Science Slime Fun

Science slime fun a science experiment that is easy and fun to do with kids.

After school activities were cancelled yesterday due to impending inclement weather. Yes, Winter Storm Jonas has it’s eye on the Triangle, and school officials want to keep students safe just in case. It didn’t snow last night, but Lego club was cancelled. It’s not even snowing, my 7-year-old exclaimed when I picked him up from school. He was certainly disappointed his after school activity was cancelled. Yet, I had a plan to put a smile on his face. I recently discovered easy science experiments that are kid-friendly and fun on ABC 11‘s new Science Club segment.

The Science Club is sponsored by BASF, the largest chemical producer in the world, and airs every Wednesday on ABC 11 at 4:28 p.m. If you miss the show, you can always visit their website and catch up on the shows you missed. The website also provides a list of all the science experiments and instructions on how to do the experiments at home.

I chose the How to Make Slime experiment knowing my boys would love anything gooey and semi-gross.  When I told my son the plan, he was so excited to go home and start making slime with his brother. They were like two little mad scientists in the kitchen as I gathered the ingredients for our homemade slime- borax, glue, water and food coloring.

How to make slime- an easy and fun science experiment for kids.

I used 2 old plastic containers to mix the ingredients. I didn’t want to wash glue, and it would be easier to throw away when we were finished. In the first container, we mixed 1 cup of water with 1 teaspoon of borax. In the second container, we poured the entire container of glue (4 oz), 1/2 cup of water and 8 drops of food coloring. The boys picked green.

How to make slime- an easy and fun science experiment for kids.

Then we added the borax mixture to the second container and stirred.  Then we drained the remaining water. The boys took turns kneading the slime until it was no longer wet and gooey. They were amazed as to how the glue turned into putty. I was able to teach them about the scientific aspect of the experiment. Borax which can be found in the detergent aisle at the grocery store is also known as sodium borate. The chemical compounds found in borax transformed the glue into a putty-slime like component. The boys were intrigued with their slimy creation as they took turns touching and folding it into their hands. And my 7-year-old, he forgot all about missing Lego club.

How to make slime- an easy and fun science experiment for kids.

How to make slime- an easy and fun science experiment for kids.

 

What kind of science experiments do you do with your kids?

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14 comments on “Science Slime Fun”

  1. Melanie says:

    It looks like you guys are ready for the impending blizzard!

    1. Rachel says:

      Yes, we’ll have science experiments to keep us busy.

  2. Mandi Korn says:

    This is really cool, thanks for sharing
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    1. Rachel says:

      Thanks. It’s a fun activity when you’re stuck inside.

  3. Natasha says:

    I really want to try this one…I just haven’t made it to the store to get the borax ;)! Looks like the kids enjoyed it!

    1. Rachel says:

      I only found a big container of borax, but I think I’ll use the leftovers to clean my HE washer.

  4. Emma says:

    Nothing can turn my daughter’s bad mood into giggles like slime. Not bad for something so icky! lol!
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    1. Rachel says:

      She’ll love this experiment. It’s easy and the end result is so much fun!

  5. Amy says:

    My son loved this experiment too! Thanks for sharing. ABC11’s website has the ‘recipes’ for dozens of experiments through the Science Club with BASF.
    Amy

    1. Rachel says:

      These experiments are good for a rainy day or trackout. I love how it makes learning fun.

  6. Fun, my boys would love to do this! Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinning to our linkup board and hope you found some great posts to visit this week!
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    1. Rachel says:

      My boys had a lot of fun. I plan to do more experiments with them soon.

  7. Sophia says:

    Hi! I have made this and so far I really like it. I have run into a plebrom though, it has dried up in the container and it’s hard. I have to scrape it to get it out and it’s all chunky now. Did I do something wrong? I followed all of your directions. The only thing I can think of is that it’s been humid here. Thanks!

    1. Rachel says:

      It tends to get hard when you leave it in the container. Just pick it up and squish it around in your hands.

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