Learn how to make brain slime without glue with this easy guar gum slime recipe that you can use for a fun Halloween sensory bucket or game!
Halloween is going to be pretty unique this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and different state and county mandates to try to slow the spread.
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We decided as a family to forego any trick or treating experience, but still keep the fun in Halloween by hosting a family Halloween party! We love to dress up every year in different trendy family Halloween costumes and we still plan to show off our AMAZING (still confidential!) family costume by modeling it in our front yard!
We also plan to drive around and play Halloween BINGO to see all the other decorations in town during the week of Halloween and we are competing in our town’s Halloween house decoration contest and have been busy making a ton of different DIY Halloween decor!
HOW TO MAKE SLIME WITHOUT GLUE
If you’ve scrolled through Pinterest any time lately, you’ll have noticed that there are tons of ways and methods to make slime. Recently I was asked how to make slime without glue.
I decided to put a twist on this recipe and see what happens when I use cold water instead of hot water to dissolve the guar gum.
We decided to not only make slime without glue, but to pair it with a Halloween theme for some seasonal sensory fun! Check out this awesome no glue slime recipe we came up with and turn into a zombie!
FUN DIY NO GLUE SLIME RECIPE!
The texture of this guar gum slime (ish) recipe is pretty unique and not sticky at all! It actually feels a lot like a gel ice pack to me. It’s a great sensory slime rather than a gooey slime and you can use it for Halloween surprise buckets or sensory bins!
You can even use this gooey slime to pretend to be a zombie!
This slime is not edible and adult supervision is required for making the recipe.
You can find guar gum in the baking section of many grocery stores or on Amazon!
How to Make Brain Slime
To make brain slime, you begin by pouring cold water in one of the plastic cups. Using cold water instead of hot water makes the guar gum dissolve less and creates the clumpy factor in this recipe.
Use a wooden stick to stir the mixture until the mixture is thick and cloudy.
Next, add in a few drops of red food coloring and stir until blended. Allow the plastic cup to sit for 5-10 minutes while you work on the second mixture.
An adult should mix the borax and hot water in another plastic cup and stir until the borax is dissolved.
Finally, slowly pour the second mixture (borax cup) into the first mixture (guar gum liquid). Use a wooden stick to mix the liquids together. You’ll find that they make a clumpy gooey gunk that resembles a brain!
Congrats, you’ve made brain slime!
Note: This brain slime only lasts for a few days in a sealed plastic bag! When you are done with the slime, throw the bag in the garbage.
The Science of No Glue Slime!
This gooey slime uses guar gum, which is used as a thickener in foods. Guar gum comes from the guar plant that is grown in India and Pakistan. You can find guar gum in lots of favorite foods like ice cream and pudding!! Yum!
Guar gum is a natural polymer that binds with liquids to thicken them.
We set out to use items around the house to observe how a chemical reaction produces a new substance. Just kidding, we set out to make something EXPLODE.
To do that, we sat down and learned all about acids, bases, and chemical reactions and applied what we knew to our daily lives. I bored the kids with chemical equations and talked their ears off until surely they thought we weren’t doing anything exciting. Then, things went kaBOOm and they were thrilled!
We paired a book with a simple physics activity for kids to make a spooky ghost sounds STEM activity! This Spooky Ghost Sounds STEM Halloween Activity is a fantastic way to incorporate a simple physics experiment with some Halloween fun!
We combined optical illusion art with crayon resist art to make a super cool Halloween project for kids. Your kiddos can make a really cool spiderweb using a wax resist (crayon resist) art technique with a white crayon and some Bingo daubers!
Learn about faces and emotions with this silly pumpkin face activity! These are pretty darn fun to play with! My little Thea calls them her “funny pumpkins” and she’s been playing with them throughout the last two days!
This is such a fun way to get into the holiday spirit and involve your toddler in some G-rated spooky fun!!
Fall is such a fun time for STEAM activities from pumpkins to potions and every spooky thing in between, I love how many great projects fall into the season!
My kids really wanted to make a pumpkin explode. We’ve been talking about it since this Summer and we were super excited to try out some chemical and physical reactions to create some exploding and erupting pumpkins!
Fall is a great time to investigate some of our favorite seasonal things — like pumpkins!! We’ve been doing so many activities with pumpkins that the employees at our Walmart keep asking me what I am doing buying so many!
This preschool pumpkin investigation is fantastic for young learners like my little Thea who isn’t quite ready for any of our other pumpkin activities. From exploding pumpkins to painting pumpkins, we’ve already done a fair share of pumpkin activities this year!
My girls are super artistic. I love trying STEAM activities that incorporate their artistic side to teach them scientific concepts. This is a great STEAM activity to learn about simple circuits and parallel circuits and then apply that circuitry knowledge with some artistic flair to make pumpkin paper circuits!
We are getting ready to go back to school next week. Back to school always makes me excited for fall. It’s right around the corner. My youngest two girls and I have been busy working on some fun fall projects including this preschool pumpkin art made with Qtips!
You can absolutely make beautiful chalk pastel pumpkin art with your kids by using a glue resist art method. I did this project with my toddler! Yes, you read that right! I know what you are thinking…how in the world did I get a 2yr old to draw like that?
This static electricity zombie crossing STEAM activity is super easy and eerily fun! With only a few supplies needed, your walking dead will be up and moving in no time! This activity is so much fun and you can make all sorts of different shapes to test!
A great activity for preschool and kindergarten aged kiddos is working hands-on with objects to learn addition and subtraction. We decided to work with candy corn to compose and decompose the number 10, but you can use other objects such as m&ms, fruit loops, popcorn, legos, etc.
It’s October and that means a ton of candy is coming to a household near you in the very near future! We don’t let the kids eat all of their candy. We pick at it and they eat a few pieces here and there, but let’s be real, there are some candies that no one really likes to eat.
We like to use those candies for experiments! In this yummy experiment, we are testing to see if sour candy is acidic with a simple acid-base reaction.
These Free Halloween Activity worksheets contain a few different exercises for kids of different learning levels, including: I-Spy, Word Search, Number Recognition, Letter Recognition, Pumpkin Coloring Page, & Less Than or Greater Than Pumpkins!