How to make slime with Brownies (UK!)

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:

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Give each group a spoon and let them put the headed teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda into the mix and continue mixing.
  5. 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.
  6. Split the mixture between the Brownies and give each a food container to take it home in.
  7. 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.


My 1000 adventure list

Yeah, 1000 adventures. I’ve not thought of them all yet but that’s my impossible goal! I’m so inspired by reading other people’s bucket lists, and I get a sense of achievement when I look over the experiences I’ve had in my life so I’m combining the two into this ultimate life list. This has been a piece of work over the last few months, and I’ll continue adding to it as I think of new ideas and achieve new things.

Some of the completed experiences have links to my corresponding blog post, perhaps a new goal will be to write about each one too!

The list below includes future goals and past achievements, the ones I’ve completed are in bold.

  1. Visit Disney World, Florida
  2. Ride underwater in a submarine
  3. Visit the Louvre
  4. Have a caricature drawn of me
  5. Complete a life journal
  6. Ride in a dune buddy
  7. Make a YouTube video
  8. Make pastry from scratch
  9. Get a tattoo
  10. Complete a scrapbook
  11. Eat pizza in Naples
  12. Ride in a helicopter
  13. Keep a line-a-day journal for one year
  14. Complete all coding lessons on Khan Academy
  15. Try stand up paddling
  16. Play human table football
  17. Take a Bookkeeping course
  18. Get a promotion
  19. Earn my Girlguiding leadership qualification
  20. See sunset and sunrise in the same night
  21. Attend Comic Con
  22. Go on safari
  23. See Hamilton
  24. Ride the vomit comit
  25. Attend a cooking class
  26. Attend a baking class
  27. Visit Reykjavik
  28. Shoot paintballs with a slingshot
  29. Camp at a music festival
  30. Tour the Houses of Parliament
  31. Win a big game of Monopoly
  32. Visit the Colosseum
  33. Ride a Segway
  34. Take an indoor skydiving lesson
  35. Be able to recite all the Commonwealth countries
  36. Take a creative writing course
  37. Try archery
  38. Workout every day for 3 months
  39. Donate blood
  40. Tour a police station
  41. Try caving
  42. See the northern lights
  43. Watch all the Disney classic films
  44. Do yoga
  45. Take a fencing class
  46. Swim with dolphins
  47. Ride a jet ski
  48. Take a bushcraft lesson
  49. Publish a novel
  50. Hold a plank for 5 minutes
  51. Get the high score on an arcade machine
  52. Visit a castle
  53. Play Basketball
  54. Attend a Formula One race
  55. Eat a croissant in Paris
  56. Go white water rafting
  57. Witness a wedding proposal
  58. Learn to use chopsticks
  59. Visit Pax Lodge
  60. Read one novel every month for a year
  61. Attend a secret cinema event
  62. Attend a Brazilian carnival
  63. Complete the Girlguiding ‘Going Away’ qualification
  64. Go up a volcano
  65. Visit Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
  66. Run 5k
  67. Visit Universal Studios, Florida
  68. Take a skiing lesson
  69. Be able to tread water
  70. Visit another Scandinavian city
  71. Drink beer at Oktoberfest
  72. Buy a house
  73. Go to a driving range (golf)
  74. Go zorbing
  75. Be fluent in another language
  76. Visit New York
  77. Complete the Golden Circle, Iceland
  78. Visit the Tower of London
  79. Go on a ghost hunt
  80. Eat chocolate at Cadbury World, Birmingham
  81. Organise a tombola fundraiser
  82. See a tennis match at Wimbledon
  83. Learn the periodic table
  84. Gut a fish
  85. Go camping
  86. Try clay pigeon shooting
  87. Design and paint a games room mural in my home
  88. Be able to recite all the European countries & their capitals
  89. Have a palm reading
  90. Attend a wine tasting
  91. Have Afternoon Tea
  92. Mosh in a mosh pit
  93. Contact someone with the same name
  94. Have a dolphin perform a trick
  95. Visit the Vatican
  96. Learn ballroom dancing
  97. Make soap
  98. Watch all Studio Ghibli films
  99. Tour the Churchill Cabinet War Rooms
  100. Attend a murder mystery
  101. Ride Kingda Ka at Six Flags, New Jersey
  102. Travel first class
  103. Play laser tag
  104. Ride The Smiler at Alton Towers
  105. Go on a cruise
  106. Take a life drawing course
  107. Put on a bet at Newmarket
  108. Tour the Globe Theatre
  109. Attend a concert
  110. Complete all statistics lessons on Khan Academy
  111. Bury a time capsule
  112. Be a Girlguiding Peer Educator
  113. Act on stage
  114. Go zip lining
  115. Walk along the Great Wall of China
  116. Go paintballing
  117. Draw a web comic
  118. Learn to crochet
  119. Visit the Blue Lagoon, Iceland
  120. Go rock climbing
  121. Ride The Ultimate at Lightwater Valley
  122. Explore a cave
  123. Do a high ropes course
  124. See Mount Rushmore
  125. Read all of ‘A Song of Ice & Fire’
  126. Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain
