My girls and I cannot wait to see Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” later in November, and what better way to celebrate this awesome upcoming film than with a little slime! So what is “Coco” about? How does it relate to Dia de los Muertos? Keep reading to find out more!
Disney•Pixar Coco Inspired Slime Recipe
We’ve been seeing the previews for months now, and every time my girls see them they say, “We want to see that skeleton movie!” I was kind of surprised they were interested as I figured they might be a little scared of the imagery, but they are starting to be a littler braver in their curiosity about life. Their curious nature has given me the opportunity to share with them about the Mexican celebration known as Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead.
Background on Dia de los Muertos
Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican celebration of those who have gone on before. Instead of a mournful wake, it is a three to four day celebration of life and the joy of knowing those who have pass from this life to the next. The festive holiday traditionally takes place October 31-November 2. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using calaveras, aztec marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Family members and friends also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves.
Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.
Featuring and original score by Oscar winner Michael Giacchino (one of my favorites!) and original songs by Oscar winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (of Frozen fame), this film is sure to get everyone’s toes tapping!
How to Make Coco Inspired Slime
Gather your supplies to make sure you have everything you need before you begin! Here’s what to get:
- 1 cup hot water
- 1/2 tsp of Borax
- 1/2 cup room temperature water
- 1 5-6oz bottle glue (clear or white, your choice)
- Glitter (optional)
- Skull Confetti
- Flower/Multi-Color Confetti
Directions for Slime
- Mix 1 cup hot water with 1/2 tsp of Borax in a bowl or measuring cup. Stir well until dissolved. Let this mixture come to room temperature.
- Empty glue into a separate bowl. Mix in 1/2 cup of plain water. I recommend a whisk for mixing. This is also where you add in glitter and/or confetti if you choose.
- Stir the Borax/water mixture into the bowl of glue/water. As you see the slime beginning to form, begin kneading and squishing the two mixtures together. If your slime is not setting up correctly, allow it to sit for 30 seconds to 1 minute before kneading and squishing again.
For this particular recipe, I noticed that using white glitter allowed the colored confetti to dull the sparkle just a bit. Just be aware of the type/color confetti you use as it may change the color of the white glitter. Lesson learned for next time? Take photos immediately following creation for optimal sparkle!
See Coco in Theaters!
Like COCO on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixarCoco
Follow COCO on Twitter: https://twitter.com/pixarcoco
Follow COCO on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pixarcoco/
Visit the official COCO website here: http://movies.disney.com/coco
COCO opens in theaters everywhere on November 22nd!