Monday, July 23, 2012

[Tutorial] Easy DIY Swamp Slime

I don't know if it has to do with the summer or the recent season finale and popularity of Swamp People but there has been a massive spike in sales of my Swamp Party Collection. I created this collection for my son's first birthday and the party was featured on Kara's Party Ideas. The party favors for Jackson's party were push pop containers filled with SLIME! The big kids loved them and so did the parents because it was not toxic, edible (but not very tasty) and it won't stain clothes or hands! It was so easy to make and could be dyed any color to match any party theme. I found lots of instructions and this recipe seemed easiest and required the least amount of cooking. 

You will need:
1 1/2 cups of water
Food coloring - I used green
2 cups of cornstarch

1. Add 1 1/2 cups of water to a small saucepan. Heat until the water is warm but not hot or boiling.

2. Pour 1 cup of the warm water into a bowl. Add 5 to 6 drops of green food coloring until the water is about a shade darker than you want the slime to be. Mix the water well with a spoon.

3. Measure 2 cups of cornstarch. Place it into a separate large-sized bowl.

4. Slowly empty the colored water into the bowl with the cornstarch. Use your fingers to mix the ingredients together. This is a fun activity for kids to do as your little helper. Thoroughly blend the mixture into the consistency of a thick paste.

5. Regulate the consistency of the slime. You can add more cornstarch if the slime is too thin which I did do. Add more warm water from the amount remaining in the pan if the mixture is too thick. Just keep doing this as much as needed to obtain a mixture that is of the right slimy consistency for your needs. You should be able to put your fingers into the mixture easily. When you run your finger along the slime's surface, it should feel dry. 

I placed my slime into push pop containers and put a themed label around the outside. I ended up doubling the recipe to fill 15 push pop containers. You can place your slime in the same or any other air tight container or bag. These make great kid friendly party favors! 

Have fun!

These boy party ideas were also featured on Spaceships and Laser Beams.

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