A while ago we went to the Telethon Institute Science Discovery Day. We got so many science ideas, but one in particular has stuck with us.
The easiest SLIME recipe in the world!
We are frequent makers of slime and all things gooey —this day actually changed our slime making forever. A quick, non-toxic – even edible slime!
A recipe of 2 main ingredients, the others are just for decoration.
PSYLLIUM HUSK AND WATER is all that is required!
Psyllium can be bought easily in Coles , Woolworths or Chemist Warehouse in Australia, just look in the health food aisle. Psyllium is a form of fiber made from the husks of the Plantago ovata plant’s seeds.
We used green food colouring, but you could use any food colouring. The actual slime was being made on this day for a different —far more important purpose reason than just being fun. The making of slime was actually to demonstrate how sticky mucus can be and how debilitating chronic diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis are. The discovery day is a host of fun -packed with information about the research being done into childhood diseases here in Perth. Another activity on offer was the making of a lung out of a cup and balloon.
The activity was set up so all we had to do was add the Psyllium husk to the green coloured water.
1 cup of water
1-2 teaspoons of Psyllium husk
couple of drops of food colouring
An easy recipe to play around with so you get the required consistency.
The beauty about this slime recipe is that you can make it as thick and as gooey or as thin and slimy as you need and it only takes minutes to prepare. Mr J. made the thickest slime with over 5 teaspoons of Psyllium to just 100mls of water and Miss C made the thinnest slime with only 1 teaspoon of Psyllium to 100 mls water. Since the discovery day we have used these ingredients many times and the trial and error has been a great investigation.
The most amazing thing about the day is that the volunteers supervising the activities are the actual research scientists who day to day are searching for cures. Here Associate Professor Anthony Kcic -Head of the Airway Epithelial team is explaining how mucus production should work and how when it goes wrong what happens. If you want to find out more about his research click here .
The slime – ready for transporting home and using with a host of art supplies for a sensory experience.
Find out more about The Telelthon Institute here.