My relationship with slime has been hit and miss. I tried in vain over the last several years to create slime using American style recipes which contain borax (an irritant which is banned across the EU). Someone discovered you could use a laundry detergent from Aldi which did work, but then my own hands broke out in a rash - and I don't have sensitive skin!
At that point I gave up and the latest round of slime recipes just passed me by, until I was browsing pinterest and talk emerged of using contact lens solution. Below are 5 recipes I tried using this recipe (and one without which is safe for babies!).
SAFETY NOTICE: NONE OF THIS SLIME SHOULD BE MADE OR PLAYED WITH WITHOUT SUPERVISION.
DAY ONE: Autumnal Slime.
I am not one for precise recipes and having looked around for a while I didn't like the various ones I could see. Anna at the imagination tree had one which I had to tinker with to make it right. Though many other people have variations online, I think you just need to play with the ingredients until it works. My measurements aren't exact, but I hope this makes sense:
> Mix 1/2 cup of PVA glue in a bowl with 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda.
> Add a good few squirts of orange acrylic paint (or poster - whichever is to hand).
> Add 1 tablespoon of this contact lens to begin with. Now because I added other ingredients I found I kept having to squirt more contact lens solution in until it formed a non-sticky putty. The contact lens solutuon should contain 'boric acid'.
Add a good sprinkling of ground ginger and cinnamon. PLAY!
DAY TWO - Bonfire Slime
I have always wanted to enrich playdough with a nice smokey smell. Someone recommended burnt toast scraped down but I wanted a smooth texture. Turns out CADE essential oil isn't an irritant and it has a lovely smokey smell. (ENSURE YOU GET 'RECTIFIED' AS THIS IS THE SAFE OIL)
Follow the same recipe as day one but instead of adding orange, add black and then only 5-6 drops of the oil.
You can adjust the amount of oil based on how intense you want the smell.
DAY THREE - Textured slime.
I like to add texture to playdough and now slime as adding an extra sensory element for the children.
Here I used hundreds and thousands (from my Christmas box, yes I have a Christmas box!!). The colours bled out and coloured it.
I followed the same recipe as day one but didn't add any paint, the colour comes directly from the sprinkles.
DAY FOUR- chocolate slime!
I adore a good chocolately smelling... thing! But chocolate slime smells divine!
I use the basic recipe from day one but add FIVE tablespoons of cocoa powder. You might want to add more or less.
IT IS ESSENTIAL YOU DO NOT USE THIS SLIME UNSUPERVISED. IT IS NOT EDIBLE!!
DAY FIVE - SPACE SLIME!
This slime uses the same basic recipe with black paint and then you add glitter. Loads of glitter. Basically all the glitter!!
DAY SIX - Edible Slime.
Ok so this one isn't actually slime.
I used this jelly (click) as a base but I got mine from Home bargains.
I mixed icing sugar, water and jelly into a bowl and added some sprinkles. This made for an edible mixture (if children are particularly oral) and is safe to use with babies. (The jelly is also veggie!)
The longer you leave the mixture the claggier it gets, its fabulous!