Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Goop, Slime, ETC

Background, Texture, Pink, Paint  Yesterday, I had fun making slime with some kids.  You might have heard of it as silly putty or goop.  Its a stretchable, bouncing mixture that takes 3 ingredients, two cups, teaspoons and its is tons of fun.

Mix 1/4 tsp of borax in 1 Tbsp of water and mix until the borax is dissolved and add a drop or two of food coloring.  In a separate cup mix 1 Tbsp glue into 1 tblsp of water.  Pour the borax mixture into the glue mixture and stir with a wooden stick till it coagulates.  It makes a nice amount for one person. Once its done, pull out the solid and start playing with it so it turns from sticky to nice and smooth.  E

  It was great watching the kids carefully measure everything.  They loved the way it coagulated so quickly. Once it was made, they bounced it on the table, they stretched it, broke it, folded it, and even discovered it would make copies of pencil or markers.

One person make it into a long roll, dropped it, and swung it around making it become a slender thread.  They noticed some mixtures were softer than the others. One kid even figured out that if you tapped the slime, the sound waves vibrated the material. 

When one of the kids broke it in half, they noticed that it was a smooth break, not rough.  They just kneaded it and they were off playing with it.  In regard to bouncing, the kids noticed it did bounce but not well.  At the end of the time, they wrapped it in plastic wrap to take home. The next morning, she said that it had released gas so the plastic wrap expanded. 

It was lots of fun and really easy to play with.  Try it and enjoy it.  Just be careful discarding the left over.  don't put the remaining borax and the glue solutions down the sink or it might clog it.

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