Making slime one step at a time: Join our birthday party team as they cook up dino boogers!

You’ve already read about our ballin’ birthday party program. But now you can sneak a peek behind the scenes with one of our most outlandish birthday craft activities: MAKING SLIME! Our slime is customizable for different party themes (and can be made in different colors). We like to call the iteration below “dinosaur boogers.” (It comes with the dinosaur-themed birthday party.)

Slime and other crafts are included in any regular birthday party package. To learn more about our Party Smarty birthday party program and what our packages include, email birthdays@hmns.org or call 713-639-4646.

Supplies:  
•    Bowl or cup
•    Mixing utensil (a popsicle stick, knife or spoon all work fine)
•    Plastic bag or sealable container to put the finished slime in
•    2 tablespoons of white school glue (washable)
•    1 tablespoon of paint (color of choice; preferably washable paint)
•    1 tablespoon of Borax water (see note below)

Instructions
•    Fill a measuring cup with water and add a thin layer of Borax. Mix until dissolved and set aside.
•    In a separate mixing container, combine glue and paint. Mix together until the paint is evenly mixed with the glue.
•    Add the Borax water. (It begins to become slime the moment you add the Borax water, so be ready to mix!)
•    Mix the Borax water into the glue mixture until it wraps around the mixing utensil. It may be a little wet, so put the slime in your sealable container and let it stand for a few minutes. Soon it will be ready to pull, throw, bounce, and blow out of your nose!

Check out our step-by-step guide below, in pictures:

1. Add glue.

Making slime, on step a time

2. Add paint.

Making slime, on step a time

3. Mix glue and paint.

Making slime, on step a time

4. Add Borax water.

Making slime, one step a time

5. Mix quickly!

Making slime, on step a time

6. DINOSAUR BOOGERS!

Making slime, on step a time

Making slime, on step a time

The Real Blob! The Truth About Slime Molds

Ever heard of a nefarious, amorphous gelatinous mass with a seemingly insatiable appetite, ingesting and digesting anything and everything it comes in contact with? It’s The Blob, right?! Well, as close as you can get and still operate within real-life parameters…the real blob of which I speak is most commonly known as a slime mold!

Creative Commons License photo credit: Keresh

Now, its name is slightly misleading as it is actually not a mold at all. True slime molds form a plasmodium, a big blob with one membrane and lots and lots (think millions) of diploid nuclei – it is really like one huge cell the size of a medium pizza, a pizza whose many nuclei all divide at the same time. No need to run in terror though, this blob’s top speed is around one millimeter per hour.

What is most interesting about these true plasmodial slime molds is that they USED to be lumped in with all of the molds and fungus in Kingdom Fungi. But, because of their unique characteristics – such as the fact that they have a motile stage of life – they are now more commonly associated with Kingdom Protista! Other members of this kingdom are giant sea kelp and amoeba, just to name a few. This kingdom is a sort of island of misfit toys; most organisms belonging here do so because they do not qualify as animals, plants, or fungi and are not bacteria.

Physarum polycephalum

The most common image evoked when ‘slime mold’ is mentioned is that of Physarum polycephalum, a large yellow amoeboid mass on mulch or leaf litter, oozing along looking for bacteria to ingest.  Slime molds do, however, come in a variety of sizes and colors. Some slime molds found in the tropics are even bioluminescent! Who wouldn’t want some glow-in-the-dark ooze? I know I do.

But, kids, the fun must end sometime. As our blobby buddy matures, it turns into a grey, dust like material and grows spore bearing structures; many look like little balls or popsicles on the end of thin stalks and can vary in color – they even come in pink! When the spores are eventually released, they settle in new locations, starting the whole process of ooze and growth all over again. Isn’t life amazing?

I’ll end with one of my favorite fungus funny bone ticklers:  A mushroom, a skunk, and a slime mold walked into a bar. The bartender happily served the skunk and the slime mold, but told the mushroom, “We don’t serve your kind here.” The mushroom indignantly replied, “Why not? I’m a fun-gi!”