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Homemade Slime

06/11/2009 06:22 PM

My worst grades in high school and college were in my science courses. The “a-ha” moments were lost on me when we combined different ingredients to make new ones or see chemical reactions take place. It didn’t excite me at all. But then I had kids. On summer vacation.

In desperation to make meaningful memories with Henry and Georgia and to stave off the "I'm boreds" and "Can we watch a shows" I looked online for some simple experiments that we could do at home. I found instructions to make what I'd call sticky slime and the kids loved it.

You'll need:

  • white glue
  • liquid starch (found at WalMart by laundry detergent)
  • food coloring
liquid starch


  1. Mix 2 Tbsp glue with 1 Tbsp liquid starch with fork in small glass bowl.
  2. When mixture firms up a bit use your hands to squeeze and knead it. If too sticky add a little more liquid starch; if too slimy add a bit more glue.
  3. Add one or two drops of food coloring to the slime and work it in your hands again to evenly distribute the color
Playing with slime

My kids enjoyed squeezing it, shaping it, and stetching it. I am now thinking about the next experiment to try. Who knew science could be so much fun?

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