Let’s Make Slime!

For this week's Family Friday, we will do a science activity. Using the Physical Science and Engineering Series, students will build their science skills. Students will then have a lab of their own - making slime! Read our step-by-step guide on how you can play this interactive activity with your students at home!

What you need:

  • ½ cup Water
  • ½ cup Clear Elmer’s Glue
  • Food Color
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbsp. Saline Solution
  • Stirring Spoon
  • Mixing Bowl

Step 1

Open up your Footsteps2Brilliance App, and go to Level 3 (Blue). In your library, find the Physical Science and Engineering book series. Read as many books as you like!

Step 2

Mix ½ cup of water and ½ cup of clear glue in a mixing bowl. Mix until smooth.

Ask: Is the water a solid, liquid, or gas? When I mix the glue into the water, does it become a solid, liquid, or gas?

Step 3

Sir in 10+ drops of food color to your water/glue mixture. To create a turquoise color add 10 drops of blue and 7 drops of green food color to the mixing bowl. You can also add glitter at this point.

Ask: Is the food color a solid, liquid, or gas?

Step 4

Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the mixture. It is important to mix thoroughly so that it is not clumpy. 

Ask: Is the baking soda a solid, liquid, or gas? What will happen to the mixture when I add the baking soda?

Step 5

Add 1 Tablespoon of Saline Solution to the mixture. It is important to mix the Saline Solution into the mixture very quickly.

Ask: Is the Saline Solution a solid, liquid, or gas? What happened to the mixture when I added the Saline Solution?   

Step 6

Use your hands to knead the mixture together until it forms a slime consistency (thick, but not solid). The slime should be sticky, but should also hold a shape.

Ask: Is slime a solid, liquid, or both?

Posted in Family Friday, Tie Science into Literacy.

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