Little C loves slime just as much as every other kid does, so for this weeks Try It Tuesday, I thought I’d share both our favorite slime recipe, and how we make epic slime bubbles. This is a must try activity! I’m going to break this tutorial down into two obvious parts. If you haven’t successfully made slime before, and have access to liquid starch, you are in luck, because the first part of this tutorial is a step-by-step slime making tutorial with pictures! If you already have a favorite slime recipe, and are only interested in making epic slime bubbles, you can skip to the second part of the tutorial.
- Liquid starch
- Clear PVA glue (school glue)
- Food coloring
- Glitter (optional)
- A disposable spoon to stir with
- A mixing bowl
- A 1/4 cup measuring cup
- A large serving platter, or other nonstick surface to place your slime bubbles on.
- A hard plastic drinking straw
How to Make Your Slime
- Gather your materials.
- Measure out 1/4 cup of school glue, and pour it into your mixing bowl.
- Add food coloring, and glitter to your glue, and mix it all together. We have also added sequins, and confetti hearts in the past. You can mix in whatever you would like to at this point. I wouldn’t add anything too crazy if you want to blow bubbles with your slime.
- After you mix all your add ins into your glue, fill your 1/4 C. measuring cup half way, and pour that into your glue mixture. Make sure you don’t use a full 1/4 cup of liquid starch, because you will have a hard time mixing it all together! You should do half now, and half later.
- As you stir your liquid starch into your glue, you will start to see it thicken up.
- Once your slime thickens up like the pictures above, you are going to pour it out into your hand. It will look similar to the picture below when you first pour it out of the bowl. Here is where I take over. This is probably where I should have put on gloves as well. My hands were stained blue for the rest of the day! Now you have to squish and knead your slime. You are going to squeeze it, roll it between your hands, and smash it onto a nonstick surface until the slime is no longer slick, and most of the stickiness is gone. It should look similar to the second picture below when you are done working all the liquid starch into the glue.
- At this point, your slime mixture is perfect for stretching and squishing. This is the typical slime consistency that most kids like, but it’s not thick enough for our epic bubbles. I usually play with the slime for a few minutes as is, to let my daughter enjoy how far it stretches. She likes watching the slime stretch, and she enjoys poking it, but she doesn’t like to handle it on her own until we thicken it up, and it becomes less sticky. She loves slime, but isn’t a big fan of it being stuck all over her hands!
- If you want to make bubbles with your slime, you need to add more liquid starch to thicken it up. To do this, you need to fill your 1/4 cup measuring cup halfway again, and pour it into the middle of your slime.
- This is the point where you are really going to have to work hard to get the liquid starch to mix into your slime. You need to rub it between your hands, squish it in your fist, and knead it until you see it become solid again. It is going to look stringy like this for awhile. This is why I mix in my liquid starch in 1/8th increments, instead of mixing the whole 1/4th cup in all at once! You may think you have a slime fail on your hands at this point, but you don’t! You just have to keep vigorously rubbing it, and squishing it between your hands for at least five minutes. It looked like I was trying to start a fire while I was vigorously rubbing the slime between my palms! Eventually, it will look like the pictures below. It will still have a little bit of stretch to it, but it will easily break apart, like the picture below shows.
- This consistency is the perfect consistency for slime bubbles, because the extra thickness makes the bubbles more durable.
- Since the slime is thicker, it’s also not as sticky, which means my daughter can squish, and stretch the slime to her heart’s content without getting as dirty. She had a blast before we even started blowing the bubbles.
How to Make Slime Bubbles
- Take your slime, and pinch off a good size piece of it. I like to start off using half of my slime mixture.
- Grab a hard plastic straw. We use a straw from one of my insulated tumbler cups.
- Mold your slime into a ball, and make sure you get all the air bubbles out of it. Place your slime ball onto the end of your straw and press the edges onto the straw to prevent air from escaping once you start to blow your bubble.
- Hold on to the end of your straw, and grip the edges of your slime. You want to make sure you are holding the slime tightly against the straw, so that no air escapes while you are blowing your bubble.
- It will definetly take a few tries before you get the hang of it. You will have a few blow outs at first. When this happens, just pull the slime off the end of the straw, and squeeze it in your hand a few times until you have squished all the air bubbles out. You will know you have all the air bubbles out, when there are no more popping noises.
- Once you have sucessfully blown a bubble, quickly, and carefully pull it off your straw, and pinch the edges together to close the hole.
- Turn the bubble upside down, and gently place it on a nonstick surface. I used a huge serving platter. Be careful not to let your arm, or anything else touch your bubble as you flip It over.
- Let your child have fun poking, pulling, patting, and demolishing the bubble.
- Once your child has popped the bubble, just pick all of the slime back up, and start over again. Make sure you squeeze out all of the air bubbles before you attempt to blow another bubble!
- The more you play with the slime, and the more bubbles you blow, the easier it gets. Once you get the hang of it, you can add the other half of your slime, and make even bigger bubbles!
- When you are done with your slime for the day, just place it in an air tight container, and you can play with it again the next day!
I hope you will love making slime bubbles as much as we do! If you have any questions, just leave us a comment. We have not tried this with other slime recipies yet, but we will definetly be trying soon.
If you liked this weeks Try It Tuesday activity, be sure to look around, and check out what we’ve shared in previous weeks. Don’t forget to check back next Tuesday to see what we share next week!