Happy Birthday, America! A Salute to Slime
All hail the red, white, and blue! When it comes to the Fourth of July, America comes together to celebrate these three colors in a big way. And why not celebrate with a little science? Salute America’s birthday with this patriotic-themed slime!
But why do we applaud the colors of red, white, and blue? It is believed that our country’s colors were actually “borrowed” from Union Jack, the flag of Great Britain. Our founding fathers were simply used to red, white and blue. But over the years, each color began to symbolize a different virtue of America:
Red = hardiness, valor
White = purity, innocence
Blue = vigilance, perseverance, and justice
Interesting! Now, let’s get down to the slimy stuff we all want! To make three different types of Fourth of July slime, you will need:
3 cups of warm tap water, divided
½ cup of white glue
½ cup of clear glue (unless you can source out blue glue)
½ cup of red glitter glue
Measuring cups, spoons, and mixing bowls
Craft sticks to stir
To make the white, confetti slime:
Measure out a ½ cup of white glue.
Pour it into your mixing bowl. You might need a craft stick to move the glue along.
Add a ½ cup of warm tap water. Keep stirring until it is all incorporated.
Now is the time to add your confetti!
Using a ½ cup of warm tap water, mix in ½ teaspoon of Borax. The solution will be cloudy. Small particles at the bottom are okay. *Please note: while the Borax in its diluted state is safe to handle, have an adult measure out and stir the highly concentrated powder for this step.
Slowly add the Borax solution to the glue/water in the mixing bowl. At this point, it’s all about the stirring. Keep the slime moving until it forms a clump. Then begin to mix with your hands.
For the red slime:
If you are lucky enough to find red glitter glue, follow the steps exactly like above. The only difference with clear glue (and this red is considered clear glue) is that you add ¼ teaspoon of Borax to the warm water instead of a ½.
If you can’t find red glitter glue, add 3-4 drops red food coloring and glitter during step 4 from above.
For the blue slime:
Lastly, for the blue slime, use clear glue and blue food coloring for Step 4(unless you can find blue glue). Honestly, the kids delight to watch the food coloring incorporate, so it is a fun step!
Great results! Now it’s time to play!
Happy 4th of July!