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I’m incredibly excited to share our first guest blogger post, written by my incredibly awesome friend, Amy! Amy is the Mama behind Confessions of a Momster!

I love all things crafty and creative.  We are known for going over the top in this house when it comes to holidays and crafts.  There is one thing in particular that I’m not into so much, and that’s slime.  So when my youngest daughter decided that she wanted to make slime for Valentine’s Day, my immediate response was no.  I have managed to fend off this fad from taking over my house since the very first experience when she got slime all over her best friend’s comforter.  I was not letting that happen here.  However, while I might not like slime, I do love this kid, so I decided to oblige.  I have to say that the look on her face when I told her we were going to make slime was enough to make it all worth it.

I have zero experience with this stuff but I figured it couldn’t be that hard considering there are 1,765,823 videos on YouTube explaining how to make it.  The one thing I did know, was that I wanted to find a borax free, kid safe recipe.  My Google search, “best kid friendly slime without borax,” lead me to this video, which literally was titled “BEST Kid Friendly Slime! NO Borax.”

It seemed simple enough and so off we went to purchase our supplies.  We already had some food coloring, baking soda, scented oils, and craft sticks at home so we just had to purchase the gallon of white glue, two small bottles of contact solution, fine dust glitter, baby oil, and plastic containers with lids. I got these from Walmart because they come in a pack of 20 and are super inexpensive.

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The Fun Part

Although I succumbed to this whole slime making thing, I wasn’t about to destroy my house in the process so let’s just say it was an organized mess.  We each decided on a color and had our own bowl which we filled with about 4 cups of glue.  We followed the instructions but learned quickly that even though there is a recipe, you really just keep adding stuff until it is the right consistency.

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Once all the slime was made we separated it into the containers and slapped on some stickers that we designed, printed, and punched using a 2” circle craft punch like this one.  I’m not saying that we will be opening a slime factory, but I will admit to having a lot of fun.  Not to mention, I’m pretty sure I earned some cool points with this smiley faced kid.

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Happy Valenslime’s Day!

Supplies:

  • Glue (white or clear)
  • Baking soda
  • Food coloring
  • Baby oil – optional
  • Glitter – fine dust glitter is suggested
  • Scented oils
  • Contact solution
  • Snack cups with lids

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Notes:

  • One gallon of white Elmer’s Glue yielded 40 snack cups of slime filled about ¾ full
  • Each batch of 4 cups glue required approximately 3 tbsp of contact solution
  • We added different color food coloring, glitter, and scented oils to each batch
  • Baby oil was optional but we found that it really helped keep it from being too sticky and, as an added bonus, it smells really good and made our hands soft

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What fun projects do you do with your kids? Comment below and let me know!

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  • Blair villanueva
    January 29, 2019

    Looks so much fun and a great way to make kids active and occupied especially during the breaks. I’ll share this to my friends’ kids.

  • Rimsha
    January 29, 2019

    This looks so much fun! I don’t have any kids but I’ve been a teacher and i know for a fact my students would love an activity like this. Can’t wait to try it out with them!

  • Nancy at Whispered Inspirations
    January 28, 2019

    This is perfect. My daughter wants to bring in “treats” or something fun for her classmates. Totally going to do this! Thanks so much!

  • Ricci
    January 28, 2019

    Now this looks like it would be a lot of fun to make and give! What a great idea!

  • Angela Ricardo Bethea
    January 28, 2019

    Nice idea for kids this Valentines. I am sure they will love creating this one too.

  • David Elliott
    January 28, 2019

    Such a fun thing to do for Valentine’s Day as gifts. We are actually going to be making it at the Library for a Valentine’s Day craft.

  • Swathi
    January 27, 2019

    This is really fun idea, kids will love instead of chocolate and cards they prefer this.

  • Corinne
    January 27, 2019

    Valenslime – OMG how cute! I’m sure all the kids are going to love getting this slime for Valentine’s Day 🙂

  • Kitty
    January 27, 2019

    Wow such a fun idea to do with our little ones for this valentines ???… I am sure my little one would be excited for this ?

  • Catalina
    January 27, 2019

    What an wonderful idea! What kid doesn’t like slime?! This is the perfect craft for a child! Love it!

