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Oh, the Things You Learn …

on January 22, 2013

Oh, the things you learn through hands-on experimentation!

We’re moving in one week, and school books have been packed away for several days. School these days has been reduced to a bit of online learning (Thank you, and!), a bit of reading, a whole lot of “practical life skills” (packing, cleaning, and playing nicely while Mommy packs and cleans), and whatever “we need to use/do/finish that before we move” activities I happen to find in various nooks and crannies of the apartment.

Today’s find?

One lone packet of powder waiting to be mixed with water and transformed into slime. We’d mixed the first two packets in this 3-packet set several months ago and set the third one aside for later. Unfortunately, the mixing cup and measuring syringe had not made their ways back into the canister, so tonight’s slimy fun was an experiment in every sense of the word.

So what did we learn?

(1) Extra water makes extra slimy slime.

Since we didn’t have the measuring instruments that came with the kit (and since the kit states measurement in terms of 1 1/2 syringes rather than oz. or milliliters), we had to “guess” at an appropriate amount of water. Based on the amount of slime we ended up with, I’m pretty sure we doubled or tripled the amount of water.

(2) Slime gets firmer over time.

It may start out as thin as green gravy, but it will get thicker and firmer. Who cares if it takes 10 minutes to reach optimal texture instead of 3?

(3) Slime can be molded into a variety of shapes. (But don’t expect it to hold its shape!)

(4) Slime can be flattened into a pancake. It should, however, be flattened on a non-porous surface. It does not peel off cotton knit yoga pants particularly well.

(5) And speaking of surfaces, the top of one’s head really is not an ideal work surface. (I should probably be washing Baby Bear’s hair instead of typing up this post.)

(6) The top of someone else’s head is also not an ideal work surface.

(7) Slime can be stretched thin enough to see through.

(8) Slime can also be stretched from the living room all the way to the office and back again! Impressive! (But not a lot of fun to pick out of the carpet.)

(9) Slime can be used to identify one’s body parts.

Baby Bear (touching the slime to her eye): “Eye!”

Mama Bear: Don’t put the slime in your eye!”

Baby Bear (touching the slime to her nose): “Nose!”

Mama Bear: “It doesn’t go in your nose either!”

Repeat for ears, mouth, teeth, hair, etc.

(10) Slime can entertain a 4-year-old for hours. Our slime ball is currently fashioned into a snail shape and is sitting on top of the piano. Little Bear is “playing” a song for it.

… I’ve got to say that I really wasn’t impressed with Alex Mix ‘n Slime the first time we used it. Packet one turned into a rock hard lump surrounded by slightly colored water. As we dumped it in the trash, we realized that we should have added the powder a little at a time while stirring vigorously. Packet two turned out a bit better, but was still more solid than slimy. Tonight’s fun, however, was more than worth what I paid for the kit. It’s starting to look like I’m going to have to pry the stuff out of my children’s hands to get them bathed and ready for bed tonight. At this rate, I might just buy the product again … especially if I happen to find it in a clearance bin again!

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