I don’t think you can spend time around a Junior school aged child and not hear about slime at the moment. It seems to be everywhere!
At Brownies we have a tradition that the girls moving up the Guides attend one final evening at the start of term and stay on for Guides straight after, a double session. We also use this as an opportunity to let the leaving girls decide the meeting’s activity, whether it be something new or repeating an old favourite.
Last summer I asked two girls due to leave at Christmas what they wanted to do, and they were excited to make slime! I was nervous as I’d tried a recipe the previous year and it did not work at all, but I wanted to be able to give them a special last session.
I did some research and found an awesome UK recipe (For lack of a better word!) using items easily found in a local supermarket.
How to make slime at Brownies!
Per four Brownies you’ll need:
- 150ml PVA glue
- Couple drops of food colouring
- 1 heaped teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
- Eye lens solution / eye drops (check the ingredients for boric acid/sodium borate)
- 4 food containers
- Plastic spoons / wooden lolly sticks
The links will take you to the exact products I used, you’ll probably find similar in other shops. We gave the choice of green or pink food colouring.
- Split the Brownies into groups based on what colour slime they’d like to make, then group the Brownies into threes or fours depending how many bottles of glue & eye solution you have.
- Give each group one food container box to create their mix. Start by giving each group the 150ml of PVA glue to pour into the food container.
- Supervise each group as they drip a couple drops of food colour into the mix (less is more! Most of our pink slime turned out brown!) and instruct the Brownies to use the plastic spoons / wooden lolly sticks to mix the colouring into the glue.
- Give each group a spoon and let them put the headed teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda into the mix and continue mixing.
- Finally, a few drops at a time, add the eye lens solution / eye drops. Mix and then add more as needed. As the Brownies mix it’ll become thicker to the point they can pick it up and squish it. Keep going until it looses stickiness and becomes a solid mixture you can stretch and mould.
- Split the mixture between the Brownies and give each a food container to take it home in.
- Warn the Brownies that the mixture will become watery in a day or so unless regularly moulded, so keep it in the container!
This was such a brilliant evening, much better than I’d imagined. Many of the older Brownies had made slime at home, and were surprised at the amount of bicarbonate of soda they needed to add. But they were very pleased with how it turned out, saying it was the best slime they’d made, and were thanking me for introducing this version to them!
I wish I could show you images but they all have the Brownies very shocked and excited faces in them!
At our Brownies we split it between groups of three or four due to the cost of the eye drops, you might find cheaper so that the girls can have more slime, but I also felt working in groups helped the Brownies learn about team work.