COVID-19 has changed how we live and how we work, it has also changed how we parent. As parents have been thrown into the unknown as schools are closed or parents take their kids out over fears of bringing the virus home.
My wife and I have two children; a five-year-old boy and a one-and-a-half-year-old girl. Keeping our active son entertained during moments of quarantine has been very challenging, to put it mildly.
One thing our son loves to do is make slime. It’s one of those simple things that kids love and the slime itself once made will keep them entertained for days.
The basics of slime are simple: glue and borax, with some water and food colouring mixed in.
In terms of glue, you want a PVA based glue and one of the best and perhaps easily accessible glues is Elmer’s School Glue. Office Works has a 3.8l bottle of it for $30 here.
- Pour in about 120 millilitres of the glue into a bowl. If you are using the small bottle of Elmer’s glue (the squeezable kind, it’s about this much)
- Pour in 120 millilitres of warm water. If you want to add some drops of food dye, add them in here.
- Mix 1 teaspoon of Borax with 1/2 cup of warm water and dissolve. Pour it into the glue.
Mix it all together thoroughly and you should see the slime start to form. That’s it. It’s simple and effective, the kids love it and it’s not overly messy either.