How to make Slime

[dropcap1]H[/dropcap1]Here is a recipe for slime. This polymer goo is similar to flubber and just as much fun. Try making both to see how changing the amounts of ingredients can make a huge change in the end produce. Just be sure you don’t dispose of it down your sink or you will plug your drain for sure!

What you need:

  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1.5 tsp. Borax (non-toxic/available by laundry detergents)
  • 2 cups clear glue
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 tsp. liquid watercolor

What to do:

  1. Mix 1 cup hot water and 1.5 tsp. of Borax until dissolved. Set aside.
  2. Mix 2 cups of clear glue and 2 cups of warm water together in a plastic bowl.
  3. Using a metal spoon, slowly pour Borax mixture into the glue mixture while stirring quickly. Stir until the mixture leaves the side of the bowl. Slime will be sticky. Knead the mixture until it is no longer sticky. The more you work with it the easier it will become.

What’s the science?
Slime is an excellent example of a polymer. The word polymer comes from the Greek language from poly “many” and meros “parts”. Polymers are large molecules consisting of repeating identical structural units connected by covalent chemical bonds. Polymers can be naturally occurring or manmade. Manmade polymers are materials like nylon, polyester, and polystyrene. Examples of naturally occurring polymers are proteins in our body like tubulin and actin. These proteins make up microtubules and microfilaments that serve as structural components within our cells.

Storage and Safety Guidelines:
Store Slime in an airtight container for about 3 weeks of use. Slime is non-edible. When you are through with it, discard in a trash container. Do not wash down the drain.

2 replies
  1. sciencegeek
    sciencegeek says:

    I love this site! Great information, and easy to follow. I home school through LVS and this comes in handy. Why see a university ooblek room when you can make your own! Thanks for what you do!

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