I was browsing Pinterest when I came across someone who had made magnetic slime. I thought the boys would love to make their own slime, so I clicked through to find out what I needed to buy.
Unfortunately, the site I landed on was an american one which called for something called Borax. Now we don’t have that here in the UK but I’m quite stubborn, so undeterred I set about finding an alternative.
I happened upon Asia’s blog, Fun At Home with Kids, when I found her fabulous post about glow in the dark baths (we’re doing that later this week; the vitamins required arrived today!)
Anyway, I digress.
In Asia’s post she finds a solution to the Borax issue for those of us in the UK. The solution takes the form of laundry detergent, though not all brands will work. Luckily for me, one of the detergents she mentions specifically is Almat from Aldi – the one we use at home.
What you need:
The complete ‘shopping list’ is …
- 4 tablespoons PVA glue
- 1.5 – 2 tablespoons Almat laundry gel
- 2 teaspoons magnetite
- Several strong neodymium magnets (normal magnets won’t be strong enough)
- A bowl and a spoon
These measures are only approximate. I put approximately 4 tablespoons of glue into the bowl and just added detergent little by little until we reached the required consistency.
I bought ten neodymium magnets and they work well but I wouldn’t advise any less. They aren’t expensive and can be used for other crafts so it’s a great investment. Besides, you want the kids to think
you’re it’s awesome, don’t you?!
First, put the glue into the bowl and mix in a tablespoon or so of laundry gel.
If you’re just after slime, then you’re done!
However … if you want to add some wow you’re going to need the magnets and the magnetite.
It’s so easy – simply mix in a teaspoon, maybe two, of the magnetite. It isn’t easy to get it all mixed in and Rowan and I took it in turns to blend the mixture.
Eventually, it’ll be the same consistency as before but it should be black in colour. What’s more, it should be magnetic!
I would advise here to keep the magnets in some kind of small plastic bag or covering so you’re not forever cleaning them.
We loved making magnetic slime and I was really surprised (and grateful) that the process was so easy.
If you make it too, I’d love for you to come back here and let me know how it went!