A simple three-ingredient lagoon slime without borax recipe for preschoolers and kindergartners is perfect for small world play with SafariLTD BiOBUDDi building blocks.
We are so excited to play with products made from nature with love! Besides, SafariLTD has pioneered in making BiOBUDDi building blocks, which are safe for your child and for the environment! Most importantly, BiOBUDDi products are made in the Netherlands from eco-friendly “Green PE” (Polyethylene) derived from the sugarcane plant. As such, BiOBUDDi blocks are perfect for inspiring imagination and creative play while being safe, durable, educational, fun and easy to clean. And today, we are bringing a STEM twist to play with SafariLTD BiOBUDDi Lagoon blocks. We will be creating a slime lagoon, so read along for a BiOBUDDi Lagoon SLIME Recipe!
We love hands-on learning, and slime is just a perfect activity to get preschoolers and kindergartners excited about chemistry, science, and STEM. And, besides being absolutely awesome to touch, slime also offers an amazing hands-on sensorial exploration!
WHAT you will need for this SafariLTD BiOBUDDi Lagoon Blocks play:
- BiOBUDDi Lagoon Building Block Set (enter Coupon code: AnyaM1 to get 20% your entire order)
a tray to contain your sensory play (buy similar here)
borax-free baking soda slime (see the recipe below)
Why shall we encourage building-blocks-play? Well, studies have found that when children work with puzzles and building blocks, they use both sides of the brain, exercising memory, cognitive functions, and problem-solving skills. Also, blocks play, promotes dexterity and hand-eye coordination, while instilling creativity, attentiveness to details, and the ability to follow instructions.
Most importantly, if your child plays with blocks that are made responsibly from the recyclable materials, we are keeping the minds happy, the hands busy and the environment healthy! So, BiOBUDDi blocks are a perfect tool for encouraging children to play and learn creatively, while also being eco-friendly, non-toxic and BPA free, thanks to their bio-based materials derived from sugarcane. And, despite these blocks looking and feeling like traditional plastic blocks, they are in fact made from plants! And, did I mention they are 100% recyclable too! This set of building blocks from BiOBUDDi includes 25 blocks, and the instructions to build three creatures of the lagoon including a flamingo, an alligator, and a duck, plus a tree as well!
What you will need to make a home-made non-toxic slime:
- 1 cup of liquid clear glue
- 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) which helps slime firm up (you can add 1 teaspoon for a more transparent slime)
- 3 drops of food coloring (add more if you would like a darker color)
- 2 tablespoons of water
- 2 tablespoons of contact lens solution so that slime begins to bind (some use borax which also has some boric acid but we avoid using it since it is toxic.) Boric acid and sodium borate are the best slime activators.
HOW TO follow BiOBUDDi lagoon slime recipe:
First, pour the glue into a bowl. Second, add baking soda, and mix well with a fork. Next, add liquid food coloring. Stir until uniformly distributed. Lastly, add contact lens solution. Make sure to add the solution last as it is an activator and once the slime firms up, it will be hard to add any other ingredient. I suggest adding a squirt of the solution at a time until the slime starts coming off the sides of the bowl.
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Mix well with a fork until slime no longer sticks to the bowl. Then knead it with your hands. If slime feels loose or too sticky, keep adding squirts of contact solution until it’s just right. (Be careful not to add too much of a contact solution, as it will result in slime becoming brittle, snapping and not stretchy at all.) If slime feels too hard, add a little more glue. The slime is ready once it starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. The best part is that you can play with slime immediately or store it in an air-tight container at room temperature for future play.
What is the science behind the slime?
Baking soda helps to firm slime. And, the saline solution is the slime’s activator, helping it to get its rubbery texture. The slime will begin to form immediately thanks to the mixture of boric acid and sodium borate present in the saline solution. These two ingredients are cross-linking agents that create your slime! The glue, on the other hand, is a polymer made up of long, repeating, and identical strands or molecules. These molecules flow past one another keeping the glue in a liquid state. However, when you add the borate ions to the mixture, it starts to connect these long strands together. So, they begin to tangle and mix until the substance is thicker and rubberier like slime and less like the liquid you started with.
If you enjoy SLIME, check out The Slime Book: All You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Slime for some cool recipes.
I hope you enjoyed BiOBUDDi Lagoon SLIME Recipe and will check out environmentally friendly SafariLTD BiOBUDDi Lagoon Blocks!
Please, always supervise your children while they are S.T.E.M.-ing through play.
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With the highest regard, this is a sponsored post with Safari Ltd. All opinions are my own and from the heart! Besides, I am so excited to collaborate with this amazing team that brings Toys That Teach to our children! You can read more about Safari Ltd ’s mission of “educating children about the importance of nature and its conservation through the joy of play” here.
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