  127. Visit Porta Ventura theme park in Spain… three times!
  128. Escape an escape room
  129. Race a Go Kart
  130. Collect and donate school equipment to Malawi
  131. Stand at the top of Mount Vesuvius
  132. Learn to start a campfire
  133. Send flowers
  134. Visit Australia
  135. Hold a Tarantula
  136. Learn basic origami
  137. See Blue Man Group live
  138. Be a Post Pals Fortnightly Writer for a year
  139. See the red arrows
  140. Visit ICANDO
  141. Be able to recite the 50 American States
  142. Attend the Edinburgh Festival
  143. See WWE live
  144. Eat a cannoli in Italy
  145. Take a Jack the Ripper tour around London
  146. Visit an Ice Bar
  147. Find way out of a corn maze at night
  148. See a Boxing match
  149. Go to a horror maze experience for Halloween
  150. Ride in a limo
  151. See Derren Brown live
  152. Visit Pompeii
  153. See the New Year fireworks in London
  154. Learn to spot constellations
  155. Eat at a dark restaurant
  156. Visit Niagara Falls
  157. Lead a campfire
  158. Organise an event for over 100 people
  159. Try kayaking
  160. Visit Platform 9 & 3/4
  161. Attend a demolition derby
  162. Build snowman twins
  163. See a show / musical from a private box
  164. Visit Stonehenge
  165. Try a reflexology treatment…reluctantly!
  166. Complete the Commonwealth Award
  167. See an event at the summer Olympics
  168. Ride the London Eye
  169. Go to a Japanese theme park
  170. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  171. Go parasailing
  172. Visit the catacombs of Paris
  173. Walk over the o2
  174. Try a corn dog in America
  175. Climb Stealth at Thorpe Park
  176. Understand Macbeth
  177. Create a family tree going back at least three generations
  178. Make a hummingbird in origami
  179. Watch experiments at the Science Museum
  180. Run 10K
  181. Visit Disney Land, California
  182. Complete the Chief Guide’s Challenge
  183. See a Basketball match
  184. Watch Chelsea at Stamford Bridge
  185. Change a flat tyre on my own
  186. Write a children’s novel
  187. Organise a Girlguiding district event
  188. Eat a Macaroon in Paris
  189. Carve a pumpkin
  190. Know how to solve a Rubik’s cube
  191. Be able to mix three cocktails
  192. Be a Girlguiding Mentor for a new leader
  193. Count the vote in an election
  194. Play Hockey
  195. Run a half marathon
  196. Visit all capital cities in the UK
  197. Learn five songs on the guitar
  198. Be able to comfortably touch my toes with straight legs
  199. Complete a 365 Day photo challenge
  200. Co-ordinate and produce a 40 page brochure
  201. Attend the live filming of a TV show
  202. Learn to juggle
  203. Meet a sloth
  204. Bake a creative cake I’m proud of
  205. Paint a Christmas bauble for our tree
  206. Eat churros in America
  207. Drink Limoncello in Sorrento
  208. Make beaded pattern bracelets on a loom
  209. Tour the Blackpool Tower
  210. Learn to knit (and complete all the knitting kits I’ve been given!!)
  211. Have an illustration published
  212. Attend a TED Talk
  213. Complete a NaNoWriMo
  214. Sit on a jury
  215. Understand chess strategies
  216. See a Cirque du Soleil show
  217. Attend an equestrian event
  218. Eat McDonalds three times in 24 hours!
  219. Try disc golf
  220. Make a piñata
  221. Go geocaching
  222. Figure out crosswords
  223. Buy art at an auction
  224. Spend 24 hours at an airport
  225. See the Trooping of the Colour
  226. Be able to complete a full car check
  227. Sponsor a child for 5 years
  228. Complete a Wasjig puzzle
  229. Publish a blog post every week for a year
  230. Eat chocolate and waffles in Brussels
  231. Walk the London Bridges
  232. Hold a snake
  233. Learn five Christmas songs on the piano
  234. Make slime
  235. Celebrate Christmas in Lapland
  236. Make some balloon animals
  237. Be interviewed for a magazine article
  238. Make an advent calendar
  239. Complete my camp blanket
  240. Go to an aquarium
  241. Eat a Grande Big Mac
  242. Bake Lebkuchens
  243. Become a Girlguiding trainer
  244. See The Little Mermaid statue in Denmark
  245. Be visited by the 13 Yule Lads of Christmas
  246. Learn to shuffle cards properly
  247. Build a website from scratch
  248. Organise an international Brownie pen pal exchange
  249. Build a bird table
  250. Volunteer at a national Girlguiding event
  251. Visit a planetarium
  252. Design a charity Christmas card
  253. Go to a silent disco
  254. Take a photo at each Monopoly location in London
  255. Attend a self improvement class
  256. Complete a cryptic crossword
  257. Volunteer at a Peer Educator training weekend
  258. Beat James at table tennis
  259. Scare someone in Madame Tussards
  260. Learn Morse Code
  261. Complete a 30 day yoga challenge
  262. Build a gingerbread house
  263. Bake a gingerbread house
  264. Watch a full season of LOST in 24 hours
  265. Attend Big Gig
  266. Volunteer at Wellies & Wristbands
  267. Attend a Girlguiding international trip
  268. Own a pet axolotl
  269. Ride in a hot air balloon
  270. Carry the Olympic torch
  271. Raise a child
  272. Go to space
  273. Add 1000 experiences to this list

