Slime, a plastic toy that children loved – awarded her the obligatory title of ‘toy of the year 2018’. But what really is slime? What is it for and how to use it in fun? You will learn everything from the article below!
What is slime?
Slime is a homemade plastic mass of various colors, texture and structure. The craze appeared in 2016.
You can make it yourself at home, but you need special materials. you have to experiment before you get them satisfying results and have shown great patience and enthusiasm to master the art of doing them. Then you can play with pleasure, discovering more ways to create slimes, because they can be made of both two or several ingredients to create different types of slime.
Why is it worth making a slime mass?
- It’s creative – children can play with it in a lot of ways (including their own), constantly inventing new ones
- It develops a sense of touch by squeezing, crushing, rolling and much more
- It teaches patience and focus on a specific task – in this case, making a toy
- Teaches teamwork – children often play slime in pairs or groups of several people
- It allows children to realize their own ideas: children can choose and combine colors, additions and fragrances according to an individual design
How to make a slime safely?
Slime can be a fun and creative hobby as long as we follow a few rules. Here are the most important:
- at the beginning of science, it is worth supervising children’s experiments and controlling their enthusiasm
- do not use products that your children may be allergic to (chemical reactions occur when the ingredients are combined)
- slimes are not fun for very young children (risk of material getting into the eyes or eating, although you’ll be surprised, but there are edible slimes e.g. from food foam)
- slimes are stored in sealed boxes and it is worth keeping them out of the reach of small children and animals; you can also sign them so that they do not go wrong with food
- it is worth sacrificing the kneading cups and use them only for slimes
- be careful not to soil your clothes and stick your hair, although slimes can be washed off with water or scraped off
- slimes must be stored at room temperature; we do not freeze or heat them
- after making the slime, you need to thoroughly wash the hands, dishes and countertop on which it is made
- When kneading the mass, slime sticks to the skin. We will avoid this if we dynamically change it from hand to hand. Leaving it for longer causes it to spread and stick.
- When the slime is sticky, just add a little activator or cornstarch and knead again.
- When it is hard, dry or not flexible enough, you need to add some thick emulsion to your body or immerse it in warm water for 30 seconds.
- When the foam balls fall out of the slime, we add a little glue and an activator.
- Due to the fact that the amount of activator affects the consistency of the slime, we must control its addition depending on what effect we want to achieve.
- We store each slime in an airtight container at room temperature.