Slime has become very popular with kids and adults of all ages and is super easy to make. Sometimes slime is referred to as flubber, goo, and gak.
There are countless variations of slime. From basic slime to magnetic slime, from edible slime to cleaning slime, each recipe is unique and requires different ingredients. Here are some of our favorite slime recipes.
But, today, I would like to show you a simple, no-fail slime recipe. This recipe is very versatile. To make the slime more interesting, you can add glitter, sequins, pony beads, essential oils, and other fun mix-ins.
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Watch the video below or keep reading this post for a photo tutorial with step-by-step instructions on how to make slime. In addition to learning how to make slime, this article answers many slime questions: What is slime? What can you do with slime? What are some other types of slime? How do you store slime?
What is Slime?
Slime is a gooey-like, pliable substance that can be kneaded, poked and stretched. Ordinary household items can be mixed together to create slime which is a polymer substance that acts like both a liquid and a solid. It is called a non-Newtonian fluid. To learn more about the science of slime visit this page THE SCIENCE OF SLIME AND THE BEST HOMEMADE RECIPES on the Team Cartwright site.
Making slime is a fun learning and playing activity for kids and it can also be a therapeutic tool to reduce stress and anxiety. It can be helpful for kids with ADHD or SPD.
BASIC NO-FAIL SLIME RECIPE
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- Slime Glue
- Baking Soda
- Food Coloring (optional)
- Contact Lens Solution that contains boric acid and sodium borate
- Measuring Cup
- Measuring Spoons
- Mixing Spoon
- 1/2 Cup Clear or Colored Slime Glue
- 1 Tablespoon Water
- 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- Food Coloring - A few drops (optional)
- 1 to 2 Tablespoons Contact Lens Solutions
STEP 1: MIX GLUE, WATER & BAKING SODA
In a bowl combine 1/2 cup slime glue, 1 tablespoon water, and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Mix well to combine together.
STEP 2: ADD COLORING
If you want to color the slime, add a few drops of food color. Again mix thoroughly.
STEP 3: ADD ACTIVATOR
To the mixture in the bowl, add 1 tablespoon of contact lens solutions. With a spoon, mix and watch as it forms slime. Continue mixing until the slime pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
If you touch the slime and it feels too sticky add a few more drops of contact lens solution. Continue until it is the desired consistency.
Remove from bowl and start kneading and playing with the slime. If you find it is sticking to your hands, put a little contact lens solution on your hands.
What can you do with slime?
Kids just enjoy playing with it. This activity helps kids build fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, hand muscles and is a soothing activity for kids of all ages.
Daily lives are filled with pressure from school, work, and family which can cause stress and anxiety. Slime can be used as a stress toy. The squeezing and stretching of slime have a calming effect to help relieve this stress and anxiety.
- Press beads, buttons or dried beans in the slime and remove with a tweezer or hands
- Flatten the slime with hands on a hard surface and use cookie cutters or plastic letter magnets to cut out shapes
- Use Lego blocks to create interesting patterns
- Squeeze and stretch slime to release stress and anxiety
- Place a thin layer of slime around a pencil or object and let kids pull the slime from it
- Create the slime into shapes like a snake, letters, circles, squares, etc.
- Hide small items within the slime and have the child find them
- Bounce the slime
- Allow kids to cut slime with a kid-friendly scissor
- Poke holes in the slime
- Blow bubbles into the slime with a straw
What are the different types of slime?
There are so many different slime recipes to make with kids.
Fluffy Slime by The Best ideas For Kids
Borax Free Slime (Caterpillar Slime) by Finding Zest
Stretchy Slime by Saving You Dinero
Butter Slime by Artful Parent
Cleaning Slime by Budget101.com
Mess Free Slime by Thrifty Nifty Mommy
Bubble Wrap Slime by Wild Adventure Girls
Edible Slime by WikiHow
Crunchy Slime by Childhood101
Sand Slime by Little Bins for Little Hands
Sparkly Mermaid Slime (Borax-free Slime) by Crayons and CravingsBeating Heart Slime (Liquid Starch Slime) by Finding Zest
Glow-in-the-dark Slime by Elmer's
Halloween Slime with Glitter by Dad Life Lessons
Edible Jelly Bean Slime by Team Cartwright
Hulk Slime by ConservaMom
Magnetic Slime by ThoughtCo.
Galaxy Slime by Crayons and Cravings
Elf Snot Slime by Down Redbud Drive
Slime Stress Balls by Courtney's Sweets
Elephant and Piggie Slime (Liquid Starch Slime) by Finding Zest
What can I add to a slime recipe?
Some fun slime add-ins are glitter, confetti, beads, googly eyes, sequins, little LEGO pieces, small toys, pom pom balls, fragrance oils or extracts, polystyrene beads, fake snow, poly-pellets, and buttons. There are endless possibilities.
How to store slime
Slime will last longer if you store it in an air-tight plastic container or a plastic bag.
Do you want to connect with your kids? Making slime with your kids is an easy project you can do together. So have some fun making slime!
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