Well, it is officially less than a month away from Halloween, which means a few things.
1 – That I’m no longer looked at weird for already having my livingroom decorated.
2 – That ya’ll are finally preparing for your halloween parties, and
3 – It is totally okay for me to buy and eat an entire package of Reeses Pumpkins…. right?
So let’s talk about one of my favorite kiddo projects shall we? Slime. It’s really amazing as project that kids can make and it doubles as a sensory activity. Kids can get messy (I usually have them work sans shirts) and then wash off. Everything in slime is body safe so I don’t worry about it iritating their skin. Glow in the dark slime is also one of my favorite projects for Halloween time! It keeps the kiddos busy, makes an adorable party favor and everyone likes to pretend they’re a mad scientist right?
How to Make Halloween Glow in the Dark Slime
Time: 10 minutes or less
Kid engagement time: 1 hour+
Cost: $2 or less
Fun level: 10
1 bottle Elmers School Glue
Tide Free and Gentle (clear) liquid detergent
Glow in the Dark acrylic paint – either in different colors or clear
Neon Food coloring (optional)
Tablespoon measuring spoon
Mixing spoon or stick
Let me preface this by saying you really… REALLY want to use Elmers Glue. I’ve tried this project with other brands and they turned into a gloopy, weepy, chunky mess. Just stick with Elmers, it got you through school art class, it’ll get you through life. For a clear slime, use clear or glitter glue.
Start by pouring the entire contents of a bottle of glue into the mixing bowl. If you’re making a lot and have this GIANT bottle of glue, it ends up being about 1/2 cup.
Add in glow in the dark paint. If you’re using clear paint, also add a few drops of food coloring to get the desired color. I had some glow colors on hand so that’s what I used.
Pour 2 tbl Tide laundry detergent into your glue mixture and mix together slowly. Once you’ve got a more solid consistency, remove the mixture and kneed it with your hands. If the slime is too sticky, add more detergent a teaspoon at a time.
*** You can use regular tide detergent but the blue color will alter the color of the slime. I used it along with pink glow paint to create purple glow in the dark slime.
And Voila!!! You’ve got glow in the dark slime! Seal in an airtight container, charge under a blacklight and bring it out for some evening fun!
To make the adorable pumpkin containers, I cleaned out some babyfood jars, painstakingly removed the glue, and drew the faces on with sharpie. How cute are these guys as party favors!!!