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Published February 3rd 2018
The key ingredient for slime making fun - it's glue
Glue! It's the key ingredient for making DIY slime and a staple on our weekly shopping list. Amazingly we seem to go through a lot of it. My daughter loves to make the oozy, coloured, gooey stuff and she makes many batches, I know this due to my diminishing supply of food containers.

How to make slime
Oozy, gooey slime

While not following a particular recipe she has perfected her technique, it is easy to make and the end result works. Books and YouTube videos show keen slimers how to make it step-by-step but getting creative and making your own version proves just as entertaining. What colour to make it? What bits to put in it? The options are many. Popular additions have been small beads, glitter, nail decals, sequins and I even found her unzipping the bean bag to access the polystyrene balls, which could have ended in a horrible big mess for my lounge room floor.

How to make slime with Elmer's Glue
Glittery and colourful slime

So what do you need? Elmer's Glue is the glue of choice, the best and therefore most sought after, making availability a little scarce for a while but as the trend has grown so has the supply. The glue comes in white, clear and coloured already containing glitter. Regular PVA glue works just as well and she also uses foaming shaving cream, Borax (bonding agent), foaming hand soap (makes it fluffier and smell nice), baby oil (to make it less sticky) and food colouring.

So where can you get it? How big you want your finished slime obviously depends on the quantity of ingredients used, so stock up! Fortunately due to this popular past-time and to the relief of the shopping adults, Elmer's Glue is getting easier to find and can be purchased from Woolworths and Spotlight. It's regularly in stock. Relief, no disappointments. Or for those looking for a complete kit containing all the essentials, Elmer's Everyday Slime Starter Kit, Elmer's Galaxy Slime and other Elmer's Kits are available from Woolworths, Spotlight, Target and Amazon starting from $20 per kit. Craft shops such as Riot stock PVA glue including all the sparkly extras to put in it.

Slime making and Elmer's Glue
Four types of Elmer's Glue

How to make it! Start by squeezing Elmer's glue into a bowl (approx 1 bottle for a larger slime), add some shaving foam (1/2 to 1 cup), add a few drops of food colouring, mix in a few drops of baby oil, add Borax solution a teaspoon at a time until the mixture forms a clump then once resembling slime and is kneadable add some handwash for more fluff and a nice scent.

How to make slime
Fun to play with

For the adults, after observing numerous slime making sessions, insist your slimers use a glass bowl and metal spoon to avoid staining and for kneading, a plastic cutting board or plastic sheet of some sort to protect table and bench tops.

As for storing the slime, always make sure you have a well sealing container to keep the finished creation in. As a fellow mum recently experienced after a slime making session, the rather vivid blue slime, due to a heavy hand with the food colouring, was later found oozing through her handbag due to an ill-fitting lid. Not good!

How to make slime with Elmer's Glue
Tight fitting lids are a must!

I do love this current obsession. It allows creativity, gets them off the devices (if creating own recipes) and it's social and fun with slime making get togethers. And for me, thankful to the retailers for keeping up their stock of Elmer's Glue.
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Why? To source the best glue to make the best slime.
Where: Craft stores
Cost: $6 and upwards
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