Yes, I am talking about flubber and slime! I have made many variations of these recipes over the years and these are my favourite. There are a few tips when making these recipes.
1) Cover your work space with a plastic table cloth.
2) Wear rubber gloves when mixing. After the colour is mixed in it will be less likely to mark your hands but in the mixing process it is likely to bleed.
3) Decide which parts the kids can participate in depending upon their ages. Older kids may be able to mix while younger ones can have fun watching.
1/2 cup white glue
1/4 cup liquid starch (find it in the laundry aisle)
*Pour glue into a container and add food colour. Add 1 Tbsp. of the liquid starch and mix well. Continue to add starch 1 drop at a time until your mixture works to smooth putty.
This compound will work like Silly Putty and lift pictures off newsprint or comic books.
1/2 Tbsp. baking soda
1 1/2 Tbsp. contact lens solution
6 fl oz clear glue
Glitter or sequins
*Pour the glue into a bowl. Add baking soda and stir. Add contact lens solution and glitter. Mix with a spoon until your slime starts to form. Finish mixing with your hands. If it is too sticky add a few more drops of contact lens solution.
This is so much fun! With my preschool classes I would do the mixing and have them watch. They loved seeing the transformation.
Store both of these in an air tight container. For preschool classes I would divide the goop into plastic zip bags and then seal the top with packing tape. They could squish through the bag, not getting messy, until they got home and Mom could decide if she wanted to take it out or not.
A note about safety:
You must always do your own due diligence when playing with kids to keep them safe. Check with parents about allergies, sensitivities and preferences. Check that all ingredients, in any recipe, especially for goop touching the body are safe for your group of kids. Do not let kids eat the goop. Keep paint away from openings like eyes, ears and noses. Provide lots of wipes to tackle messes.