Slimed

June 25, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

This a late entry.  It's been busy last month.  I did this in the end of May!  But here's the post.

For the past 7 years, I've been the "Box Tops 4 Education" coordinator for my children's elementary school.  It's a great program that earns money for doing nothng more than spending a little time clipping "Box Tops".  I've tried several different ideas to encourage participation in this fundraiser over the years and we now earn on average $1200 a year through it.  Not too bad for a school with only about 110 children!  

For the last two years, I've been doing a year long drive with a classroom competition.  Each month, we count the class Box Tops and calculate an average- number of Box Tops per student (total divided by class size).   The class with the most is the monthly winner and gets the roving Box Tops trophy (an old majorette trophy with a Box Top on the tip of the baton).  A bulletin board outside of the cafeteria keeps track of the progress.  When a class reaches certain goals (25BT per student, and so on)the entire class gets a reward.  This year was a fish theme.  We gave out things like goldfish crackers, shark bites, fish tattoos, fish fortunes and fishbowl jello.  The overall yearly winner gets to participate in a special reward with the school watching.  This year was giving our principal a relaxing ocean spa treatment.  

He sat in a reclinng beach chair and some students placed cucumbers over his eyes.  Then the students were instructed to put the bright blue dead sea mask on his face.  The bright blue mask looked great with the green cucumbers!  Next , was a seaweed wrap.  I gave each child a baggie full of bright green slime and they let it stretch out and then applied it to his neck, arms and head.  Each class walked by and see how beautiful they made him.    He was a great sport and the children REALLY enjoyed it.  I gave the class the recipe for the slime.  

It was basically the recipe that I used to make with my children.  They loved making it and it would keep them occupied sitting outside in the shade for hours!  It also keeps well in a baggie for at least 6 weeks. I'm sure your children will enjoy this "Gooey Goo". 

My children and one of their friends helped me make all the slime.  They still enjoyed it!

If you want to make the slime above, use a bottle of Elmer's Clear Gel Glue.  It requires a little more mashing/kneeding together than traditional glue, but looks pretty cool.  I usually make the recipe with an 8 oz bottle of regular glue.It turns out cloudy/milky.  The Clear Glue comes in a 5.6 oz bottle.  The consistency was slightly different but still worked well.  You can dye it whatever color your child wants.

 

Here's the original recipe:

Mix 1 cup Elmer's Glue, 1 cup water and food coloring (about 7 drops) in a bowl, set aside (Mixture A)

Combine 4 tsp Borax and 1 1/3 cup warm water in another bowl (Mixture B)

Pour A into B

Do not mix.  Kneed with your hands until combined and not sticky.  It takes at least 5 minutes or more.  Just keeping kneading the water into the solid.

Store in a baggie when finished.  I would give them a plastic tray to keep it on outside so they don't get rocks or grass in it.  It washes out of clothing well, but I never let it in my house!

Hope you enjoy!  


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