How to make these glow­ing slime crea­tures with your kids

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - Magazine & Pets - By Kris Coron­ado

Give your home a spooky vibe this Hal­loween sea­son by cre­at­ing glow- in- the- dark slime crea­tures. While mak­ing slime is a fun ac­tiv­ity on its own, trans­form­ing it into shapes such as pump­kins, ghosts and bats is a bright ghoul­ish delight.

Sil­i­cone molds, wig­gle eyes, glow- in- thedark glue and other sup­plies are avail­able at crafts stores. This ac­tiv­ity re­quires lit­tle adult help and only 30 min­utes of hands- on time. They’re ready in two days for Hal­loween dec­o­rat­ing.

Sup­plies

3 5- ounce bot­tles of glow- in- the- dark glue ( in dif­fer­ent col­ors)

Medium mix­ing bowl Mea­sur­ing spoons

Bak­ing soda

Ce­real spoon

Saline so­lu­tion ( con­tact lens so­lu­tion) Sil­i­cone mold of Hal­loween shapes Glow- in- the- dark wig­gle eyes Wash­able school glue

Black marker ( per­ma­nent or wash­able)

Re­move the cap from one glue bot­tle and pour all of its con­tents into the medium bowl. Mea­sure 1 tea­spoon of bak­ing soda and add it to the bowl. Mix the glue and bak­ing soda with the ce­real spoon un­til com­bined.

Mea­sure 2 ta­ble­spoons of saline so­lu­tion and add to the bowl. Stir with the spoon un­til it clumps to­gether.

Pick up the gloppy mix­ture and mash it into a ball be­tween your hands. It should feel slimy. If it be­gins to stick to your hands, squirt a lit­tle saline on it.

Ta- da! You’ve made slime. Give it a good stretch or mash to en­joy your cre­ation. When you’re done, pull off a chunk and firmly press it into one of the sil­i­cone mold shapes, fill­ing it com­pletely. Do this again with the rest of the slime.

Re­peat the pre­vi­ous steps twice more with the two other glue col­ors.

Place the mold in a flat spot, near a win­dow, to dry for two days.

Gen­tly take your crea­tures out of the mold, one at a time, push­ing from the bot­tom up. Place each on a ta­ble with the bot­tom side up. ( If you don’t like how one came out, re­mold it by press­ing the bot­tom back in­side

the mold.)

Glue the glow- in- the dark wig­gle eyes on your crea­tures with a small dab of school glue on the back of each eye.

Add a lit­tle de­tail to each crea­ture us­ing the black marker to draw fea­tures or

high­light them.

Bring your ghoul­ish cre­ations to a dark place and watch them glow! When the glow be­gins to fade, recharge them by let­ting them sit in light for a cou­ple of min­utes. ( These crea­tures will even­tu­ally har­den over time, but they’ll still glow.)

Kris Coron­ado/ Wash­ing­ton Post

Bring your ghoul­ish cre­ations to a dark place and watch them glow! When the glow be­gins to fade, recharge them by let­ting them sit in light for a cou­ple of min­utes.

Kris Coron­ado/ Wash­ing­ton Post photos

The sup­plies you will need.

Lit­tle ghosts and pump­kins are easy DIY Hal­loween dec­o­ra­tions.

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