We don’t make slime often, so this winter snowflake version today was a real treat for Veronika! I did use borax powder for this particular slime recipe, but there are lots of alternatives (including saline solution or liquid starch) if you’d rather not. Since I knew Veronika would be using craft sticks to play with the material, and not her hands, I felt comfortable about the borax.
To make the slime, combine 1/2 cup white glue and 1/2 cup warm water in a bowl or tray.
Next, add silver glitter: lots! I used large flakes of silver to make it look like snow in the wintry white slime. You could also search for glitter in the shape of actual snowflakes at the craft store! Finally, dissolve 1/4 teaspoon borax powder in 1/2 cup hot water. Add this to the glue mixture and it will seize up instantly.
Our mixture turned out almost like ooblek, running back towards a liquid when we didn’t touch it, but seizing up as soon as we stirred or scooped. Needless to say, Veronika was fascinated. She loved watching me lift up big handfuls of it.
She would stir with her craft stick and then lift it to pull up big globs before watching it dribble back down.
If we touched our two craft sticks together, the mixture was so sticky!
And of course the silver glitter and white color made us think of sparkly snow. If you want, recite your favorite word play or nursery rhyme about snowflakes while your toddler plays and stirs.
Here’s one we like, which you can say as you flutter your fingers like snowflakes.
Softly, softly, falling so,
This is how the snowflakes go.
Pit pit pat,
Down go the raindrops
On my hat.