Slime

Brilliant, tactile, messy play.

Made with psyllium, this gloop is safe to eat but much more fun to play with.

Snip it, squish it, drop it, cut it, knead it, pull it.

Psyllium husks are used in cooking as a thickener and source of fibre. You can buy a box from Indian supermarkets for a couple of quid and it’ll last you ages. Keep in an airtight container.

What you need:
2 tablespoons psyllium
1 cup water
Food colouring

We made green, red and blue slime.

I had some just gone out of date liquid food colouring to use up and found I needed quite a lot (a couple of teaspoons) to get the colours we ended up with.
Gel paste food colouring will give a more intense colour, and you won’t need as much.

What to do:
Put everything in a large microwaveable bowl and microwave for 5 minutes.
Stir (you’ll see the gloopy consistency here). Be careful, it’s really hot at this stage.
Leave to cool for at least 15 minutes (it becomes more slime like as it cools).
Make sure it’s cooled completely before playing with it.

Thanks to my pal Leo for giving me this recipe.

science / messy play