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Shaker Slime – 12 Days of Wonder

By Blog Editor Susan Wells

We are featuring Shaker Slime on our second day of wonder. As we march full steam into December, Steve Spangler Science is celebrating the 12 Days of Wonder and highlighting our top 12 science toys and kits that are perfect to put under the tree. As blog editor, social media coordinator and mom of two budding scientists, I will share my review of each product. Steve Spangler Science also found 12 respected, popular mom bloggers to each test and review one of our 12 science gifts. I will include a link to their blogs and their honest reviews of each gift idea at the bottom of this post. Today, Cara Scott from Macaroni Kid shares her review. The kit is also the Deal of the Day. So check our blog every day for the next few weeks to learn all about our 12 Days of Wonder.

Day 2 of the 12 Days of Wonder features the Shaker Slime Kit.

Today only, this kit is our DEAL of the Day for $10.79. Regular price is $17.99.

 

My Review: 

 

I have worked for Steve Spangler Science for over six years. I can safely say I’m familiar with making slime  with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) or Elmer’s Glue and Borax. I understand the science of polymers – they are long strands of molecules that slip around like cooked spaghetti. Add a cross-linker like Borax and it will link all of the strands to make slime. I have made slime during Halloween parties, birthday parties and for science club. It’s always greeted with enthusiasm and excitement.

My children have made slime many times over. They never grow tired of mixing it and then stretching it.

When I took the Be Amazing! Shaker Slime Kit developed by Steve Spangler Science off the shelf, I was confident I could do the review without opening the box. I was wrong.

Although I’ve made slime many, many times, I have never used this specific kit. This kit is the ultimate slime kit for making different slimy recipes and experimenting with a variety of substances. If the child on your list is in fact a child or even a grown child, this slime kit is perfect.

Slime is also perfect for those with special needs with its tactile uses. Even adults like to touch it and play with it. It stretches, it breaks apart and splats on the table.

This kit comes with three bottles of slime mixture and enough cross-linker to make multiple concoctions. It also contains three Shaker Slime cups to mix and store your slime, a wooden stir stick, measuring scoop and measuring cup. You don’t need to add anything to this kit besides your imagination.

Mix up a batch of green slime and then jump over to the clear slime and make it as is or add one of the True Color tablets to make a custom color. Then make rubber slime or half and half slime – two types of slime I had never made before this kit. Even someone experienced in slime mixing found new concoctions and mixtures. We also blew slime bubbles.

My favorite part of all Steve Spangler Science kits and educational toys is the encouragement to take it beyond the directions. This kit comes with eight detailed activities and then sets the scientist off to experiment and discover new recipes and slime mixtures.

 

Blogger Review: 

 

Read the Review from Cara Scott from Lakewood Macaroni Kid >

 

Many thanks to Cara and Macaroni Kid for testing our Shaker Slime Kit. Visit Macaroni Kid for family-kid friendly activities and printables. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

The Secret to Making PVA Slime Lies in Hospital Linens

We have shared many slime recipes over the years – Elmer’s Glue Slime is always a favorite, made with water, glue and Borax. Or Glacier GAK, made to show the movement of glaciers. We at Steve Spangler Science sell gallons upon gallons of Atomic Glowing Slime, Clear Slime and the ever popular Green Slime.

Recently, someone posted the question on our Facebook Fan Page about making slime using a material from the hospital. The secret comes from our PVA or polyvinyl alcohol slime.

Your local hospital has disposable laundry bags made from polyvinyl alcohol. They place laundry that shouldn’t be handled from a hospital bed into the bag, tie it up and drop it in the laundry shoot. The bag goes straight into the washer without being opened. The PVA breaks down in the water and dissolves.

The secret to making PVA slime is to take a hospital laundry bag and blend it with water in a blender. The bag will dissolve and you will get a white, sloppy liquid. Add the Borax and BAM! You have polyvinyl alcohol slime.