YouTube on how to make slime. She watches videos on people playing with slime. She watches videos of slime, slime and even more slime.

She says that slime makes her feel calm. She tells me that some of the videos she watches are sensory and she loves to hear the sounds that slime makes in someone else's hands.

My girl is weird!

Yesterday she made two different types of slime. One was with Borax (yes, I had to order it online, I'd never heard of it before but apparently it's a laundry starch) warm water and pva glue. The other was body lotion and cornflour.

Borax Slime

This involves 1 and a half tablespoons of Borax dissolved in a cup of warm water which is then added to around 150 ml of glue and stirred. The mixture should be quite runny still but it will stop sticking to the stirring spoon. Then you leave it for a while. (This bit my daughter finds very difficult, she's not good at waiting.) Eventually there will be blobs of slime at the bottom of your bowl and the rest will be a watery, almost clear liquid. Then you take out the blobs and squeeze out the remaining water to make your slime.
We have tried this several times and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I can't tell you why.

If you want to try a UK version of this slime recipe (And I'm sure we will be at some point) then take a look at Someone's Mum's post on Rainbow Glitter Slime.

Body Lotion Slime

Finally a use for all those bottles of body lotion that arrive in Christmas gifts that you have never had time to use. Now, I do love body lotion, but there is only so much you can get through in a year. This is my favourite slime because, 1. it smells nice and 2. it contains cornflour. Cornflour is my most favourite sensory product. I absolutely adore the way it feels on my hands. Normally, I can't stand anything at all on my hands, but cornflour I could play with all day. Plus when you add water you get this amazing solid liquid! It's like magic, one minute it's a pouring liquid, but hit it hard and quick with a spoon and it resists like a solid. 

Enough of my cornflour enthusing, the recipe to this is quite simple. Put your cornflour into a bowl and mix in the body lotion until you get a nice stretchy, slimy consistency. This lovely slime is not only lovely to play with, it smells great and keeps your hands soft! Of course it also tends to break down sometimes and leave blobs of powdery substance all over the place...including MY BED!!

So today we have NOT been making slime, but I'm sure it won't be long before the bug bites again.

Cakes

This has nothing to do with slime, but everything to do with YouTube. Boo watches video after video of cakes being made and decorated. Many of them are compilation clips and you get to see cake after cake after cake being made. I have to admit, I do like watching them with her sometimes. She told me there is something calming about watching them, but I don't find them calming, I find them inspiring! I'd love to be able to make cakes like that. The other day we watched one that she has decided she'd like me to replicate for her birthday. It's really cute and not that difficult so I'm hoping I can pull it off. I'll show you if I do. 

In the meantime, please take a look at Boo herself decorating a Valentines cake.
Do your kids watch YouTube videos? Which are their favourites? Have you ever tried to make slime at home?



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