12. See the bigger picture

Part 12 of my series on developing great leadership skills based on Girlguiding’s article here:

12 steps to becoming a great leader

“So, when you need inspiration, think of fellow members out there. We’re all different, but through challenge, friendship, fun and adventure, we can achieve great things.”

It can be difficult sometimes to remember we’re all a part of this giant movement, and to encourage the Brownies to look wider than even our own unit.

A few years ago we took part in an exciting project at World Centre Sangaam in India. The Centre was looking to raise money by selling friendship bracelets made by girlguiding members around the world so we spent an evening making bracelets, having spent a couple weeks learning about India, and in return we received a postcard from the centre thanking us for the donation.

I wish there were more projects like this we could get involved in.

We have run international pen pals and postcard exchanges a couple times over the years and this gets the Brownies thinking about those further afield. Plus we had a lovely district day learning all about Guiding in a different region, for us we looked at Asia and learned to wear Saris and henna painting.

And me? I’m yet to have an international adventure with Guiding. I think the two biggest factors against doing it is a) the cost (if there is fundraising to do I’d rather do it for the unit or the church), b) the time away from James – it doesn’t seem fair for me to use my annual leave to go on holiday without him. So I cannot see myself taking on an overseas trip for Girlguiding any time soon. But James and I have our own adventures abroad and I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂

I do love seeing what goes on in Guiding around the world though, and Facebook is great for seeing this. I’m a member of a few international groups and like a few international pages, such as Free Being Me and Girlguiding South Africa, which gives me a glimpse into the life of memebrs and volunteers around the world.

11. Find the fun

Part 11 of my series on developing great leadership skills based on Girlguiding’s article here:

12 steps to becoming a great leader

“In tough times, a sense of humour gets us through, and it’s extremely useful for teaching those you lead new skills and tackling challenging issues.”

For this I want to reminisce over the times where I could relax being the authoritative figure and could just have a laugh with the Brownies.

Recently we had an evening making animal masks for the Friends to Animals badge. Rather than wandering the room and checking everyone was okay I found myself at a table where the newer Brownies had settled and started making a mask myself. This night was a brilliant way to get to know our new recruits. One especially is very quiet, but we spent the whole night working together and chatting about geckos like the one in Tangled. We all made up names for our alter egos while wearing our masks.

Another great time was on a Christmas sleepover. When we go to activity sites there isn’t usually time for us leaders to have a go at activities but one this day I had a go at a few things, such as caving. The Brownies had begged me to join them as some were scared and there I found myself crawling through a pitch black tunnel, but we all came out the other side sharing stories and some defeating their fears.

On the same sleepover, another lovely moment I won’t forget is the group of us, 6 Brownies and 2 leaders, having an impromptu singing of ‘Rocking Around the Christmas Tree’, it was just a lovely moment.

The look on the Brownies faces when they saw my fellow leader and I racing to slot all the giant four in a row coins back onto the board was a treat! We just started putting the game away ready for next use and turned it into a race and the Brownies couldn’t believe what they were seeing.

I love any time that the Brownies suggest I have a go, one of the best times I took them up on it was at the ‘Spark’ nationwide event at the roller disco. Not only did I enjoy getting stuck in and having a go on roller skates for the first time in ten years I was also able to help a small Brownie skate for the first time too.

Finding the fun as leaders is essential, I have to remind myself sometimes I am a member of the unit too!

10. Take Some Me-Time

Part 10 of my series on developing great leadership skills based on Girlguiding’s article here:

12 steps to becoming a great leader

“When you’re leading a group, it can be all too easy to burn out – so it’s important to take care of yourself. Practise saying no, and being polite but firm.”

So this is my guilty post.

I’m glad this is on the list though, as it justifies the recent ‘No’ I handed out.

A couple months ago I was asked to consider becoming a Peer Educator Trainer, a local session was going to be run later this year and they were looked for people aged 19-30 to train to become trainers. I loved the idea of passing on my Peer Educator knowledge and a weekend away with similar aged guiding members would be fun so I said I was interested.