  • Karen Monica
    January 26, 2019

    This look like so much fun. I love doing crafts and I can teach my little cousins to do this too.

  • Chubskulit Rose
    January 26, 2019

    Now those will be fun for all that will receive it. Slime is such a big hit with kids.

  • Lynndee
    January 26, 2019

    My niece just showed me the slime that she made the other day. That is definitely a fun idea for Valentine’s Day.

  • Lisa M Grant
    January 26, 2019

    This looks like so much fun!

  • Terri Steffes
    January 26, 2019

    I have seen a lot of cute ideas in my 25 years as an educator, but this is the cutest one I have ever seen! How fun!

  • Beth
    January 26, 2019

    This is such a great idea. Most kids love slime and I think they would be delighted to get some for Valentine’s Day. I’m a huge fan of your labels too.

  • Rosemary
    January 26, 2019

    Fun activity for kids. It’s interesting how much kids love slime. Good for you for making it in an organized manner or “mess” as you put it. The kids look happy!

  • Kathy
    January 26, 2019

    What an awesome idea. So many kids love slime too. My kids play with it all the time. This would be great for handing out at school.

  • Dalene Ekirapa
    January 26, 2019

    Super mom indeed! It can be so fun to do projects with kids and you did make such nice valenslime.

  • Estelle
    January 26, 2019

    This looks like so much fun to make. My daughter loves slime, and I think would love to have a slime making party like this one. I like when you add the glitter and food coloring–you can be really creative with how it looks. I also prefer contact lens solution to using Borax, which can be dangerous.

  • Adriana Lopez
    January 26, 2019

    How fun is this perfect idea for a valentines day activity with the children I bet it was a big success.

  • Bindu Thomas
    January 25, 2019

    This is such a good idea for valentine’s day. Who doesn’t like slime! The colors are awesome.

  • Ola @ WanderWithOla
    January 25, 2019

    Oh wow, what a fun idea! Lots of kids are obsessed with slime and doing this DIY project with your children looks like a really fun thing to do! I love the colours that you chose. You are really creative!

  • Gervin Khan
    January 25, 2019

    Awesome activity to have with our kids, while having fun we get to have quality time with them. Great idea and your kids really love it, it says in there smile. It’s definitely a blast for them.

  • Brandy
    January 25, 2019

    Those are super cute and slime is still so popular. Great idea to share with us, just in time to make them for Valentine’s Day too.

  • Pam Wattenbarger
    January 25, 2019

    So many kids that I know are obsessed with slime. This is such a neat little Valentine’s idea.

  • Sarah Bailey
    January 25, 2019

    Who doesn’t LOVE slime, what a fun idea as something to make and do with kids and pass out around Valentine’s!

  • Latte Lindsay
    January 25, 2019

    I can never get the slime to work properly for some reason. But these look like fun little pots to make with the little ones 🙂

  • Tamara | This Mom's Delight
    January 25, 2019

    I love the play on words. These will make a perfect addition to our fun plans for Valentine’s day with the homeschool group.

  • Amanda Yorton
    January 25, 2019

    What a fun “no candy” Valentine’s day idea for kids! I know my 2 kids would love to make slim and give it to their friends!

  • Melanie
    January 25, 2019

    My nieces are slime obsessed!! This is perfect!

  • TheVirginiaNymph
    January 25, 2019

    This is a great hands on craft for the upcoming holiday. I’m always a fan of any alternative to giving yet another hunk or handful of candy to children.

  • Genny Gall (Whatsupdearie)
    January 25, 2019

    This one project is an excellent idea for a party. I think a little messy but worthy, that’s what they like. Doesn’t it?

  • Amanda
    January 25, 2019

    This is such a cute gift to do with the kids!

  • Joan
    January 25, 2019

    Reading this made me smile, such a great idea I just wish my boy would agree to this. Unfortunately he hates anything slimy and even gags at snails.

  • Melanie
    January 25, 2019

    I have four kids, and one of them is obsessed with slime. All that he asked for at Christmas was slime!

  • Gisele
    January 25, 2019

    This look like a good alternative from giving candy for Valentines.

