hello slime!

the messy artistThis unique textural experience keeps kids enthralled as they discover its special properties. Sometimes acting like a liquid, sometimes like a solid, this mixture of cornstarch and colored water is easy to make and provides open-ended experimentation.

Here is the recipe we use in class at The Messy Artist, and as we note – the mixing requires some elbow grease so it’s best for the adults to do that part. The kids can still help out by measuring, and mixing the food coloring into the water. If you choose to color your slime, you’ll want to do it by coloring the water first, before you add in the cornstarch. If you wait until the cornstarch and water are mixed to add the food coloring, you are in for a lot more of stiff mixing. It does however create a more streaky effect if you do it that way. You can also omit the food coloring and your slime will be the color of cornstarch: white.the messy artist slime recipe

We like to do this activity on trays so kids can enjoy it and keep it contained. It makes the cleanup much easier – we just whisk the whole tray away when it is time to move on to another activity.

slime from cornstarchWe either spoon out some slime onto the tray or put it into small plastic cups before class starts.

Accessories we provide children with include popsicle sticks, plastic spoons, little cups, plastic animals, toy people and/or characters to put in the slime. However, we don’t use all of these at once; maybe just one or two at a time.

messy fun projectWe do always use popsicle sticks, however, as these allow children who are a little tentative about the slime to play with it without having to touch it and get messy. Children love to cover the objects with slime and let it drip.

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Eventually the water slowly evaporates and the slime becomes cornstarch again.  Just add more water to get it back to the consistency you want.

art studio for kids njTo store, first pour off extra water, then keep in an uncovered container.  It will dry out, but you can just add warm colored water and mix, and you’re good to go again.

Happy sliming!






Author: hellokidsart

The Messy Artist is a special place to create art. We offer year-round art classes for children 18 months through adulthood. In addition to art classes from September through June, we offer summer art camp and Drop-In and Play art activities for kids between our regular sessions. Our bright, colorful studio is also the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party! The Messy Artist children’s art center was created and designed by Owner/Director Donna Bernstein, a professional educator and artist. The curriculum is inspired and guided by Donna’s teaching experience and research in child development, as well as her passion for art. At The Messy Artist, art lessons for kids entertain and enrich their brains, bodies, and hearts.

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