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How to throw a Slime party

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For three years we've been throwing slime parties and they've become one of the highlights of the summer.  The party consists of games that causes the players to get messier and messier throughout the day.  The winner of each game gets to "slime" someone else.  It looks gross but they have a great time.  This Instructable lists the games that we've played that work out well (we've had some that bombed) and tips for making them go smooth.

We call it a slime party because, even though we don't use slime, the players end up pretty slimy.

Overall tips:
  • Have an even number of players.
  • I don't require everybody to play every game.  This lowers anxiety but the peer pressure (and fun) sucks them in almost every time.  I've only had one player sit out a single game.
  • The kids will get wet so have the party on a warm day.
  • I write the names of the players on ping pong balls to randomly choose the sides for each game.  This prevents somebody from feeling left out by being chosen last.
 
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Step 1: Items

For the games listed here you will need the following items:
  • Box of Cheerios (or similar).
  • Aluminum pie tins (at least one per player).
  • At least 2 water noodles (you want solid ones).
  • At least 1 large egg per player (I use the largest I can find in the store).
  • Queen-sized, knee-high pantyhose, one pair for every two players.  You definitely want to get Queen (or Plus or whatever) sized.
  • Bottle of ketchup.
  • Bottle of mustard.
  • Papers with a large circle printed on them.  Depending on how you run the games you'll want two per player.
  • Masking tape.
  • Lots of chocolate pudding.  For example, at least 20 boxes of the large My-T-Fine instant pudding boxes.
  • Two large aluminum roasting pans.
  • At least two items for hiding in the pudding.  See the section on the Bobbing in Pudding for more info because it can be a bit tricky finding the right items.  The best thing I've found so far are small raw-hide dog bones.
  • Whipped cream.
  • Two or three bags of large marshmallows.
  • Bag of Hershey's Kisses.  The ones with the soft chocolate center are best (because they melt quicker).
  • Paper lunch bags, at least one per player.
  • Ping pong balls, one per player.
  • 4- or 8-oz tupperware-type containers, one for each player.
  • Lots of Jello.  You'll want enough to fill each of the tupperware containers.
  • Large can of stewed tomatoes.
In addition, you'll need "slime" items that the players will smear or pour on each other.  Usually I trawl through the grocery store and look for items that will gross out the players or make a mess.  Stuff like:
  • Mayonnaise
  • Beef gravy
  • Pancake syrup
  • Sardines
  • Molasses
  • Soy sauce
  • Alfredo sauce
  • Salad dressing.
The sardines are a party favorite.  Depending on how you run the games you'll want at least one "slime" item per player.  I usually have a few extra.

Lastly, you'll need some household items:
  • Portable radio and some music
  • Chairs
  • Pair of dice.
  • A kitchen scale makes it easier to judge the Jello toss.
  • A hose to hose them all down when you're done.  They'll be messy!

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Deeg (author) 2 years ago
Thanks for all the feedback. If any of you have ideas for other games I'd love to hear them; maybe we'll try them at the next slime party.

I'd also like to hear from anybody who's used this Instructable to run their own party. If you send me pictures I'll add them to this one. :)
DanTDM5 months ago

buy them old unwanted t-shirts and pants.

smoesle9 months ago
Awesome!!!!!!!!!!
Also, just mixing up some mud, or some wheatpaste could work for slime as well.
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Please go behind any restaurant around closing time and the amount of food thrown away each DAY makes this look like nothing. They were having some fun and there really wasn't that much food wasted, sheesh lighten up!
Correct!
I'd be happy to agree, but by law those restaurants would be closed down or the owners fined for giving the food away. They can't legally give any of it away. There have been many attempts to do so but laws get in the way. They couldn't take a write off for it, they can't give it away because their insurance won't cover them if someone sued.

I've been on the short end of that stick - any food would have been a blessing. Even ketchup soup, mustard and bread... anything.
I have to disagree jpharrington that "by law those restaurants would be closed down or the owners fined for giving the food away. They can't legally give any of it away. There have been many attempts to do so but laws get in the way. They couldn't take a write off for it, they can't give it away because their insurance won't cover them if someone sued."

Panera Bread gives their day old bread away and they are certainly not closed!

http://www.panerabread.com/about/community/

Day-End Dough-Nation

Through the Day-End Dough-Nation program, unsold bakery products are packaged at the end of each day and donated to local food banks and charities. In 2008, Panera Bread bakery-cafes collectively donated a retail value of more than 50 million dollars worth of bread and baked goods to charitable organizations helping to address the need for food distribution in our local communities. Many of these organizations are served by Feeding America, formerly America's Second Harvest, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization.
You are right in some areas, locally there are laws preventing giving away food, directly to a person as charity. But giving it to a charity is okay.
So you consider it wasted just because its edible, but wasn't eaten? Would you be more comfortable if the author opted to buy some non-edible slime mix from a special effects supply house for the same money? The production of food is no different than the production of any other consumer goods: raw resources are harvested or mined, then transformed into the finished product through a series of automated and manual processes. The Cheerios required by this instructable, for example, are produced in a plant that is not all that different than the plant used to manufacture the required masking tape. Do you also consider the masking tape to be wasted simply because it wasn't used to mask off an area for painting?

