Up until now I haven’t tried out slime. We do lots of messy play and my eldest particularly loves gloopy things like cornflour and water play, so I knew slime would be a hit. However I had heard the horror stories about it getting everywhere so I wasn’t in a rush to try it.
Then I was given the opportunity to review the So Slime DIY shaker 3 pack by Canal Toys, so it was time to give Slime a try. Canal Toys gifted me the pack in exchange for my honest review.
So Slime DIY Shaker 3 pack – colour change
The pack that we received is the So Slime DIY shaker 3 pack – colour change. It was nicely packaged with a window to see the pots of slime. An eye catching colourful pack that looks great when given as a gift.
My eldest son is autistic and non verbal so visuals make a big difference for us. It is great to see on the back of the pack clear visuals that represent exactly what will be in the packet. It also helpfully included picture instructions showing the process to create your slime.
In the box we had three different coloured pots. Each pot contained:
- A sachet of coloured slime powder
- A sachet of either confetti or glitter
- A small toy surprise
Between the 3 pots we had 3 different coloured powders, 2 different coloured glitters, 1 confetti and 3 different surprise toys.
I got out our messy play tray out, old clothes on. We were ready to go!
Making the So Slime DIY
The benefit of this product is that it was really easy to make. It took five minutes to do and there was no glue involved. I have to admit I made the first pot up myself so I could take some photos. The kids did the others and really enjoyed pouring in the sachets and water.
To make the slime up you simply pour in your glitter or confetti, add in the slime powder, then add the toy surprise. Then you fill the pot with water up to the first line.
The next step was to close the lid and shake the pot for 30 seconds. I did get better results with the pots that I shook a bit harder and slightly over 30 seconds than the ones the kids shook. So I would recommend fast shaking.
You then have to leave the slime for 5 minutes, this was the hard bit for my son as he was keen to see inside straight away. Once the 5 minutes are up it was easy to gently pull out of the pot.
Additions to the slime
The slime did have different effect to it depending on what addition was used. Personally I preferred the confetti to the glitter.
The little surprise toy figurines are a nice touch. They are small so can easily be covered in the slime.
My son really enjoyed finding and uncovering the toys from the slime.
Customise you slime
The nice thing about the pack of 3 pots is that you can customise your slime. You can mix the slime powders and additions up to create different slimes. Mixing two of the pots was easy as you could just put half of the powder in each.
You could also add the slime’s together once they had been made by squashing them together which creates a two-tone colour effect.
Colour Changing slime
After playing with the slime for a little while the colour tone did change. I think the fact that you can mix the slime’s together and make different colours makes it lots of fun.
Slime Play – sensory
My son really enjoys sensory play so he was in his element with the slime.
The pot that didn’t get shook up enough did have a very slightly lumpy texture but the other two were really smooth. It feels a bit wet and sticky at first touch but as soon as you start playing it becomes smoother and no longer feels wet.
After finding the toy surprise in the slime my boy wanted to explore it with his feet!
We then had fun pulling the slime into long string pieces and swirling them about.
My son spent a good 45 minutes playing with the slime, dropping it, stretching it and smushing it in his hands.
So far the slime has kept really well, we have played with it most days this week. It feels quite firm when you get it out, but after a minute of playing it has a good texture again.
What do we think?
The product recommended price is listed as £9.99. I think given the amount of time saved making up the slime and the fact that it keeps well we have got good value out of the product. Also at this price it makes a great gift item.
I would still say it is messy play so you want a plastic mat or tray out, I wouldn’t want it on my carpet. Having said that the slime held together really well so was easy to clear away. We played with it on a plastic tray and it was really easy to wipe away any bits of glitter or slime that had escaped. The most messy part of the product was the glitter.
I think if you have a child who enjoys messy play then this is a great product. My eldest loved it and has happily played with it all week.
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Have you used So Slime DIY? Have you made slime before? I would love to know how you have got on, let us know in the comments below.
They look good. I’ll need to prepare myself to deal with letting the kids loose on the slime but when I do I will look into buying those.
My son loved it and it wasn’t as messy as I was expecting. Although I don’t think I would leave him unsupervised.
Oooh, LOVE slime!! We’ll be using your advice here and having a go at some Slime DIY!! Thank you!!
Hope you have fun with it xx
I haven’t dared to try slime with our boy yet, not because of messiness but because he likes to eat a lot of non-edible things. Though I see that it says on this that it’s non-toxic and mainly agar-agar based, so perhaps we’ll dare to give it a try. (Obviously I’ll be there with him and not let him gobble it down, but if he manages to sneak some into his mouth it would be nice to know that it’s not TOO bad.) Great review, very informative! X
Thanks, glad you like the review. I was a little worried about my youngest putting it in his mouth but no problems so far. I guess supervision is the only way you can try and avoid it. To be honest I always supervise things like this, playdoh, paint mostly because I’m scared what would happen to my house!
I am not really into slime in the house, but love the glittery look to this one. At least now the weather is warmer we could take it outdoors! #KCACOL
I did think it would be good to do this sort of thing outside x
My kids love slime things for sure. I admit I tend to want to play with it myself when it’s around. This looks like high quality slime worth getting. I’m sure I’d like the fact that it changes colors and gets glittery with the glitter addition! #KCACOLS
Definitely gets very glittery, does make it look pretty and you can make some great colours too xx
This does look like a lot of fun and very sensory which is ideal for messy play. #KCACOLS
Perfect for messy play, thanks for commenting xx
I’ve always been a bit wary of slime for all the reasons you mention, but this slime actually looks quite inviting! And a great idea to use your messy play tray. I like how it looked when you stretched and squiggled it all out over the tray! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time. Rachel 🙂
Thanks Rachel xx
My daughter and her friends are all obsessed with slime. Our dining room table is now just one big slime making station #KCACOLS
That sounds messy x
This looks like such fun. I really like that you can customise the slime! #kcacols
I actually got this for my daughter’s fifth birthday last month because the main thing she wanted was slime. When I went into the toy shop this is the one that caught my eye and she absolutely loved it. So I give it a thumbs up too and very reasonably priced! #KCACOLS
Great to hear she loved it too. The packaging is great really nice for a gift xx
My daughter is desperate for me to buy her some slime but I just fear for my carpets! #kcacols
Yes thankfully we have lino in the living room not carpets. Maybe wait for a nice day and do it in the garden.
Popping back from #KCACOLS 🙂