I remember watching kids get slimed on Nickelodeon while sitting at our kitchen table with our black and white TV (yes, one with two sets of dials, even). I think I saw it at a friends’ house and realized just how colorful that slime was. And while it looked disgusting, it also looked really fun!
Nickelodeon now hosts the Kids Choice Awards that have become quite popular for kids and adults alike. I think it’s because we are still slightly nostalgic for the slime of our childhood.
In honor of the KCA coming up, the girls and I made some scented glow-in-the-dark slime.
You will need liquid starch, clear school glue, glitter (we used glitter with galactic and fun shapes in it), warm water, a highlighter and essential oil (we decided to use peppermint this time, but lavender would be great for a bedtime slime!)
We decided on liquid starch because it’s no borax and it’s already a liquid. However, it was a little hard for us to find in the store. If you think you will be making a lot of slime (it’s kind of addictive), grab larger bottles like these as well as a larger bottle of glue.
You’ll also want a black light if you really want to see it glow in the dark!
To get the best glow, I removed the back of the highlighter with needle-nose pliers and carefully pulled out the absorbent pad which was placed in warm water and allowed to soak for about 15 minutes.
The clear glue makes a less cloudy slime, but the white glue will yield the same slimy results. I had a harder time finding clear glue in stores, but found I could stock up on amazon.
You will find the full “recipe” below, but note that it’s helpful if you can practice a little bit of patience with mixing the ingredients and will yield a stretchier slime.
The slime has a great slimy texture and is fun because you can slowly stretch it apart without it breaking. (However, I don’t recommend getting it on your clothes, furniture or putting it in your hair…it’s still sticky!)
The essential oils can add an additional sensory effect to the slime by adding a nice scent. We decided on a cooling peppermint this time, but next time, I will do lavender for relaxation.
The best part of this slime is taking it into a dark room, closing the door and turning on the black light. My girls thought it was super cool how much it glowed under the black light.
Next time, we will have to pick up other colors of highlighters to see how it changes the slime.
To store the slime, we placed it in a zippered storage bag. This prevented it from drying out and also holding the scent until the next time they were ready to play with it. Surprisingly, it’s fun to play with in the clear bag as well.
The kids had a great time making the slime and also helping me put together a fun video showing just how they made their slime.
- clear school glue (1 bottle-4oz)
- liquid starch (approx ½ cup)
- warm water (1/2 cup)
- highlighter (remove ink portion from the back)
- essential oil
- Allow the ink portion of a highlighter to soak in warm water.
- Pour one bottle of glue into bowl.
- Add warm water to glue and stir to mix.
- Add glitter and 3 drops of essential oil and mix.
- While stirring, slowly pour in liquid starch until desired consistency is achieved.
- Pull, stretch and play with slime with hands.
- Add a black light to a dark room and watch it your scented slime glow.
What kind of slime would you like to make? Do you watch the Kids Choice Awards?