This month’s #TakeItMakeIt activity is Glow Slime!

Welcome to Take It Make It, a partnership between the Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub and the Linn County Library Consortium!

Thinking About Bioluminescence

Today, we’re exploring bioluminescence and all the cool reasons why things glow. First, why do you think anything glows? What are the good things about glowing? What might be the bad things about glowing?

Luminescence in nature

Hints: think about whether or not it would be an advantage to be found and eaten (seed dispersal), whether it can be a warning or invitation, and what animals might be attracted to animals or plants that glow.

Want to know more? Check out this cool article (Time Magazine for Kids) and video (National Geographic for Kids).

In your kit, you will find everything you need to make some cool glow-in-the-dark slime. Just make sure you expose it to lots of light before the night to make sure it is fully “charged” and ready to glow.

Borax and Glue Glow in the Dark Slime

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2-3 ounces clear non-toxic liquid glue (you can use white glue, but the slime will be opaque)
  • All of your glow powder
  • 2 teaspoons borax powder
  • Stir the glue and 1/2 cup of the warm water together until the mixture is uniform.
  • Add the glow paint (or whatever glow product you’re using) to the glue mixture.
  • In a separate container, dissolve the 2 teaspoons borax in 1/2 cup warm water. It’s fine if it doesn’t all dissolve.
  • Stir the borax solution into the glue mixture. Use your hands or a spoon to mix the ingredients together to make the glowing slime. You may have excess liquid, which you can discard.
  • Glow products store light and release it slowly, so expose the slime to sunlight or bright lights to see it glow in the dark. Store the slime in a sealed container when you’re not using it to make it last up to a couple of weeks.

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