There are many benefits of making slime with your kids. The sensory activity promotes mindfulness, focusing, creativity, independent playtime, refinement of motor skills and can regulate emotions. Playing with slime isn’t just fun for the kids; slime can offer many health benefits for adults as well including therapeutic relief from anxiety, depression and ADHD. Playing with slime utilizes 4 of the 5 senses including touch, hearing, sight and smell that help balance and ground the body.
Creating slime involves the following materials: contact lens solution (that contains boric acid), water, baking soda, Elmer’s white school glue or other PVA glue, food coloring (optional), mixing bowl, measuring cup and a spatula. The recipe for how to make slime with a contact solution is quite simple. First combine 1 cup of PVA glue with ½ cup of water and mix well. Once mixed, add desired food coloring or any embellishments such as glitter. Next, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the mixture, stirring thoroughly. The mixture will be slightly runny. The last step is to add the important chemical reaction of 1 tablespoon of contact lens solution that contains boric acid (and sodium borate). Slowly pour the contact solution into the bowl and stir. The mixture will thicken quickly and as the slime begins to form and separate from the bowl, you can knead the mixture to help with its consistency. If the slime is still a little sticky, add a few drops of contact solution. Take caution with adding too much as the slime can harden. If desired, shaving cream can be added to the slime with a fluffier concoction. The slime can be stored in an airtight container and stored in the refrigerator to keep it from drying out.
At Wichita Vision Institute, our goal is to serve our patients not just with state-of-the-art technology and the latest information about eye care but to also share some lighthearted fun. Learning how to make slime with contact solution is an inexpensive and convenient way to add a little joy to your day with ingredients you likely already have at home. Although there are a variety of ways to create slime, contact lens solution proves to be a great activator due to an important ingredient: boric acid. The borate ion is created in the combination of the contact solution and baking soda. Once the borate ion is formed it reacts with the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) found in the glue. When these two chemicals come together, they form molecules that become long chains that form the slime in what is called an endothermic reaction. The slime is known as a non-Newtonian fluid meaning that it does not qualify as a solid or a liquid, yet its properties can do both. You can pick up slime like a solid, but it will slide easily through your fingers like a liquid.
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