Finally, after a lot of searching for a slime recipe that didn’t include Borax (you can’t get it here in the UK) I came across this brilliant post from Fun at Home With Kids which gives a UK alternative to Borax (liquid starch). Not only was I happy to find this recipe I already had everything in the house.
To watch a video of Georiga making this slime recipe check out our Monster Slime recipe with no borax!
This Snow Slime with no Borax added in a little tricky to get right but the Little Tots loved the results (and I did too).
The Little Tots thought the process of it coming together was fascinating and asked me to make more straight away so they could watch again.
EDIT: Due to the ingredients of the Alid Almat Gel changing it no longer works to make slime so I’ve taken it out of this post. However, Lidl’s Formil Biological is a great replacement and we will be doing a new video soon!
You Will Need:
- Formil Biological (from Lidl)
- PVA Glue
- Glitter and snowflake sprinkles (optional)
How to make Borax free slime
Using the instructions from Fun at Home With Kids we mixed together the glue, washing gel and glitter until we reached the desired consistency. The trick is to add the glue first, we did enough to cover the bottom of the bowl and then add a tiny bit of laundry gel at a time as it really quickly comes together.
It did take awhile to get this right but after a few goes, we now have it perfected.
I think this might be our new favourite sensory play. It feels slimy, cold and wet and goes from slipping through your fingers to being able to roll it into a ball. It’s amazing!
The Little Tots poked it, squeezed it, stretched it and moulded it like they do with playdough and it kept them very quiet for nearly an hour and has been back out three days in a row now.
We’ve stored in an airtight container and it’s lasted fine so far. Georgia has even suggested that we make some for presents for people after we made Olaf playdough gifts for Christmas (not sure what parents would think to this!!).
More slime fun
To further extend this activity we may do some of the following:
- Make some more slime in different colours
- Try a different type of slime – Gloop!
- Talk about the texture of slime and write down any new words
- Add some loose parts to the slime to extend the play
Links to the EYFS:
During this activity I was able to observe the following EYO’s with children aged 2 – 4 years old:
- Communication & Language: Focussing attention, listening to others, learning new words.
- Physical Development: Enjoys sensory experiences, makes connections between movement and the marks they make, manipulates materials.
- Personal, social and emotional development: Engages in pretend play, plays with others, initiates play and keeps it going.
- Literacy: mark making.
- Understanding the world: Exploring objects using different approaches, talking about why things happen and how they work.
- Expressive arts and design: describing the texture of things, explores different sensory materials, constructs with a purpose in mind, engages in role play and making up stories.
- Maths: Discussing the shapes they left in the slime and comparing sizes of their slime.