This is our third post as part of the ‘Counting Down To Christmas’ series with fellow European bloggers. So far we have created a Paper Plate Christmas Tree and a Golf Tee Christmas Tree. This weeks theme is Christmas Recipes. As cooking is not my forte we have opted to share with you a Christmas slime recipe.
Making slime has been on our to do list for some time. However the majority of recipes require Borax, a substance that is difficult to get hold of in the UK. After some research I found Coffee Cup and Crayons Borax Free Slime recipe. The slime contained Metamucil, a fibre supplement brand. I discovered that the equivalent of Metamucil in the UK is Fybogel (affiliate link).
As a result of my horrific pregnancy with Hyperemesis Gravidarum I have several boxes of Fybogel. My medication to reduce the vomiting caused severe constipation so my GP prescribed Fybogel. However, the substance has to be mixed with 150ml of water and taken twice a day. At this stage of my pregnancy I was unable to suck an ice cube without vomiting let alone drink 150ml of liquid so the Fybogel was not used. I never thought the Fybogel would eventually prove useful for a toddler play activity!
To test out the Fybogel slime recipe we first made a non-Christmas version. I mixed three sachets of Fybogel into 400ml of water and poured it into a saucepan. I used a medium heat and stirred the Fybogel continuously for 5-10 minutes. Eventually the mixture started sticking to the spoon. We transferred the slime to a bowl and left it outside to cool.
Beth got stuck into the slime straight away. The slime was fantastic. It didn’t stick to your hands and stayed together as a big clump. Beth loved pushing her hands and fingers into the slime.
Even Adam came over to investigate. After prodding the slime a couple of times he delved in. Adam kept lifting the slime up to watch it drop back down to the plate. The slime was a big hit with both cousins.
I wanted to make Christmas slime as a sensory gift for Adam’s friend. As Adam is Christmas tree mad at the moment we decided to make Christmas tree green slime. We added green food colouring to the Fybogel granules before mixing it with water and puttting it into the saucepan.
When we made our Aliens Love Panta Claus Play Dough I had to add nearly a whole bottle of food colouring in order for the play dough to turn light green. So I asked Rainy Day Mum, Red Ted Art and The Imagination Tree if they could recommend a food colouring which created strong colours. They suggested Wilton Gel Colours (affiliate link). Unfortunately after my previous experiences of food colouring I got a little carried away and added too much green colouring to the Fybogel slime. You need hardly any of the Wilton Gel Colours to get a vibrant colour. As a result we made two batches.
The first batch of Christmas Fybogel Slime we kept in the saucepan on the medium heat for a little longer. This turned the slime hard and we were able to cut a Christmas tree out of the slime!
The slime didn’t mould back together though so we placed it in a bowl and added plastic candy cane and miniature Christmas presents to create a slime sensory bin. After playing in the slime our hands resembled the Incredible Hulk! Less is certainly more when it comes to Wilton Gel Colours!
In the second batch we added silver glitter and plastic candy canes. These were placed in a star shaped plastic container which we will wrap in cellophane for a Christmas present.
* Fybogel (affiliate link) and water
* Saucepan and spoon
* Food colour – we would highly recommend Wilton Gel Colours (affiliate link)
* Glitter (optional)
* Star bowl from Tesco
* Plastic candy canes and miniature presents from PoundLand.
Adam was 2 years and 7 months old.
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