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NORTHWOODS COOKS: Kid fun with slime and playdough

Making and playing with slime is a fun activity for children to enjoy at home or at the cabin. For younger children, edible slime is recommended.

Whether hanging out at the cabin or with friends at home, making slime is a popular activity. The first five recipes were submitted by 11-year old Nora Bolton, whose favorite is cloud slime. The first four recipes are suitable for older children.

For younger children, edible gummy bear slime and edible marshmallow slime are safe alternatives.

Kool Aid playdough is another fun recipe. It stays soft for a long time if kept in a sealed container and can also be used to make a fun volcano.

Clear Slime

1 bottle clear glue

1 teaspoon baking soda mixed with 1 teaspoon water

Add contact solution activator until it stops sticking. Stir slowly.

Glossy Slime

1 bottle clear glue

1 bottle white glue

Add contact solution activator until it stops sticking and stir slowly.

Fluffy Slime

1 bottle of white glue

1 cup of shaving cream

Add in contact solution until it stops sticking to the sides of the bowl.

Cloud Slime

Using the fluffy slime recipe above, add in extra contact solution activator. Soak a diaper in water, cut it open, and add the inside of the diaper to the slime.

Edible Gummy Bear Slime

1 package of gummy bears, melted

Add powdered sugar until it becomes less sticky.

Edible marshmallow slime

1 bag mini marshmallows

2 tablespoons coconut oil, plus additional for mixing

1/2 cup cornstarch, plus additional for mixing

1/2 cup icing sugar, plus additional for mixing

Food coloring

At medium heat, add marshmallows and coconut oil to a large pot and mix continuously until melted (mixing in a microwave in a microwave-safe bowl will also work). Once melted, pour marshmallow mix into a mixing bowl and add cornstarch and icing sugar. Coat hands with coconut oil to reduce sticking and mix well with hands. Transfer mixture onto table or counter coated with cornstarch and continue to mix and knead until the "right" slime consistency is reached. It should be stretchable and not sticky. Keep adding cornstarch, icing, sugar and coconut oil until happy with texture. Divide slime into three parts and make each a different color. Knead again to mix the colors. Now it's ready to play with and it's ok to take a bite, too!

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Koolaid Playdough recipe

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

1 env. ( 0.13 oz. to 0.23 oz.) KOOL-AID unsweetened drink mix, any flavor.

2 teaspoons cream of tartar.

1 cup water.

1 tablespoon oil

In a large bowl, add all dry ingredients and mix well (salt, flour, cream of tartar, Kool Aid).

Add the oil and boiling water to the mixture and mix this with a large spoon until it becomes very firm. It should be cool enough to handle after a few minutes of stirring. Lay out some wax paper and flour for the last step. Use your hands and roll it in some more flour if it feels to sticky.

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Playdough Volcano


Pie pan or baking dish

Food coloring


In a pie pan or baking dish with sides, mound playdough into the shape of a volcano or shape playdough around a small glass jar inside the pie plate (this is a great way to use up old playdough). Place about a tablespoon of baking soda and a few drops of red or orange food coloring in the middle of the volcano. When 1/2 cup vinegar is poured on top of the baking soda, it bubbles like lava. The vinegar and baking soda react together to create carbon dioxide, a gas that makes all the bubbly eruptions! Repeat as long as there is space in the pan.

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