Credit: Amy Allen | Bangor Metro

If you have kids of just about any age, there’s a good chance you’ve made slime. The slime phenomenon started a while back and kids keep coming back for more — getting more creative each time around. Our little How-To helpers are big slime fans and are sharing some Pro Tips this month on making the stretchiest, snappiest, slimiest slime around.

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There are lots of basic “recipes” out there but after playing with slime for the afternoon, even the grown-ups realized why making slime is so addictive. You can follow a recipe, but you can also just wing it. Adding a little of this and a little of that changes the consistency, the color, the fluffiness and the sparkle-factor, making it an ongoing science experience that’s also a fun toy.

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The basic ingredients are inexpensive and you likely have them all on hand — Elmer’s glue, baking soda, contact solution or liquid starch, and then add-ins like glitter, scented lotion, shaving cream and beads add to the fun. We’ve even figure out how to get slime out of your clothes — use a quick scrub made with baking soda and hot water.

So, next time you’re cooped up in the house with kids on a blustery winter’s day and everyone’s asking, “What can we do?” (four of my least favorite words), get out the glue and slime it up.

Basic Slime Recipe

8 fluid ounces Elmer’s white school glue
1 tablespoon of baking soda
2 tablespoon of contact lens solution
Food coloring

Mix your glue and baking soda in a plastic cup, then add food coloring. Add the contact solution and mix until the slime begins to take form (adding more contact solution if needed to make it less sticky) and knead the mixture on a plate until fully mixed.

Pro Tips from the kid experts

— Contact lens solution is a great activator for your slime, but liquid starch works faster with less need for kneading. A capful of liquid starch is about the right amount for the average batch of slime.

— Add lotion for stretchier slime that clicks and snaps when it breaks. It also makes it smell nice.

— Try puffy paint instead of food coloring — it absorbs better into the slime and doesn’t stain hands.

— Clear or glitter glue makes translucent slime, but tends to make it stickier. Try adding more baking soda and liquid starch or contact solution to adjust the stickiness.

— Beads add a fun texture to your slime and create snappy air bubbles.

— Foam shaving cream makes slime fluffy and less sticky.

This story was originally published in Bangor Metro’s January/February 2019 issue. To subscribe to the magazine, click here.