Disclosure: This post contains a gifted product sent to us for review. All opinions are our own.
Do your kids love slime? I’ve yet to meet a kid who doesn’t. Ever since Oskar made some slime at his school’s science club, the boys have been obsessed with it. But quite frankly, I’m not a fan. We’ve tried several slime recipes at home, involving glue and what not, and they have all ended up in a big mess. Or didn’t turn in to slime. Or both. So when we were invited to test out the ‘So Slime DIY Slime Factory’ from Canal Toys, which advertises itself with the slogan “No Glue! No Mess!” I was intrigued. And ready to give slime another chance.
So, what’s in the box? In your slime factory kit, you get a mixer, ten sachets of slime powder, several sachets of confetti and glitter (plus tubes to keep it in), a funnel and a spatula, three tubs to keep the finished slime in, and some stickers to label your tubs. There’s also a tray to keep everything in, and four collectible figures. These are from a selection of I forget how many, so it’s a surprise which four you will get in your box.
Before we started, I put the glitter in the tubes (using the funnel), because I knew letting my kids do that would end up in disaster. When they say “No Mess!” this definitely does not refer to the glitter! Making the slime itself, in essence, is super simple. All you need to do is mix the slime powder sachets with some water. No complicated recipes or measuring out of various ingredients involved. The glitter, confetti and collectible are just to pep it up a little.
You add a sachet of slime to the mixer, fill it up with water to the line, and mix well for 20 seconds with the spatula. Then you can add glitter and/or confetti as required and mix again for another 2 minutes with the mixer. Once it’s been thoroughly mixed, you leave it for 5 minutes to set and you’re ready to play. You can transfer it in to one of the tubs for storage, and hide one of the collectibles in it if you like. Use the stickers to personalise the tubs. We’ve put together a little video to show you the slime factory in action:
Note to self: read the instructions properly! Our first batch of slime came out as a watery mess with big lumps in it, because we didn’t use the spatula to dissolve the powder (you may have noticed us wrongly demonstrating it in the video…) But aside from that, it worked really well.
So what’s our verdict? A note of warning: the slime will continue to shed glitter, so my advice is to use as little as possible or even none at all – can you tell I hate glitter? But aside from the glitter, this really is mess free slime! No failed recipes, no glue everywhere, no slime explosions in the microwave… Once properly mixed and set, it comes out as a soft, pliable mass. It can feel a bit sticky when you first remove it from the mixer, but after a few minutes of playing with it, it becomes smoother. Apparently if you don’t play with it for several days, it may liquefy and no longer be usable, but we made our slime ten days ago and so far that has not happened yet. The boys do take it out to play with every day though. You are also advised to keep it from sticking to fabrics, carpets and hair, but I think that’s just common sense.
If you don’t want to invest in the full slime factory – which retails at around £20 – you can also just buy individual “shake and mix” tubs. The individual tubs cost around £4, making them excellent pocket money toys (though keep in mind that the factory comes with ten sachets of powder, which works out at just £2 per batch of slime). If you have slime loving kids you’d like to score some brownie points with, then I’d definitely recommend giving this a go (though maybe skip the glitter…) Both the slime factory and individual tubs are available from Amazon, and other online retailers such as Smyths Toys.