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Another fun idea is to grow a PET TickleMe Plant and watch how the leaves fold and the branches fall down when you Tickle It!!
These are poor instructions. Making ours based on these did not make the correct final product. The glue and water should be well combined before adding the borax/water.
We used these instructions and ours turned out perfectly! It says “mix” which means to combine to form one substance or mass. Thank you to the author for helping us find a fun activity on a snowy day!
cool now i can make it
What is the borax for?
The borax provides the reaction with the glue to make linked polymer chains (aka slime). For example, let’s say the glue is a bucket of chains and a handful of magnets is the borax powder. If you were to pour the chains out of the bucket, it would resemble glue pouring out of a bottle. However, when you add the magnets (borax) to the bucket of chains what will happen?? When you go to pour it out, instead of a stream of chains pouring out, you’d get a clump of chains. I hope that made sense, haha
do I have to use borax
You do. Borax contains a naturally occurring material: sodium tetraborate. This mineral interacts with the glue to turn it into a solid. You can experiment with other types of powdered laundry detergents to see if the results come out different.
You can use other recipes such as Tide and glue (and shaving cream if you want fluffy slime) to make slime. You can use glue and eye contact solution too. There are many recipes out there, not just Borax.
…..but keep in mind that Tide contains both borax and citric acid.
You can use salt too.
how much borax?
This is fun to make and fun to use! The amounts of the ingredients we used are 1/2 cup of glue,6 tablespoons of cold water, 1/4 cup of hot water(not boiling hot),and 1/2 teaspoon of Borax. You mix the glue and COLD water in one bowl and the borax and HOT water in a different bowl.You can put any color food dye into the glue mixture.Then you add the two mixtures together and TA-DA! You have a fun, new way to make the same thing as Gak but maybe a little easier!
Borax is not toxic… it comes from Boron which is an element on the periodic table. It is completely harmless and is often used as a detergent for washing babies clothing because of it’s purity. As with any substance not meant as a food product, care should be taken to ensure children do not consume it, but accidental hand to eye, or hand to mouth contact with Borax is not toxic. Luckily it tastes terrible so if a child accidentally tastes it they will stop immediately and want their mouth washed.
We followed the instructions precisely and ended up with a very watery end product. Result was about one cup of water and one teaspoon of actual gak. I’ve made this using other recipes in the past and it turned out great; expected better from pbskids!!
Hi – I thought I’d add to the discussion. I have 2 kids who both tried this recipe. My son’s worked great and my daughter’s ended up with tons of water. We tried my daughter’s again and found that timing is everything. My son and my daughter’s second try they continuously stirred everything. My daughter’s first try she paused a few times before stirring (waiting for the spoon, etc). You must continuously stir at the beginning to make it work properly.
I’ve done this same recipe to make slim myself but a friend shared with me a disturbing video of a little girl with 2nd and 3rd degree burns from this please be careful.
I’ve seen this story in a number of places but they don’t share how it might have happened. The child was a sleepover so we don’t know who mixed the slime and how much borax was used (I’m guessing way too much)….also the 1 TB borax must be mixed with water-the concentration matters. This is one case in millions though so I would venture there is more at play (no mention of her friend being burned). Why just this child? She made it with her friend. It would seem the burned child’s skin was especially sensitive to perhaps a high concentration or perhaps some weird allergy-the articles never say.
Millions have made this recipe with no problems.
Also, she could have been allergic. Borax is essentially soap (primarily laundry detergent)….great for getting stains out of laundry. Instead of causing fear over a common household item, the parents should have been making sure the child wasn’t allergic to the ingredients first. We’ve used this recipe a lot and all has been fine.
I just made this with my granddaughter-she loved it and was also thrilled it came from PBS! We’ll make more. Such an easy project. After it was done, we found all her dinosaurs and she was busy for quite a while.
what is the glue for.
Is this slime sticky?
It depends on how much borax you add.
What sort of glue do we need please ?
ok so maybe I am just dumb.. but if you double this recipe don’t double the borax .. it will become so hard to work with and not be malleable at all .
I am sad because I ruined a huge batch that I made for my kids
This worked great! My six year old son totally loves it. Thanks!
Do you mix it that much that the borax solution is gone? Like it goes into the slime?
I tried making this with my sister, but for some reason the glue wouldn’t mix with the water and all our tries ended up as huge failures. She was looking forward to it so much and walked off in tears. We might have done it wrong though.
Did you use a glass bowl? I used plastic first and it didn’t do well, but when I used glass, it worked much better
Beat the glue and water mixture with a whisk before adding any borax water. Continue whisking as you gradually add the borax water.