Slime Time!

Make your own glorious goo with a great new book from Dover

Natalie Wright (left) and her fun new book, Slime 101

Q: What’s better than a handful of glorious slippery, icky, goopy slime?

A: Making your own glorious, slippery, icky, goopy slime!

Artist, author, and crafter Natalie Wright is an old hand at crafting and creating. She’s also a big proponent of fun stuff that friends and family can do together. And she’s brought it all together in Slime 101: How to Make Stretchy, Fluffy, Glittery & Colorful Slime!

“Am I a slime pro?” asked Natalie. It seems that the answer is YES! Natalie got into the slime business in a big way when her kids insisted that they make stuff at home after watching some videos on YouTube. “We have to do this!” they said.

Natalie’s rainbow slime

“Yes, it’s messy,” Natalie confirms, “But it’s a family thing. And it’s important to me to find a family activity that all ages can do.” Natalie has four kids ranging in age from 8 to 18, and she discovered that slime hits that sweet spot where everyone wants to get involved. It’s even a hit with one son who with sensory issues who preferred to watch from the sidelines at first and was reluctant to get his hands covered in stuff. “We started him off with a rolling pin,” explains Natalie, “and then he got into it and would touch it and play with it.”

Slime stand!

There’s a lot you can do with slime in the public sphere, like setting up a slime stand in the summertime rather than a lemonade stand. That’s what Natalie and her family did one year. “People went crazy,” she says of the effort. Her family donated the proceeds to a charity after selling approximately 50 jars of slime. Pretty good, considering what lemonade stands usually net on a typical summer day in a typical neighborhood.

The book includes great ways to make slime even more interesting by adding colored powders and sequins. Natalie also recommends googly eyes — which sounds funny and like a great Halloween activity. Pom-poms, colored powders, glitter — the list of things that can be added goes as far as your imagination.

“It’s great to play with stuff that you make,” says Natalie, “I wanted something that’s easy to make and slime perfectly fits the bill. Slime is a miracle toy and has a wow factor.” Natalie recommends pitching slime after about three months of play simply due to the germs it’s likely to pick up after passing from hand to hand. Also, tossing old slime in the trash is a great excuse to make new slime!

Natalie’s book includes a variety of recipes, including oobleck. Oobleck began life in Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss and in a case of life imitating art, is now the name given to a non-Newtonian fluid that you can make yourself. All of the recipes are Borax-free and safe.

“Experiment!” says Natalie, “Don’t worry if it doesn’t seem right at first. It’s foolproof and it’s great silly, fun play.”