Introducing "Ada and the Galaxies" Plus Make Your Own Galaxy Slime

This post is sponsored by Candlewick Press. All opinions are my own.

Sometimes we want something so bad, that we forget to soak in and enjoy the wonders of life happening around us. Written by New York Times best-selling author Alan Lightman, in collaboration with Olga Pastuchiv, "Ada and the Galaxies" explores how interconnected the natural world is.

Ada is like so many children. Her focus is so much on seeing the stars, that she almost misses the wonders around her. That single-minded determination and disappointment when it doesn’t come to fruition is something all parents and children will identify with. There are even adults who are like this as well.

The highlight of the book, however, is Susanna Chapman’s use of photographs taken by the Hubble telescope. Layered with her watercolor illustrations, the stars truly come to life. Each page is so beautifully illustrated with wonderful explosions of color leaping out at every turn. Ada and the Galaxies has themes of family, nature, science, and patience.

After you read, "Ada and the Galaxies", I have a fun sensory activity to help make with your kiddos. Combining my top things to create memories with your children, reading and hands on play. So I'm sharing today how to make your own galaxy slime. We don't like runny slime and I have very specific rules about where my children are allowed to play with slime, but slime is a great sensory activity that can help relieve stress when played with and others benefits as well.

What You Need to make Galaxy Slime:

- 1 (5 oz.) bottle black glitter glue
- 10 oz. clear glue, divided
- bottle of contact solution
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda, divided
- purple food coloring
- teal food coloring
- pink, purple, gold, and teal glitter with optional star glitter

What You Do:

You will also need 3 medium-size bowls/containers as well as 3 spoons/spatulas to use to mix each color of slime.
1. Combine the bottle of black glitter glue, 1/2 tsp of baking soda, and 10-15 drops of contact solution. Stir well to combine. You may need to add more contact solution a few drops at a time until the slime is the right consistency, but as you continue to mix and then knead the slime with your hands it will get less sticky. Continue to knead until it is no longer sticky, then set aside while you move on to the next color.

2. Once the black slime is complete, it is time to start making the purple glittery slime. Combine a bottle of clear glue, purple food coloring, and pink and purple glitter. Stir well to combine. Add more food coloring as necessary to reach the desired shade of purple. Don’t be shy when it comes to adding glitter. Add 1/2 tsp baking soda and stir well. Now add 10-15 drops saline solution, mixing well and then kneading with your hands until it is now longer sticky.
3. Set the purple slime aside while you prepare the last color slime - teal. Simply repeat the process you used to make the purple slime using the teal food coloring and teal and gold glitters.
4. Once you have made all 3 colors of slime, twist them all together for an awesome galaxy effect!
What is really neat about this particular slime is that it changes its look the more that you play with it. Add some star glitter for an awesome effect too.

What do you think of "Ada and the Galaxies"? Have you ever made slime before?

1 comment

  1. We've read this book at home, but have yet to try this awesome slime recipe. Thanks!


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