Commercial slimes and most recipes on the net contain harmful ingredients including glue, borax or other thickening agents.
I would never advise for a young child to play with commercial slime as we know they like to explore with their mouth or suck their fingers. I personally would avoid the over use of commercial slimes in older children also. Our skin is the largest organ of the body and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever we put on it.
Below is my favourite edible slime recipe that is complete safe for children and their skin. In fact it’s actually quite healthy and a great source of fibre if eaten. As with anything please supervise during play, children have choked on play dough and slime previously.
What you’ll need:
– psyllium husk powder (health food shops or supermarkets in the health aisle)
– food colouring of choice
– saucepan and access to heating source
1. Add psyllium powder and water to a saucepan (ratio of 1 tablespoon to 1 cup of water)
2. Add a few drops of colouring
3. Place over a medium heat and stir continuously (a microwave can be used for heating)
*Mixture will take approximately 5 minutes however you want it to be a thick consistency before removing from heat
4. Allow to completely cool before playing with
* Mixture may seem cool on the outside but still be boiling on the inside. I refrigerate my mixture overnight.
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