Welcome to my new sporadic series where I review and recommend products that we like. Sometimes these products are given to us to review and sometimes we just love something so much we have to tell you about it. This first installment is a review of The Slime Book by Stacey Garska Rodriguez (TheSoccerMomBlog) & Jennifer Tammy Grossi (SugarSpiceandGlitter). I was sent a complimentary book in review for an honest review.
I was very excited when The Slime Book arrived in my mailbox. My son LOVES slime. He is always asking to make it. Usually, we used slime making kits from Target or Michaels, but I don’t always have one handy, so then I have to search Pinterest for a recipe. Have you ever tried doing that? Searching Pinterest for a good slime recipe? It’s almost impossible. Thousands of pins come up when you enter slime into the search bar. But, most of those are sloppy You-Tube videos where you have to rewind the video a dozen times to get the ingredients and measurements. Or they are poorly written instructions with vague or no measurements and missing key steps.
My slime always fails. I don’t know why, but I am hopeless with slime. I can follow those Pinterest instructions exactly but still end up with a sloppy soupy mess that is more wet than slimy. With a kit, I can do it, but not on my own. Am I the only one?
So, I was hoping this book would help me up my slime game. The book is very colorful with over 40 slime recipes, most of which have photos of the end product. All the recipes list all of the ingredients, with measurements and have step-by-step instructions. The book is divided into four sections: Classic Slimes, Holiday Slimes, Edible Slimes, and Unique Slimes. The Edible Slimes are awesome for the under 3 crowd.
I loved that there are so many different types of slime. Not just the glue and borax/contact solution concoctions that dominate Pinterest and Google (though there are plenty of those, of course). Rodriguez and Grossi use lots of different ingredients for their slimes, including marshmallows, Metamucil, and shaving cream. I kind of with they had an index in the back so you could search for a slime by ingredients, but the book is short enough that searching doesn’t take too long.
Today was gloomy and misty and my son is getting over a cold, so it was a perfect slime day. I gathered ingredients to try three of the slimes. I had success with the first, moderate success with the second, and a complete fail for the third.
Slime #1: Noisy Slime
My son really wanted to make this one. He kept trying to guess what kind of sound it would make. This recipe called for glue, shaving cream, Borax, contact solution, and water. We added green food coloring, too. I didn’t have enough glue to do a full batch, so I decided to divide it in half.
Tip #1: The first time you do a slime recipe, do it as written. Don’t reduce the quantity or substitute ingredients until you’ve made it the recommended way at least once.
We had fun mixing everything up, but the ingredients didn’t seem to come together quite right. The instructions said to mix until it comes away from the sides of the bowl in a ball. Ours never really did that. I thought we had another fail on our hands. Turns out, I was just impatient. We set the slime aside and went on to our next attempt. When we came back to it, the solution had dried out a little so it was a solid slime instead of the wet goop we started with. And it made noise! A cracking popping sound to be exact. I was expecting farting noises. My son guessed that it would pop and he was right!
Slime #2: Apple Pie Slime
This was under Holiday Slimes for Fall. We had all the ingredients on hand, so I decided to give it a try. It sounded straight forward enough, so I decided to give it a go. This is an edible slime and consisted of sweetened condensed milk, cornstarch, and seasonings. Warning: This recipe requires the ingredients to be cooked on the stove, so it is not for little people to do by themselves.
This wasn’t a complete failure, but we ended up with more of a playdough than a slime. It was probably my fault. I think I didn’t cook the condensed milk long enough and then had to add more cornstarch to compensate. This resulted in a dry dough once everything cooled off. Not terrible, it still works well as a playdough, so not considering this one a complete fail. I will definitely try it again (when my son isn’t up my butt), and see if I get better results.
Tip #2: Slime that needs to be cooked should be done when the kids aren’t around. These recipes usually require 5-10 minutes of cooking and then need to cool completely before using. Way too much waiting for the average kid. Do them while the kids are at school or sleeping. It will be a fun surprise.
By the way, it tastes awesome. I used cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger in mine and it tastes like gingerbread cookie dough. Yum!
Slime #3: Mermaid Slime
This was a complete fail for us. It was the simplest recipe in the book, only two ingredients (plus food coloring). It required some cooking in the microwave and lots of stirring. It sounded perfect. I was going to add candy corn to it when it was all cool and do an awesome Halloween inspired slime.
Yeah, that didn’t happen. This one just didn’t work for us. I mixed everything, whisked it until it was frothy. Then, I popped it in the microwave for the required 5 minutes. It went in looking like uncooked Jello. It came out look like uncooked Jello. Fail.
It may have been because the fiber supplement that I used wasn’t exactly right. The recipe calls for Metamucil or psyllium husk. The fiber I used was made from corn, so perhaps that was the problem. I will have to try again with psyllium husk and see if the results improve.
Tip #3: Make sure you have the exact ingredients listed in the recipe. Slight changes in brand could have mean the difference between a success and a flop.
I would definitely recommend this book for those of you who are slime challenged (like myself). I love having all of these recipes in one book, instead of spending forever on the internet trying to track down the right one. The pictures are colorful and the instructions are clearly written. We will enjoy testing out more of these fun slimes in the months to come. It’s perfect for rainy days, play dates, and STEM play.