The slime phenomenon is still going on.
Slime was actually a toy product manufactured by Mattel, sold in a plastic trash can and introduced in the winter of 1976. It consisted of a non-toxic viscous, squishy and oozy green or other color material made primarily from guar gum, a substance made from guar beans that has thickening and stabilizing properties.
However, the slime that we see on our social media timelines is not the same Mattel toy. People love to make DIY slime at home, which is supposedly cheaper than the branded toy. And this toy is apparently suitable for everyone, from kids to adult. Kids play slime as entertainment, while adults squeeze and play with slime as stress reliever.
Unfortunately, most slime recipes use borax as one of its main ingredients. Not long time ago there was an incident where an 11 year old girl was hospitalized for third degree burns on her hands after making a slime recipe using borax. As a result, parents anywhere are concerned about the safety of the ingredients in their kids’ slime. Borax is generally considered safe to handle, but it is not meant to be used carelessly or without supervision. Luckily, it is possible to make slime without borax, or even make the slime edible!
Making and playing slime could be a fun holiday activities with your kids at home. Check out these safe slime recipes you can make at home:
Elmer’s Colored Slime
This recipe is not edible and not appropriate for children under 3 years old.
- ½ tbsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp contact lens solution
- 120 ml Elmer’s White school glue
- Food coloring
- Pour the glue into the bowl
- Add tbsp of baking soda, mix with wooden spoon
- Add your choice of food coloring until you get the color you want
- Add contact lens solution, and mix until slime forms and begins to get harder to mix
- Transfer the slime into a table, and knead with both of your hands- If the slime is too sticky, add ¼ tbsp of contact lens solution
Edible Chocolate Slime
- 14 oz sweetened condenced milk
- 2 tbsp chocolate syrup
- 1 ½ tbsp cornstarch
- In a saucepan over low heat, stir together the milk, chocolate syrup and cornstarch. Stir until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and allow it to cool.
- Your slime is ready! When you’re finished playing with the slime, store it in a Ziploc and put it in a refrigerator for future use.
Gummy Bear Slime
- 1 cup gummy bears
- 2 tbsp icing sugar
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 1 tsp coconut oil (optional)
- Place the gummy bears in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 10-15 seconds. Stir, and reheat as necessary to break down the gummy bear shape.
- Pour icing sugar and cornstarch on the gummy bear bowl, then knead until the gummy bear slime forms slime consistency. The more you add the powdered ingredients, the less sticky the slime will be.
- Add a small amount of coconut oil if the slime is too tough.
- Let your kids squeeze, stretch, and even nibble this gummy bear slime.