Then I received the email with the details of what would be expected and I was not prepared for the amount of time this commitment would take. One weekend to train in London, completing two qualifications, and then being committed to four weekends a year anywhere nationwide, for the next three years.

At first I was excited by the prospect of gaining a preparing to teach qualification. I was considering it, although it was A LOT more than I expected. I was thinking like a day or two to train and then one weekend away later in the year, and maybe one next year! I suppose I was rather naïve, and I do completely understand why Girlguiding would want that big commitment from the people it is putting their money into training.

So I discussed it with James, and talking it through really put it in perspective. One weekend away on top of the two weekends already with the Brownies, plus the occasional volunteering at a big event and many day trips through the year was already difficult for him to hear. And I hate seeing him like that. So another four was unthinkable. And he was right. One weekend every three months, plus my Brownie commitments, plus not knowing how far I would need to travel before being at work at 9am on the Monday after.

This was a time I had to put James, and my own wellbeing, first. I said No.

I have complete respect for any Girlguiding member that takes on this commitment, I had no idea how much goes into becoming a Girlguiding trainer! From what I had previously read online I thought it would be more laid back, it was a role I had thought I would progress into but it is indeed a huge commitment and that would be one thing too many for me right now.

So I’m going to focus on my Brownies, take a few steps towards helping the local Senior Section and make sure I include some me time during each week.

9. Jump right in

Part 9 of my series on developing great leadership skills based on Girlguiding’s article here:

12 steps to becoming a great leader

“To keep young members on their toes, try to give them at least one brand new experience to enjoy each term. It can be as small or as big as you like – whether it’s a fun sports event, a food–tasting session or an international trip – all activities are enriching in their own way.”

This is a thought provoking topic! Are we giving our girls new experiences?

It is a difficult one to judge, what we think may be a new experience for the girls could turn out to be a little run of the mill. When we invited in a yoga teacher for a session, one parent commented how much her daughters enjoy yoga. Plus kids have so many opportunities to try out archery, climbing and pedal karts that a day at an activity centre may nor be as exciting as I would’ve found it.

This won’t be for every girl, but here are some of the experiences we have offered which have been quite unique:

Watching the Paralympic athletics. I cannot say another group will ever have this opportunity with us! In 2012 we took a group of Brownies to watch the events in the stadium, while some may have seen other events that year I think this is the only activity we will never be able to repeat! (Although taking the Brownies to another sporting event could be a good idea.)

Spy night. There was a lot of buzz following this themed evening in our unit. The Brownies and leaders dressed up, everyone had code names (I was Alpha Snake) and the Brownies took on four tasks, including a laser room, to claim the four clues to the whereabouts of their Easter eggs. I think these are the rare activities the Brownies cannot experience elsewhere.

Kidzania. This summer we’re hoping to take the Brownies to this interactive indoor city for kids. I know for some they will have visited before but as Brownies we haven’t, and I know some parents want their girls to go but cannot personally take them. I hope this will be an exciting new activity.

Visiting the Police Station. I think this has been the best unit meeting trip we’ve had. The police officers were so accommodating. The Brownies were very excited to see the  vehicles, handcuffs, cells, and all aspects behind the scenes.

8. Keep up to date

Part 8 of my series on developing great leadership skills based on Girlguiding’s article here:

12 steps to becoming a great leader

“Having the latest information is key to leading well, and keeping your email address up to date on Go! will ensure you receive all Girlguiding communications. These, along with our website, will give you the need–to–know on everything from insurance to events.”

I am not one for social media, but for Brownies our leadership team set up a closed group for the parents to keep more informed. Due to this I technically have a Facebook profile, but I keep it clear of friends as I do not want those distractions. What I do use it for is keeping up to date with all things Girlguiding and some other interests too.

I can spend ages scrolling through my Facebook feed, finding out about events tacking place locally for Brownies, discussions from fellow leaders and taking inspiration from what other units have done. We recently got the paints out and each Brownie painted a mini masterpiece following an idea from Facebook – it was messy fun! It all stemmed from one Brownie saying the stain glass paint set we bought her for Christmas went in the bin because her Mum doesn’t let her get paints out. Well, what is Brownies here for!

It also gives us great ideas for trips. We are very close to being within a neighbouring county, and therefore while we don’t receive direct updates about what they are up to we can find out about trips and events they’re offering through Facebook. We’ve joined a few events at venues much closer than the ones offered in our County, and the Brownies gets some great new experiences.

Keeping the parents informed works so much better with Facebook too. On the morning of each meeting I add a status as to what the Brownies are doing that evening. Then in the days following we add a few photos to show what they did. We also use it to remind of consent forms, due payments and changes to meeting times and venues. Plus we can see who has seen the message!