Messy Monday: Rainbow Slime

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I’m always in search of a new slime recipe. They always seem to be made of some things that I don’t want The Babe to have extended contact with, like Borax. Many thanks to Blog Me Mom and her edible slime for inspiring this activity.

Psyllium Slime
1 heaping T psyllium
5-8 drops liquid food color

Find a large, microwaveable bowl (a 2 qt. Pyrex bowl worked well). Mix and microwave for 5-8 minutes on high. Do NOT walk away from the microwave!!! Keep an eye on the slime so you don’t have a slime monster take over the inside of your microwave.

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I used Trader Joe’s Secrets of the Psyllium dietary supplement because that’s what I had on hand. (You’ll hear a lot of that in this blog. Experimenting with what you have is a lot cheaper and part of the fun of Engineered Craftiness.) I hear that if you use clear Metamucil, the slime will have a more transparent quality than the slightly grainy stuff we made. The grains did nothing to interfere with The Babe’s fun though, so don’t stress on clear.  The mantra I’m trying to maintain?  Perfect ain’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Getting the slime just right took some trial and error. I tried adding more psyllium and cooking longer but found that cooking it longer worked the best. You’ll know that you’ve cooked it long enough when the slime doesn’t stick to the sides of the bowl when stirred.  It’ll also have a different texture when you stretch it in your hands.  See the pics for what I mean.

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Good slime texture test
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Undercooked slime texture test
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Good slime stirring test
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Undercooked slime stirring test

Let me know in the comments what you think of the Psyllium Slime. I’d love to hear about what you discovered and what your kiddos love to do with the slime.

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