People don't forbid their kids from making paper airplanes just because paper was made to be written on, nor do they avoid buying children water guns just because villages in Africa don't have access to fresh water. But for some reason, some people consider it wasteful to -- and even have a special contempt for -- using food items for anything but eating.
ladytiedi2 years ago
I think this is a great idea! You can sure tell those who were never allowed to play with their food! Good tactile experience.... not even so much winning or losing but just the mere pleasure of something you can't likely do anywhere else! Very creative!
Very Creative? i don't think so people creating useful things & ideas that actually help people are creative, artists and musicians are creative this wasting of food and resources is NOT creative!
No, it IS creative. You may not agree with it, but it doesn't make it uncreative.

Many paints use gems as part of their recipes. This is wasteful because they could be sold and the money given to charity.

Carvers and sculptors use wood and clay, both of which could be used to build homes.

Musicians could be using all of their time to help people.

All endeavors use resources. I think the slime party is better for the environment in general. If they had just gone out and bought water balloons and nerf guns, the plastic and rubber contents of those guns (as well as the petrol used to make and transport them) is a resource sink as well.

Be calmed. No-one was harmed. :)

Yea!
the only thing bad is... the chubby bunnies.
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VERY DANGEROUS!!!
5 stars for those pictures alone haha.
jbrecken2 years ago
You might want to find out if any of the kids you've invited have allergies before buying your sliming products.
Sabata2 years ago
This looks like fun! Please pay no attention to the whiners, crybabies and killjoys.
juandres2 years ago
:'(
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superpants2 years ago
I have been running messy games for many years, and also run an annual messy games day for friends.

I am impressed with your ideas- many of them very original, so will give some of them a try. Well written ‘ible too!
Deeg (author)  superpants2 years ago
Thanks superpants. :) I can't take credit for all of them but most are mine (including the Egg Smash, which is my favorite).
Fantastic Instructable! Looks like they had a blast! I love great messy games like this! Another really fun game that would go good with these is to take a plastic tube (About an inch wide?) and crack an egg into the tube and have two competitors blow into the tube from either end. The loser gets sprayed with egg =)
Deeg (author)  SecretlyAPenguin2 years ago
Thanks for the tip. :) We actually tried that this year but apparently I used too small a hose and it bombed. (If you look at the "supplies" picture you'll see black tubing and a funnel.) I'll try again next year with a larger diameter.
Owdaks2 years ago
stop crafting things, with all the materials we can build house for starving children...
rix_1012 years ago
This is pure genius! *Opens Facebook, starts event page*
What wonderful fun. I really like the cherio/pie pan game as it can be played indoors! Would be good for a church youth group.

Kids do love to get dirty without guilt. What a treat.
Flowerpower
fortueni2 years ago
this is a huge waste of food
lots of people die of hunger everyday
I do not condone throwing any food the way you suggest
I hope you consider changing the ingredients for your slime recipe.
Otherwise I am seriously considering reporting this to any competent authority.
You are under arrest for wasting food, said the competent authority!? Those marshmallows could have been sent to starving kids in Africa.
If he paid for the food he is free to do whatever he likes with it. Stop pretending to be the internet police. No law was broken here, get over yourself.
HEY YOU2 years ago
BEWARE

The Chubby Bunnies game, while it sounds fun, is potentially DEADLY - A participant in London Ontario choked on the marshmallows and EMTs were unable to remove the marshmallows when she choked and she DIED..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chubby_bunny

The rest of the games sound REALLY DISGUSTING and REALLY FUN

Cheers

lesizz2 years ago
Ooooo, I wish I were a kid again.
Danno_B2 years ago
Yup - it looks to be huge fun, I wish I'd thought of it. Please ignore the folks who are criticizing it.
No do not listen to Danno_B (more like Dunno cause he doesn't have any idea)
the people who are saying they could have done this with different (non food wasting) items are right you can put it in the oh it's just fun category if your mind
helps you deal with it better but that doesn't make it right.
BtheBike2 years ago
I'd personally opt for expired food items . At least is all Junk food and the grass gets to eat =)
Looks like fun. Sometimes i have pudding eating contests with my kids. Everyone gets a plate of pudding, no utensils, hands behind the back and GO! Usually best to do at the picnic table with a camera nearby.
I've done a few things like this at Uni (often involving a lot of shaving foam)
Hilarious.
Wonderful.
Thank you.
Totally brilliant! Cheers for posting!
bdaman802 years ago
Looks like something I would have done back in the highschool days. Nice
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