Sunset Slime

I’ve been having a lot of discussions with my daughter about sunsets these days.  She’s fascinated by the colors in the sky and loves to guess what colors will appear as the sun dips below the horizon.  I figured this was a perfect occasion to do some learning through art, and Sunset Slime was born.  We made some small batches of slime and tinted them the colors of the most beautiful sunsets we’ve seen.  Pink and purple, mixed with blue and orange and yellow.  And then let the sunset mixing fun begin!

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Sunset Slime Recipe

  • 1 1/4 cups white school glue
  • 1 1/4 cups liquid starch {affiliate}
  • Food coloring or liquid watercolors

1.  Gather five small containers or bowls (one for each color).  Add 1/4 cup glue to each bowl.

2.  Add one color of food coloring or liquid watercolors to each bowl to desired intensity. We chose purple, pink, orange, yellow and blue to mimic the colors of the sky at sunset.  Mix well.

3.  Pour 1/4 cup liquid starch into each bowl and mix until thick and slimy.  Then knead the slime with your hands and return to the starch mixture for another mixing.  This step is important because it makes sure there’s no unmixed glue hiding in the center of your slime ball.

4.  Slime too slimy?  Rinse it with water (do not pat dry with paper towels like I did!!!).  Slime too sticky?  Mix it with some more starch.

5.  Store the slime in an airtight container or zipper bag for 1-2 months.

Making the Sunset Slime Left Brain Craft Brain

Making a Sunset

To make the sunset, start rolling and stretching the colors and experiment with how the colors combine.  The more you mix, the more subdued they get just like how a sunset fades into night.

sunset slime play left brain craft brainWhy Does the Sky Change Color at Sunset?

The gorgeous colors in the sky are due to a phenomenon called scattering.  As light rays hit air molecules and particles in the atmosphere, the light separates into different wavelengths, each appearing as a different color to the human eye.  During the day, the shorter wavelength blue and violet light dominates, but at sunrise and sunset the distance the sunlight travels is also a factor.

At sunset, the sun is low in the sky, requiring the light to pass through more air as it travels to your eyes.  The shorter wavelength blue and violet light scatters first, leaving the reds, oranges and yellows behind.  Essentially, more air means more molecules, means more scattering, means more colors, means that stunning sunset…  For another artistic way to learn about light defraction, check out my Prism Play and Chalk Art post.

Sunset slime ball Left Brain Craft Brain

This last picture reminded me of Vincent Van Gogh’s painting, The Starry Night.  I think my next post might be all about recreating famous works of art in slime :)

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