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Thread: Borax Substitute in Slime, etc - does it work?

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    Thanks ever so much for the info everyone - I ordered some Borax, express delivery, from Amazon (!) Unlikely to arrive in time for our Science meeting but can use another time. And meantime we can experiment with some of the other recipes :-) Thanks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sitb2000 View Post
    Poor it down the toilet
    I think skipper meant what do you do with it once you have made it and before you dispose of it.

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    Thank you shiftypete, that's exactly what I meant! Not sure I'd see the point of making it and then chucking it down the loo!

    So, what do you do with this stuff once you've made it?

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    You let the kids take it home! The stuff is a rubbery solid as long as you play with it! It also will do a great job of removing dirt from kids hands as they play with it! It picks up easily from most hard surfaces, however, tends to get stuck in fabric. Once at home your young scientists will leave the hard ball of slime on the dining room table. 20 minutes later it will slowly revert to a viscous flowable liquid, run off the table and drip onto the carpet below and be almost impossible to remove- don't ask how I know!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skipper_1 View Post
    Thank you shiftypete, that's exactly what I meant! Not sure I'd see the point of making it and then chucking it down the loo!

    So, what do you do with this stuff once you've made it?
    Its an 'experiment' that is fun. Trying to figure out how something can at as a solid and a liquid too.

    "Is it a solid? Is it a liquid? Just what is this slimy, stringy, rubbery stuff? This variation on slime will probably remind you of a similar substance found in many toy stores. This is the most popular version of "slime" among teachers because it's so easy to make and serves as a great visual tool for introducing students to the properties of polymers."
    http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/...glue-borax-gak

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    I know this is being really dull, but it might be worth thinking about what precautions you're going to take with the kids using a substance that has been banned for sale in the EU.

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    Hiya

    I received a free DVD from Catayst with lessons in slime etc - other stuff too based around science.
    some very simple experiement anyone can do, other things to use up your Borax supplies.


    the contacts is Meryl Jameson [email protected]

    the centre sounds exciting too and I would love to visit.

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    I think the old Corn Starch and Water, Non-Newtonian liquid experiment is just as fun and educational as anything involving borax, chemicals, or hard to find materials. It's probably cheaper too, which is handy if you've got thirty cubs.
    Last edited by Skowt; 12-11-2012 at 02:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skowt View Post
    I think the old Corn Starch and Water, Non-Newtonian liquid experiment is just as fun and educational as anything involving borax, chemicals, or hard to find materials. It's probably cheaper too, which is handy if you've got thirty cubs.

    Might be as educational but I'd disagree on it being as much fun! Cornstarch and water you can't pick up in your hands and roll into a ball, stretch into long thin strings or pull suddenly to snap it in two and then let it sit in your hand and flow through your fingers - ask any 8 year old!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug in Canada View Post
    Might be as educational but I'd disagree on it being as much fun! Cornstarch and water you can't pick up in your hands and roll into a ball, stretch into long thin strings or pull suddenly to snap it in two and then let it sit in your hand and flow through your fingers - ask any 8 year old!
    It's just as "magical" if you give it to a bunch of Explorers too... although you're more likely to have it on the walls and floor afterwards with them.

    You can also get it to dance in an upturned speaker cone, if you have a frequency generator that can find the resonant frequency.
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    Ok, now it sounds like fun!

    Was there a conclusion reached in the 'how to make it/ where do I get stuff' discussion?

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    You can try making slime without borax. It is really simple.

    https://howtomakeslime.in/how-to-mak...without-borax/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scary Monster View Post
    I know this is being really dull, but it might be worth thinking about what precautions you're going to take with the kids using a substance that has been banned for sale in the EU.
    That is freely available by mail order from within the UK.

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