SLIME AND OUR FASCINATION!
SLIME! It’s everywhere! OK my fellow grandparents, what is the fascination with slime? I’m sure your grandchildren are doing it, making it, playing with it, creating it, watching videos about it and sharing it! I have even made a few tubs myself. Have you?
I started thinking about why so many young people are obsessed with slime. It didn’t take me long to do my research! With all the screens starring up at us 24-7 kids are craving an opportunity to use their hands. It’s really very simple, and this is a quote from my 12 year old granddaughter, “It’s fun, it’s satisfying, and it’s easy.” See there you go. How complicated is that?
SLIME AND STRESS REDUCTION
I personally think it has a lot to do with stress. Teens do go through a lot of stress these days (I know, we do too!) and I think they find it soothing and relaxing. I love the idea that slime is a non-toxic, self-soothing and just a whole lot of fun to make. The fact that it also happens to be a trend right now makes this a win-win.
Slime may also act similar to a stress ball since both of them are effective at relaxing our minds, releasing the tension caused by stress thus giving us a quick break from life.
Slime is about mixing ingredients and experimenting with different colors and supplies. Ingredients! Wow! Now that’s a whole other story. I had no idea you could you eye contact solution! Yes, that’s correct. One recipe I saw had that listed as one of the ingredients. Another positive thing is that I believe it allows kids the opportunity to explore and create using different types of elements to accomplish their slime goal.
This version of slime (or Gak) is made of glue and Borax.
WHAT YOU NEED:
WHAT YOU DO:
- In one bowl mix 1 oz. glue (about ¼ of the glue bottle) and ¼ cup water. If you want colored slime, add food coloring to the glue and water mixture. Lift some of the solution out of the container with the stir stick and note what happens.
- Add ¼ cup of Sodium Tetraborate (Borax) Solutionto the glue and water mixture and stir slowly.
- The slime will begin to form immediately. Lift some of the solution with the stir stick and observe how the consistency has changed from Step 1.
- Stir as much as you can, then dig in and knead it with your hands until it gets less sticky. This is a messy experience but is necessary because it
allows the two compounds to bond completely. Don’t worry about any
leftover water in the bowl; just pour it out.
- When not in use, store the slime in a plastic bag in the fridge to keep it
from growing mold.
The glue has an ingredient called polyvinyl acetate, which is a liquid polymer. The borax links the polyvinyl acetate molecules to each other, creating one large, flexible polymer. This kind of slime will get stiffer and more like putty the more you play with it. Experiment with different glues to see if they create slime (e.g., carpenter glue, tacky glue, etc.).
SO ENJOY THE CREATIVITY, THE MESS AND THE ACTIVITY YOU SHARE WITH YOUR GRANDCHILDREN.
Post pictures! I would love to see them.