Two years ago I had to come up with a play project revolving around the Letter X. We came up with Xanthan Gum Slime. The Robot was just over one years old and I made it with vinegar, needless to say I think it was a disaster.
Roll on to now and the same challenge is on we’re having a re-match on xanthan gum slime! This time way more successfully. Here’s How..
Xanthan Gum Safe Slime
All you need is
- Xanthan Gum (check the free from section in the supermarket)
- Food colouring
- Warm water
Always having to take things one step further I decided to make 3 colours and smaller quantities. I have used 3 ramekins.
With warm water from the tap I added a drop of food colouring to each dish. Then in one just one teaspoon of Xanthan Gum and mixed it up, quickly decided a second teaspoon was needed.
This picture below see the stages, it takes a bit of mixing to get it all mixed in but it’s worth it.
So for approx 1/4 cup of water I used 2 teaspoons of Xanthan Gum. Please play around with this depending on how much you make.
Once mixed I popped it into the fridge for a little bit while we got ready to play. I don’t think this matters but it could help set it a bit more.
Now it’s time to play. Here’s how we got on.
I took this outside with both my 8 month old and the 3 year old. The ingredients are totally safe to eat so I had no worries with baby CABS taking part. I put down a couple of spoons and a plastic cup just for something to mix with:
At first the Robot got possessive over the slime not wanting to let baby CABS play with the slime. He was too content with keeping clean and spooning the mixtures into the clear plastic tub to see them layer up. I am massively impressed with this slime as it has a nice consistency and doesn’t smell of vinegar!
The Robot is struggling with sharing as it is but with a bit of encouragement he started to let go and started to share and help CABS play with it. He found it hilarious that she wanted to eat it.
Look she eats:
As always with this messy play malarkey I often get involved too to keep the play going a little bit longer. I do love it when the Robot gets enthralled in play so that I can sit back and relax but on this occasion it was a let’s join in from me. I encouraged him to start squashing the slime and really seeing what it could do. I had to put the camera away from this point but I managed a few pictures of us at play:
The clean up process is not one of ease. I filled a bucket with cold water for us to wash our hands with. The Robot who is so used to using the bucket to stick his head in, did just that. It all became a bit of a water and slime fight that any messy play enthusiast can smile at!
The slime doesn’t wash away so easily. We got it on our clothes and it washed up ok in the washing machine but trying to hand wash things it kind of stuck to it but it goes eventually. Again, the ingredients are totally safe to eat and touch so I wasn’t too concerned about having it kicking about.
Once we had finished outside I airlifted the kids straight into the bathroom for a proper wash in the bath, as well as myself. It was a bit chaotic but we had a lot of fun. You don’t need loads to make it go far!
Why don’t you have a go at making your own Xanthan Gum Slime, I am sure you won’t be disappointed.