Xanthan Gum Fun – Slime!

Pinterest is one of my favourite platforms for getting ideas of the sort of play activities to tackle with the Robot.  I’ve seen a lot about slime and I’ve really wanted to give it a go.   It’s week X of my ABC123 challenge this week and I had to reach out to my friends to help me come up with something other than xylophones!  Laura at Adventures with J came up with a fab idea from Epic Fun for Kids that needs Xanthan Gum to make slime.   Decision made this is how we got on…

As with everything I try I like to keep it small incase it goes terrifically wrong.  I don’t like waste so I halved the recipe to the following:

  • 250ml of White Vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon Xanthan gum
  • Food coloring (optional) I went with black as I had this in my cupboard.

RECIPE ALTERATION:  I made it up to probably 2 teaspoons of Xanthan gum to make it thicker.

Whisk up the vinegar, gum and food colouring well.  The Xantham gum stays a little white for a while.  Pop the mixture in the fridge for a few hours and whisk again after and these bits disappear.  Makes a nice slime goop.

Robot touching the black goopy mess

The main drawback to this recipe is the smell, it just smells of vinegar and isn’t very nice.  On the plus side, it is edible so I didn’t have to panic if he ate any.   The recipe idea is used for bubbling slime where you put bicarbonate soda under the slime and watch the bubbles.  I opted not to do this part as I wanted to see the Robots reactions to just the slime and I don’t think he’d notice the bubbles anyway.

Thinking back to the last messy activity – painting in the bath – I decided that I’d try this activity out in the bath.  Error!  The bath plug hole is his favourite thing in the whole world.  He came and touched the slime once and then left it alone.   I put it away for another try later…  I tried it out in the garden and got the same effect, a touch and that was it.

Re:think:  He likes to play with things so I decided to incorporate some toys.  A farm:

Goo in a metal tin with cows and pigs in.

Realistic I know!   I love it when the Robot sees me coming with something in my hands.  He just wants to get straight in but he did a double take this time.  He then proceeded to rescue the farm animals from the tin..

robot pulling the animals out of the goo

He rescued them and tried to eat and lick every animal he pulled out.  I can only think he was trying to clean them.  The problem with this is that the mixture tastes disgusting and every blooming time he pulled an awful face of disgust.  He didn’t learn.

robots face of yuck as he trys the animals

We chucked the animals into the paddling pool for a proper clean and I tried to get the Robot in too but he wanted to crawl all over me instead.  I can only think that was more fun.

What have I learnt from this play activity this week?

  • We’re totally not ready for slime yet.
  • I won’t use a recipe with vinegar in.
  • I’ll wait until he wants to learn science for bi-carb bubbles.
  • My son will really try anything, more than once.
  • I need to buy in some more food colouring, black isn’t appealing, but does look a little like mud.
  • Dave really does tolerate my madness (the mixture was in the fridge a few days).
  • Things beginning with the letter X are hard to come by so you really need to roll with it.
  • I probably will have a tub of Xanthan Gum in my cupboard for a long time.

Please can you give me some tips and inspiration on goop or slime?  Have you tried anything similar?

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Xanthan Gum Fun - Slime

#ABC123 is a challenge I have set myself to complete 26 weeks of posts, every week a different letter of the alphabet.  This week is the letter X for Xantham Gum Fun.

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18 Comments

  1. Oh bless him, that face! It doesn’t sound like a tasty mixture to be honest! My son was never a fan of any kind of sensory activity – at one point he hated walking outside because of the feel of the grass on his feet! He’s got better now though – wondering whether he might like the slime with the bubbles, but on second thought I think I’ll probably just stick to the play doh! Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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