On a recent Saturday, youngsters flocked to the Durham Public Library for some messy fun.
Tables were set up with colored water, measuring cups, mixing bowls, glue and cans of shaving cream in anticipation of Slime Saturday Summer Edition.
The children (kindergarten-age and up) first poured glue into the mixing bowls, then added colored water.
They were then directed to stir until the mixture was all one color. Next came a squirt of shaving cream, followed by Insta Snow that was left over from Christmas.
The final step was adding water with borax mixed into it, and voila – slime.
Happy participants rolled the stuff around in their hands, made balls, pulled it into strings.
One girl made a glove out of it.
And the youngsters were given plastic bags to transport the slime home.
Four-year-old Elena was at Slime Saturday for the first time. Her mother, Alicia Giacco, of Durham, said, “She loves coming to the library, so any time she can come and do fun activities like this is pretty special to her. She likes slime, but her favorite part is making it .. We’ll be back.”
Nine-year-old Sophia Fappiano, of Durham, was another Slime Saturday newbie. “I really like this,” she said. “I liked that I got to make slime and play with it. I’ll make bubbles out of it when I get home.”
Said Sophia’s twin sister, Ella: “I thought this was really, really fun. I’m going to make bubbles, too. I do that by putting the slime on a table, stretching out the corners, counting to three, and flopping it down really fast. There’s just air inside.”
Slime Saturday Summer Edition wraps up Aug. 25. The messy fun takes place from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Registration is requested.
Here’s how to make Soft Snow Slime:
Mix together 1/3 cup of Elmer’s School Glue, 1/3 cup of water, and one drop of blue food coloring. Stir until fully combined. Add shaving cream (about ½ cup) until the glue mixture does not feel sticky to the touch. Stir until fully combined. Measure ¼ cup of water in a measuring cup. Add one teaspoon of Insta Snow, and watch as the snow grows. In another measuring cup add ½ cup of hot water. Add one teaspoon of borax. Stir until you can no longer see the borax. Add the Insta Snow mixture to the glue mixture and stir. Slowly add the borax mixture to the glue/Insta Snow mixture and stir until slime begins to form.