Barriere Library helps kids make toothpaste for elephants

Over 20 children showed up at the Barriere Library to learn how to make slime

Barriere Library workshop facilitator

Barriere Library workshop facilitator

Over 20 children showed up at the Barriere Library on July 26; they were there to learn how to make slime.

Workshop facilitator, Ashley Little, presented the youngsters with a number of demonstrations on how to make great stuff for kids.  Stuff that fizzled, floated, and generally looked thoroughly “gross”, which made it that much more interesting.

Little showed her young audience how to make blobs in a bottle and then demonstrated how to make the amazing  elephant tooth paste.

She then prepared a mixture for each child to stir, adding the final ingredient last as she instructed her charges to stir the mix, and produce ‘slime’ in the colour of their choice.

The workshop proved a hit with the youngsters, and Little provided the Star/Journal with the recipes so other youngsters can enjoy the process.  However, if you are a youngster, be sure to get your parent’s approval before you try any of these recipes’

Blobs in a Bottle:

Pour 150ml of water into a clear pop bottle.

Add 350ml of veggie oil (any brand)

Add 10 drops of food colouring, whatever colour you prefer.

Gently tap the bottle until the colouring gets past the oil to the water.

Then drop in 1 tablet of Alka-Seltzer.

This looks great in a dark room with the bottle on top of a lit flashlight.  The effect only lasts until the tablet has completely dissolved.  However, you can cap the bottle to save the mix untilyou’re ready to drop in another tablet.

Elephant Tooth Paste:

You’ll need a tray or tub of some sort for this, as it is rather messy.

In a small container, mix 1 tsp yeast and 2 tbsp hot water, then let it sit while you do the following steps.

Place a clear pop bottle in the middle of the tray and pour into the bottle 125ml of hydrogen peroxide.

Add 5 drops of food colouring (any colour)

add 1 squirt of liquid dish soap.

Add the yeast mix.  Then step back and watch the fun as it makes elephant tooth paste, which is always guaranteed to get wide eyed stares and smiles from any young audience.


In a small styrofoam cup, fill about 1/4 full of glue (like Lepage’s).

Then add 1 tbsp water

and add 4 drops food colouring (any colour)

Stir to mix this up.

Then add 1 tbsp Borax powder, which will make the glue slimy instead of sticky

You’ll also find more fun at the Library in Barriere on Aug. 9, at 11 a.m., when young participants can learn how to make their own Alien Invasion Masks.