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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Ooooey Gooey Slime

With Halloween fast approaching I have been seeing lots of lovely looking homemade slime posts, but most of the them use borax, which Im not keen on and is hard to get in the UK anyway, or liquid starch, which I can't find anywhere. So I wanted to find a safe way to emulate a lovely slimy sensory material. My hands were too messy to be able to take photos of the making process, so here are some photos of what I made to show you how deliciously slimy and gooey this material is, and Ill share the recipe at the end. 

Putting it through the colander shows how gooey, as opposed to liquid-y it is, it ooooozed through the holes really slowly and dripped down in long lushous ooey gooey strings.
You will notice that there are no photos of my children playing with this. I could not, for love nor money, get them into this sensory play at all! Jake is going through a phase of not wanting to touch anything messy and Poppy is just copying, I think! She liked the idea of it, but wouldn't touch it. I hope your children have more fun than mine! However, I couldn't get enough!


I love how its so gooey that it webs between your fingers when you play with it. Its so gross, but so much fun! 

Even the googly eyes didnt entice my children, tho I did get some interest when I made another batch with glitter, and then turned it into an oozing swamp full of snakes! Stay tuned for that post. 

In the meantime here is the recipe:

- 1 can (397g) of condensed milk
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup of corn flour (UK) / corn starch (USA)
- food colouring or liquid paint
- optional: a big squeeze of fairy liquid / dish soap (it makes it more slimy, but the recipe works great without if you are concerned about the content of dish soap) 

When you mix your ingredients add a bit more of whatever here and there to get your desired consistency. I found that not enough cornstarch made it a bit watery, and too much made it too dough-y; a bit like our Bubble Dough.

I hope you enjoyed this! Let me know if you try the recipe and how it turns out. :)

See you soon, Kat x

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