  • candy
    January 25, 2019

    That is a bunch of slime you all made. Our school doesn’t allow the kids to make and bring something like this to give away at school. Some new school rule because one parent didn’t like the idea.

  • Alli Smith
    January 25, 2019

    This is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for my grandkids. I need to have a slime-making sleepover with the grands and make these for them and their friends. So cute!!! I’m bookmarking this one.

  • Jeanette
    January 25, 2019

    Now that is a great idea for a Valentines gift! That is the hottest thing right now! I know my kiddo LOVE this stuff! I think we will be doing this for Valentines!

  • Amber Myers
    January 25, 2019

    What a fun idea! My daughter is all about making slime, so I can see her wanting to do this. I like all the different colors.

  • Sundeep
    January 25, 2019

    My niece would love this project. She love this homemade slime. Looks like so much fun

  • Brittany
    January 25, 2019

    How fun! Slime is always a good time. What a cute idea for Valentines day!!!

  • Alexandra
    January 24, 2019

    This is such a cool idea! I don’t have kids, but I would love to do something like this with them if I did. I will share this post with some of my friends who do 🙂

  • Jennifer Van Huss
    February 21, 2018

    My kids love making slime!! Its so easy and so much fun! This is a great idea for Valentine’s day!! Perfect for classrooms with many allergies!

  • Bethel
    February 17, 2018

    Awww your kids are adorable!! I think any project made together with those kids would be so much fun! 🙂

  • Sara Welch
    February 16, 2018

    That is a really cool Valentine idea! That slime is so much fun to make.

  • Carol Cassara
    February 16, 2018

    Slime is so huge right now with the kids and I think it’s awesome that you had this little slime making party at home. It’s really fun, it keeps them entertained, and it’s a great way to spend some time with them too! Love it.

  • Joely Smith
    February 15, 2018

    What a great idea and good sport mom for giving it a go! We made this when my kids were small but it was not all the rage it is now!

  • Sue Reddel
    February 15, 2018

    My niece would just love doing this project. I could really see her getting into this and sharing the finished product with her friends.

  • Lisa Favre
    February 15, 2018

    Yes! Love how you called it Valenslime. Such a cute play on words and super creative that you made it in different colors.

  • Pam
    February 15, 2018

    This is such a unique Valentine’s idea. I bet it was a hit with all the kids in the class who got these.

  • Saidah Washington
    February 15, 2018

    I love the sound of slime. My daughter watches satisfying videos on Instagram about slime all the time.

  • Heather
    February 15, 2018

    You know I’m not partial to slime either…but if it were between this and candy that rots your teeth, bring on the slime! I was excited to see some of my kids’ valentines yesterday had pencils and erasers and someone’s dad sent a fidget spinner to everyone in class….that was even better than candy for me. Nothing wrong with candy every now and then, but I feel its just overboard between Halloween, Christmas and V-day. There’s just too much of that going on!

  • Sarah Honey
    February 15, 2018

    This is such a cute Valentines idea! Love the idea of making slime and giving it as a Valentine instead of giving candy!

  • Emily
    February 15, 2018

    This is such a cute idea! My kids made rice krispie treats for their friends on Valentines day, they would have loved to make this though! These would be amazing birthday goodies for the kids coming to the party.

  • Jeanette
    February 15, 2018

    I host a Joy School at my house once a week. This would be a perfect idea to make with the kids. I’m pinning this for sure! Thanks for the great idea!

  • Amber Myers
    February 15, 2018

    This is such a great idea! My daughter is all about slime. She makes it all the time and trades slimes with her friends.

  • Leah
    February 15, 2018

    This is such a cute idea! With how much my daughter loves slime, I am shocked she didn’t want to do something like this for her class!

  • Kathy Myers
    February 15, 2018

    This is such a cute idea. I love doing crafts with my three grandsons, they would love making this.

  • candy
    February 15, 2018

    You are one of those super moms who put all the rest of us to shame. I would make this and have with my kids. Never would have thought to make it for tons of kids for valentines day.

  • Robin Rue
    February 15, 2018

    So fun! my boys love making homemade slime (or oobleck as they call it). We make it a lot around our house.

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