Written by Mike Sheley
Slime: From TV to Your Church
Growing up, I remember seeing kids getting “slimed” on Nickelodeon’s “You Can’t Do That on Television.” Anytime someone said, “I don’t know.” green slime would come pouring down on them.
Fast forward to my adult years and the slime has a whole new life as a featured part of the annual Nickelodeon “Kids Choice Awards.”
I decided that would be a fun element to have for our middle schoolers as part of our fall kickoff. It has grown from being one bucket of slime that a few people ended up with on them to over 200 gallons of slime and a massive “slime fight” that is the grand finale to our fall kickoff!
One of the most difficult things I had to do in setting this up was finding a recipe and some tips. So, now that we have been doing this for almost a decade, let me share what we have learned with you.
First, the recipe. (This version fills a 5-gallon bucket. Multiply it to fill as many as you need for your event.)
- 5-gallon bucket from any home improvement store (Menards sells green)
- lime gelatin (Adjust to your liking. 12-6oz family size packages will work or you can order 4-24oz packages from places like Sysco foods)
- 6-8 lbs. flour (the more you add, the thicker it will be – and the harder it will be to clean)
- 1-1oz bottle green food coloring
- 1/3 bottle baby shampoo (no tears)
- approx. 4 gallons water
- Recommended: For small batches, a paint-mixing bit on an electric drill will work. For large batches, borrow or rent a grout mixer designed to work with the 5-gallon buckets.
- Mix 1 gallon of water with all packages of gelatin. Blend until well dissolved.
- Then blend in flour in small amounts with more water to make it the desired consistency.
- Once all flour is blended in, mix in full bottle of food coloring.
- Finally, slowly blend in 1/2 bottle of baby shampoo. (This should help it come out of hair and clothes.)
It is best to use the slime within 24 hours or less of mixing. If you have to store it, seal the container with the matching lid and store in a cool, dry place.
Uses for the slime simply depend on your location and desire to get messy.
- You can pour it on someone standing in a baby tub in your youth room.
- You can make it a prop for a running skit at a camp or retreat.
- Use it as part of a grand finalé event. Give every child a clear “punch cup” that you can pick up in bulk from Sam’s Club or Costco.
- Allow everyone to run around, dipping from the buckets and splashing each other. For added fun, get water cannons like the TL-600 Stream Machine for leaders to use firing at students or in the air to make it rain slime!.
- Or watch videos from the Kids Choice Awards for more ideas!