Instant snow isn’t just for winter activities! It’s now an AWESOME mix-in for any of our base slime recipes. We are going to show you how to make our cloud slime with instant snow the kids will go crazy for! Homemade slime is all about experimenting with basic slime recipes and coming up with new slime creations. The best slime recipes with the best slime ingredients equals the most satisfying slime making experience.
EASY CLOUD SLIME WITH INSTANT SNOW
How many different mix-ins have you tried with our basic slime recipes? From gold leaf to crunchy beads to soft clay to chalkboard paint and now instant snow, there are a gazillion ways to make super cool and satisfying slime recipes with the kiddos. This new slime recipe will be sure to please!
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HOW TO MAKE CLOUD SLIME
The base for this cloud slime uses one of our most basic slime recipes which is Elmers glue and liquid starch along with our special ingredient.
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CLOUD SLIME INGREDIENTS
This quantity makes a single batch. If you want to make a larger amount of slime you can easily double or triple the recipe.
1/2 cup of Elmer’s White Washable School Glue
1/4-1/2 cup of Liquid Starch such as Sta Flo Brand
Instant Snow (whichever brand you can find!)
DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING CLOUD SLIME
STEP 1: Add 1/2 cup of Elmers White Washable School Glue to your bowl (add food coloring now or when you make the snow).
STEP 2: Slowly mix in 1/4 cup of liquid starch and stir until slime forms.
Add in your slime activator, the liquid starch, to complete the chemical reaction to make slime. Add the activator slowly. For a single batch of slime 1/4 cup does the trick, but if you think it’s still too sticky, continue to add a few drops at a time until you find the consistency you want.
If your liquid starch slime still feels too sticky, you need more starch. Be careful, and add just a little at a time until you get the consistency you want. If you add too much liquid starch your slime will become stiff and rubbery. You can always add, but you can’t take away.
The first time you make slime usually needs some experimentation to find the slimy consistency that’s right for you. Slime making can be a bit like goldilocks finding the right bed or the right porridge. Some kids like it messier and some kids like it firmer.
Note: liquid starch slime may appear stringy at first but give it a few minutes!
STEP 3: Make your instant snow by following the instructions on the package (see below). Add food coloring if desired to the water.
STEP 4: Add about 1/2 cup of instant snow to your base slime and enjoy the satisfying mix!
DIY INSTANT SNOW FOR CLOUD SLIME!
Now it’s time to make your instant snow! Since brands may vary in instructions, follow what’s written on your container. Making instant snow is crazy cool so make sure the kids get to see the process. I guarantee it will create quite a stir!
Add food coloring for fun colors!
Instant snow is fun to play with all by itself, and is all cool science. Take a few minutes and enjoy the snow before mixing it into your cloud slime!
Now for the fun part of slime recipe and the most satisfying part too! It’s time for you to add the instant snow to your slime! Go ahead and add a few handfuls. I usually stick with about a 1/2 a cup, but that’s up to you.
My son has enjoyed adding more and more until we have a crazy thick cloud dough. Again, slime making is science and it’s all about experimenting with the process and the ingredients.
Mix it up and enjoy the slimy fun!
Cloud slime has a signature look which is seen in the texture and appearance of the slime.
Your slime may become less firm as you add more and more snow! You can go ahead and add a few drops of activator (liquid starch) to reach your desired slime consistency, if you would like!
SLIME SCIENCE, CHEMISTRY FOR KIDS, AND FUN!
We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here, and that’s perfect for STEM which is science, technology, engineering, art, and math. We have a brand new series out on NGSS science standards, so you can read how this will fit in nicely too!
Slime really does make for an excellent chemistry demonstration and kids love it too! Mixtures, substances, polymers, cross linking, states of matter, elasticity, and viscosity are just a few of the science concepts that can be explored with homemade slime!
What’s the science behind the slime? The borate ions in the slime activators (sodium borate, borax powder, or boric acid) mix with the PVA (polyvinyl-acetate) glue and forms this cool stretchy substance. This is called cross linking!
The glue is a polymer and is made up of long, repeating, and identical strands or molecules. These molecules with flow past one another keeping the glue in a liquid state. Until…
When you add the borate ions to the mixture, it starts to connect these long strands together. They begin to tangle and mix until the substance is less like the liquid you started with, and thick and stretchy like slime! That makes slime a polymer.
Picture the difference between wet spaghetti and leftover spaghetti the next day. As the slime forms the tangled molecule strands are much like the clump of spaghetti!
Is slime a liquid or solid? We call it a Non-newtonian fluid because it’s a little bit of both!
CLOUD SLIME FAQ
Slime can last quite a while! I get a lot of questions regarding how I store my slime. We use reusable containers in either plastic or glass. Make sure to keep your slime clean and it will last for several weeks. I love the deli style containers in my recommended slime supplies list.
If you want to send kids home with a bit of slime from a camp, party, or classroom project, I would suggest packages of reusable containers from the dollar store or grocery store or even Amazon. For large groups we have used condiment containers as seen here.
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