Science at Home

At Gateway to Science we encourage visitors to explore science not just in our gallery but at home and other places as well. One of our more popular requests is “How do you make your slime?” We can’t give you our exact recipe, but we can share with you a recipe that is easy and fun for the whole family. You will need 1-8 ounce bottle of Elmer’s Glue (white or clear), 1 teaspoon Borax, warm water and food coloring.
1. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of Borax in 1 Cup of warm water and set aside.
2. Pour the Elmer’s Glue into a separate bowl and add 1/2 cup of water to that glue. Stir together.
3. This step is optional. Add your choice of food coloring. Stir into the water and glue.
4. Add the Borax mixture to the glue mixture and stir. You will see a mass forming in there. You will probably need to use your hands as it gets thicker, plus it’s just fun to get right in there and play with it!
It will be wet and soft at first but you just have to keep kneading it. The moisture will knead out or absorb (just toss any liquid left in the bowl).
Now, have fun!

Gerri, Communications

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