How to Make Slime: Basic No-Fail Slime Recipe

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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.  Keep reading to answer all of your questions about slime and share some of our favorite slime recipes.  We have over 20 different slime recipes below!

But, today, I would like to show you a simple, no-fail slime recipe. This recipe is very versatile and will show you how to make slime.  To make the slime more interesting, you can add glitter, sequins, pony beads, essential oils, and other fun mix-ins.

You never know when you are going to need a make slime. This easy, no-fail recipe is a good one to keep on hand.  So BOOKMARK, PIN or PRINT this post!

If you are too busy to make slime, you can always order some unique ready-made slime from Amazon or Etsy.  

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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?

Watch our video tutorial below or click the link if you prefer to watch How to Make Slime: Basic No-Fail Slime Recipe in Youtube.

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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.Slime Science - Team Cartwright

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. Simple No-Fail Slime Recipe - Mixed in Bowl



  • Slime Glue
  • Water
  • Baking Soda
  • Food Coloring (optional)
  • Contact Lens Solution that contains boric acid and sodium borate
  • Bowl
  • Measuring Cup
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Mixing Spoon

Simple No-Fail Slime Recipe - Supplies


  • 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


In a bowl combine 1/2 cup slime glue, 1 tablespoon water, and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.  Mix well to combine together.Simple No-Fail Slime Recipe - Mix Glue, Water, Baking Soda


If you want to color the slime, add a few drops of food color.  Again mix thoroughly.Simple No-Fail Slime Recipe - Add Coloring


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.Simple No-Fail Slime Recipe - Add Activator 

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.Simple No-Fail Slime Recipe - Stir until combined

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.Simple No-Fail Slime Recipe - Kneading 


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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.

Simple No-Fail Slime Recipe - Mixed in Bowl

  • 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.

Basic Slime

Fluffy Slime by The Best ideas For Kids

Borax Free Slime (Caterpillar Slime) by Finding ZestBorax Free Slime

Stretchy Slime by Saving You DineroStretchy Slime Recipe

Butter Slime by Artful Parent

Cleaning Slime by

Mess Free Slime by Thrifty Nifty MommyMess Free Slime Recipe

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 CravingsMermaid SlimeBeating Heart Slime (Liquid Starch Slime) by Finding ZestBeating Heart Slime

Glow-in-the-dark Slime by Elmer's

Halloween Slime with Glitter by Dad Life LessonsHalloween Slime with Glitter

Edible Jelly Bean Slime by Team CartwrightJelly Bean Slime by Team Cartwright

Hulk Slime by ConservaMomHulk Slime

Magnetic Slime by ThoughtCo.

Galaxy Slime by Crayons and CravingsGalaxy Slime

Elf Snot Slime by Down Redbud DriveElf Snot Slime

Slime Stress Balls by Courtney's SweetsSlime Stress Balls

Elephant and Piggie Slime (Liquid Starch Slime) by Finding ZestElephant and Piggie Slime Jars

Jack-o-Lantern Slime Pumpkin JarJack-o-Lantern Slime Pumpkin Jar

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.Simple No-Fail Slime Recipe - Storage Options

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!

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial on How to make Slime: Basic No-Fail Slime Recipe!   Let us know what you think through Youtube, Facebook or Twitter. 

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