February 9, 2011

Guest Post: Silly Eagle Books

When Vanessa @ Silly Eagle Books heard about my car accident, she offered the blogger equivalent of bringing me a meal: a guest post! While I'm doing much better, I still feel like I got hit by a truck (or a very large, out-of-control van) so I was thrilled with the offer. If you're unfamiliar with Vanessa and her artsy, book-loving little girls, you're going to love her blog! Take it away, Vanessa...

How to Make Swamp Slime

let's make some slime

Lately, my daughter and I have been having a lot of conversations inspired by the book I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt. Basically, she comes up with several questions a day along the lines of, "But mama, but mama! What if I were a giant and was so tall I couldn't fit into the house--would you love me then?" (If you haven't read the book, the little boy in the story asks his mom over and over again if she would still love him even if he were a hairy ape, swamp monster, green alien, etc.)

Since her favorite thing to do is make a mess and she's particularly in love with the swamp monster in the book, I thought we would make swamp slime together. The recipe is very simple and it's surprisingly fun to play with even if you don't consider yourself the swamp monster-type!

Here's what you need:
Green Food coloring (optional)

swamp slime

Essentially you mix 2 parts cornstarch with 1 part water. We just sort of kept adding water and cornstarch until we got the right consistency. You'll know when it's perfect when it feels somewhat solid in the bowl and then turns to liquid and drips out of your hands as soon as you pick it up. (It's freaky, but fun!)

At this point, we added some green food coloring (to make it more swamp-ish), but you don't have to if you are afraid of dying your hands green for the rest of the day. (The sticker lady at Wal-mart looked at us kind of strangely when we walked past her...)

I Love You Stinky Face
by Lisa Mccourt

I Love You Stinky Face

If you haven't read I Love you Stinky Face yet, it's a great one to read with your children this week with Valentines Day coming up. And slime-making? That's good any day!


  1. Sounds just like the book, "Momma, Do You Love Me? but that one is set in the Artic.

  2. Christianne--how do you feel about slime in comparison to glitter? ;)

  3. I Love You Stinky Face is the current favorite book of the twins. I'm sure they would love this slime too, if I could muster the courage.

  4. What a great post to offer! This book looks like such fun.

  5. We have made this before. The great thing about it is that all three of my children (13, 6, and 4) love to play with it. It's messy, but that's what makes it so much fun!

  6. Adorable! We love that book! It is one of our very favorites.


  7. It looks like a great book and a fun activity too! Kerri

  8. My kids get plenty slimy in the kitchen without making slime (although it does look like loads of fun). The other day I was marveling at just how much chocolate ended up on their faces.

  9. This does have huge mess potential--you could always wait till spring and do it in the backyard!


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