Slime |An Experiment in Elasticity

Welcome to 8th edition of 12 Months of Sensory Dough where 12 KBN Bloggers will bring you their special spin on a popular sensory dough. This month’s feature… SLIMEOur hope is to provide a resource where you can find all things Sensory Dough in one place. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for this month and how I have been waiting for it to come all year! We had so much fun making our slime, that we actually have 2 posts, so be sure to check back tomorrow!

Slime Experiment with Elasticity

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WHAT IS SLIME?

 Simply put, SLIME is… goo, gack, ooze… you name it what you want!

The ingredients can vary widely from recipe to recipe, from traditional to edible recipes.

What is Slime

 

Photo via Amazon

Traditional Slime recipes, have 2 things in common…

1. CLEAR GLUE

and

2. BORAX or STAY-FLO (Liquid Starch)

As you will read from my co-hosts, there are variations and differing opinions as to what SLIME is and how it should behave. Let’s find out more about it!

WHAT SHOULD SLIME LOOK LIKE?

How is Slime Made

According to the SLIME GODDESS, Asia at Fun at Home with Kids, you might describe Slime as

Stretchy

Sticky

and, sometimes, even Edible

If you click through to her recipes you will see that they differ slightly and each react and behave a different way. So we set out to figure out see if we could understand more about slime and the way it behaves.

WHAT EXPERIMENT DID WE DO WITH SLIME?

Okay, I would be lying through my teeth (or keyboard) if I did not tell you I was scared to death to try Slime! I see my friends post pictures all the time and I drool over their images. I mean they just look so pretty and so stretchy, and well, so perfect.

Thanks to some coaching and a great “slime fix” article from my friend Asia at Fun at Home with Kids, I was able to get enough gusto to try out our experiment. We wanted to test the elasticity of Slime! Couldn’t be too hard, right?

Just as in the past we knew we needed to choose only one variable to manipulate, but we weren’t exactly sure what to do. It didn’t take long before the boys came up with a plan, and if you are a regular here… I bet you can guess what we decided to add to our SLIME!

What Stretches Farthest… Plain Slime or Slime With Lego?

Slime Experiment with Lego

Making Our Slime

We decided to go with a classic recipe for our slime, to try to avoid as many mistakes as possible. We knew we needed to make one batch of plain slime to begin. So off we went. 

For our first batch, we used:

2 Bottles of Clear Elmers Glue
7 T of Stay-Flo (liquid starch)
(if you read this awesome article on Slime Fixes, you can’t go wrong with quantities)

Slime Recipe

We had a plan to test several variations to our base recipe but got so excited about our first variation, that we have yet to make the other three. Basically, we planned to make slime and add Legos of varying sizes to see how they effected the elasticity of the slime.

We wanted to start with the smallest LEGO piece and work our way up to whole Legomen (this is still on our list to try).

Want to know more about our making and mixing Slime, check back tomorrow for LEGO SLIME! 

Testing Our Slime Elasticity

Simple Slime Recipe

I don’t know if you have ever made slime, but it is ooey and gooey and extremely fun to play with. Before we go to our stretching and measuring, we had to get in some good ole fashioned sensory play!

Simple Slime Experiment

We squeezed it, we let is drop, we stretched it and we even made huge balls with it! It was a hit for sure!

Stretchy Slime Sensory Play

It didn’t take long before the boys started to notice the way the slime would droop, and stretch with gravity. This was pretty important when we tried to stretch it out…

Stretching Our Slime

Stretching Slime Experiment

The boys started out innocently enough! They made a nice thick tube of slime and were ready to stretch. There was just one problem!

Stretchy Slime Experiment

GRAVITY! The slime was soooooo stretchy and so fast! Before the boys could stretch it across the deck it was falling in the middle. We needed a new plan.

Simple 2 ingredient Slime

Now, we had a plan. We would let gravity help us in our attempts to measure. Now we just needed to get as tall as we could.

Measuring Our Slime Elasticity

Measuring Slime

We measured on standing on the ground, on a chair and finally on the bench! It took both boys working together to stretch and measure. Can you believe the plan Slime recipe stretched almost 7 feet? It was crazy!

Measuring Slime Experiment

Comparing Our Slimes’ Elasticity

Lego Slime Stretching

Immediately after creating our Lego Slime, the boys noticed a difference in the viscosity of the slime! It was much more manageable and easy to stretch without it thinning out and falling on the ground. It was much more “gak like” and the boys liked that!

Lego Slime Stretching Experiment

The boys stretched, pulled, and maneuvered their new slime for quite some time before they finally measured and compared the differences. Would you beieve that we got this slime to stretch over 10 feet! It was pretty insane!

WERE WE SUCCESSFUL AT MAKING SLIME?

We definitely didn’t make as many batches in our experiment as we set out to make; however, I would have to mark this as a success! Thanks to the slime fix article, we really couldn’t go wrong. It really helped us figure out how slime works and what we needed to do if we made a mistake.

LEGO Slime

And that Lego Slime, well that was played with for the next week! They loved it so much! Check back tomorrow for all the cool things they did with it (aside from stretching and measuring! )

NOW FOR THE FUN PART…

 

Slime Dough

Would you call this recipe a success or a fail? Do you have a favorite SLIME recipe or activity that you consider a success or do you have a fail you want to share? We want to see! Link up your posts or post pictures to FacebookInstagramTwitter orGoogle+. Tag your pictures with#ilovesensorydough.

Be sure to check out each blogger, as we will each provide a different take on the dough, some of us with have the BEST recipe ever, while others (probably me) will show you our attempts (both failed and successful)

You can read more about each Co-hosts and more about the Series  or follow along below:

LEMON LIME ADVENTURE~LOOK! WE’RE LEARNING!~GLITTERING MUFFINS~STILL PLAYING SCHOOL~
LITTLE BINS FOR LITTLE HANDS!~NATURAL BEACH LIVING~THE EYES OF A BOY~POWERFUL MOTHERING~
WILDFLOWER RAMBLINGS!~I HEART CRAFTY THINGS~DELIGHTFUL LEARNING ~THE LIFE OF JENNIFER DAWN

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES BEFORE LINKING UP.

  • Share family-friendly posts related to the month’s theme. Feel free to link old or new posts that highlight your favorite recipes for sensory dough. Failures and unsuccessful attempts are welcome.
  • We ask that no posts are linked with copy/paste recipes from other sources. If you use a recipe from another source, please link back to the original recipe.
  • By linking up, you give permission to share your post and one photograph in future posts and through social media channels.
  • Visit 2-3 other posts that others have shared. Discover new ideas and meet new friends!

The linky will remain open all year. On the 12th of each month, all co-hosts will post a new dough with their spin, highlighting at least one post from the month before and pin each post to the 12 Months of Sensory Dough Board.

Follow Dayna :: Lemon Lime Adventures’s board Best of the Best Sensory Dough on Pinterest.

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Be sure to click through and check out the whole series! The link-ups are open ALL YEAR LONG!

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10 thoughts on “Slime |An Experiment in Elasticity”

    1. Lemon Lime Adventures

      You are so sweet! Seriously! Thank you!

    1. Lemon Lime Adventures

      Thank you! We do too! We even made a second batch and played for more!

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