Our kids love any excuse to get messy. In fact they don’t usually even bother to come up with an excuse. It’s usually happening before we have any say in the matter. But if it’s in the pursuit of science then they totally have carte-blanche to create some unholy concoction on the dining room table. That’s why we were keen to get our (safely gloved) hands dirty creating some slime with the Glow-in-the-Dark Slime Factory.
This ‘factory’ is a set of powders, liquids and assorted tools to help create the perfect slime. It also comes with a comprehensive booklet of instructions to guide you through the process of making crazy and colourful slime, all in the name of SCIENCE! The reagents included are all safe to use and include usual household stuff like cornflour, gelatin and food colouring along with some more exotic ingredients (I need more of that glow powder for my own experiments!) The set also contains basic scientific apparatus like pipettes, gloves, straws and a bowl to mix the whole mess up in.
I let our eldest Marshall (9) at the set and worked through some of the experiments with him. On first glance it can be rather overwhelming and it’s probably important to understand that this isn’t intended to produce one type of slime, like those you might buy ready-made. It’s actually a science-focused kit that encourages you to make various different combinations with different properties. The set has the ingredients and instructions to create a number of different creations including wiggly worms, weird doughs and springy slimes.
We initially found this a little complicated. As people going in trying to make one type of slime, it’s not easy to cherry-pick and get the one you want. Instead, this kit is probably best worked through as a series of experiments, especially as some produce substances that can be used in others. We eventually settled on one and worked through the instructions.
We mainly focused on making a ‘non-newtonian’ fluid, something that is both liquid or solid depending on the force expended on it. I also think I may have called this ‘non-eutonian’ about fifty times which is an entirely different thing altogether.
After playing around for literally half an hour with the goop and impressing ourselves with the word ‘homogenous’ we decided to try to add more ingredients. This was admittedly a period where we didn’t exactly follow the book. I would definitely not recommend as much of a fast-and-loose approach to this science kit. Mostly because we discovered that you really need to read the instructions about how much dye to use and also the very important fact that using a huge amount of blue food dye may in fact totally counteract the slime’s ability to glow.
We put a lot of VERY glowy powder into our dark blue slime and it didn’t really work. I have every faith though, that if you follow the instructions properly it would glow like crazy.
Overall Marshall had a great time making the slime and getting himself all gooped up. It’s a great kit for kids who are interested in basic science or chemistry and also a good way to take science that one step outside the classroom and do some observations at home. I’d recommend it for anyone with kids who have a scientific inclination but with a small note of caution that you should definitely read the instructions carefully.
Glow in the Dark Slime Factory is available from The Entertainer.
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