Disclosure: Discount School Supply sent us the Gold Glitter and Make it Shimmer paint at our request. Our enthusiasm for their glitter is genuine and was not swayed by the free glitter. :) This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.
S and I love glitter. I think that Discount School Supply must have sensed this, because they sent us three POUNDS of gold glitter. We now have enough to last our entire lives, I suspect! ;) I wanted some way to showcase their beautiful glitter, and so we settled on making the MOST GLITTERY slime we'd ever created. Because we love glitter so much, we usually include it in our slime. But this time, we went for total. glitter. saturation.
Our favorite slime recipe is super simple:
1.5 cups Sta Flo Liquid Starch
2 5oz bottles of Elmer's Clear Glue
****UPDATE: Since posting this a handful of people have contacted me and said their slime did not work - after doing a lot of Googling it seems that the only brands that will successfully create the slime are ELMER'S glue and STA FLO starch****
You add those two ingredients to a bowl (this is a great plastic bowl we use frequently for our projects that I bought at the Dollar Tree) and mix. It takes awhile for the slime to get, well, slime-y. There's a long period that lasts several minutes where it's just stringy and gross, and you might feel like you did something wrong - but that's just the way it works. Keep mixing (we like to just use our hands for the mixing) and in a few minutes, it will all gel and look like the finished product. You can add liquid watercolors, food coloring, paint, glitter - really whatever you want to the slime to make it pretty. :) Here S is adding glitter herself, and the Colorations Glitter is slowly dispensing it. You gotta love a glitter container that doesn't dump, right?
Well, we wanted to add some SERIOUS glitter, so I took the lid off and we DUMPED (probably somewhere around a cup of glitter). Isn't is beautiful? Discount School Supply makes plastic glitter (glass, metal, and latex-free!), so it's safer for kids, and I loved that it was square shaped. Usually the glitter we run into is circular - so we enjoyed the deviation from the norm.
See what I mean about the stringy stage? Gross looking, but it will come together in a few more minutes (around 5 or so). We decided to add about a tablespoon of our yellow Liquid Watercolors and about two tablespoons of the Make It Shimmer paint additive that Discount School Supply provided us.
Between the mountain of glitter and the Make It Shine additive, we created some amazing golden slime. It really looked like liquid gold to us!
And like a great slime, it was super streeeeeetchy!
Since we super saturated it, there was a bit of glitter that ended up on our hands as we played and on the table where we were spreading/playing with the slime. We don't mind glitter, so this didn't bother us, but if glitter makes you nervous, we'd recommend adding a small amount or skipping it altogether. :)
In addition to being stretchy, slime is also sticky, as S so willingly demonstrates here.
Sticky, sticky! It does eventually stretch and fall, but it's pretty fun to see it momentarily suspended upside down!
Once S was done mixing the slime and exploring its properties, we brought out the dragons for some small world slime play!
Slime is one of S's favorite mediums for small world play because you can bury guys, get them "stuck", easily position them, etc. It is a very dramatic play medium. :)
You can even make slime bracelets. :)
We were SO pleased with how golden and sparkly our slime turned out. It keeps in a Ziploc bag for weeks, and has been pulled out every single day since we made it. :)
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