At least if you’re a kid.
This easy “recipe” makes translucent oozy gooey edible slime that will entertain your kids for hours. This is grand old fun for kids of all ages but especially for toddlers because it’s completely non-toxic. As Mom to two boys, I’ve bought my share of slime at a couple of bucks a pop but never again. I’m thrilled at how much fun this is for just pennies. Great for parties and Halloween too!
The Joy of Slime
What can I do with my slime, you ask? This has such an irresistible consistency. If you smack it it’s solid yet it can slide right through your fingers. You can give slime as a party favor. Put slime in clean baby food jars or small plastic containers as a take home gift after parties. Add beads, glitter or googley eyes for extra fun. Cut it with cookie cutters. Cut it with safety scissors. Make a slimy surprise box for Halloween – make several cups of slime and add small prizes like little plastic animals (and spiders) to the slime. Place it in a box with a hole cut for little hands to reach in a feel around for a prize. Delightfully Eeewwwy!
What You’ll Need:
½ (heaping) tbsp soluble fiber (e.g., Metamucil® psyllium fiber)
1 cup water
Food coloring (optional) Edible
Flavoring extract (optional) Edible
Glow paint or pigment (optional) NOT EDIBLE
Pour the water and fiber into a large microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave your slime on high power for 2 minutes.
Stir the slime with a spoon. Not a whisk, trust me on this. Return it to the microwave and heat it for another 2 - 3 minutes.
Stir the slime and check its consistency. If you want your slime a little denser, microwave the slime another minute or two. Continue checking your slime and microwaving it until you achieve the consistency you like. The more you cook it the thicker it’ll be.
Caution – This gets HOT! Molten lava hot. This is not a project for unsupervised kiddies.
Add a drop of food coloring and/or some glow paint, if desired. Remember not to eat the slime if you use glow paint. You’ll get an interesting effect if you don’t completely mix the coloring into the slime, such as multicolored slime or slime with glowing streaks.
Store your slime in a sealed baggie in the refrigerator to prevent dehydration. The slime will last as long as you keep it from drying out, but please note this is an edible food product and will eventually mold. Even though this slime is not sticky you should use caution around carpets and upholstery and pet fur. Pets and fiber laxatives should not mix.
Do be sure to supervise small children at all times with slime and if you add little goodies like beads and spiders to the slime be aware of choking hazards.
So next time the kiddies get bored whip up a bowl full of o’ slime and be the coolest parent or grandparent on the block.
Frugal Family Fun contributed by Patti Diamond author of Divas On A Dime – Where Frugal, Meets Fabulous! www.divasonadime.com Join us on Facebook at DivasOnADimeDotCom