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Easy Slime Recipes

Turn your house into a lab with these fun experiments!

Turn your house into a lab with these fun experiments!

Slime is the "in thing" at the moment with kids. Why bother purchasing this novel item when you can make it yourself?

Older children should be able to make these on their own, but with any activity, an adult must be present to supervise. Make sure you cover your surfaces to prevent stains and have a towel handy to mop up spillages.

Creating slime is a lot of fun, but it's even more fun to play with the end result! Store in a plastic tub to keep fresh. These will last for a couple of days, but will solidify sooner the more that you play with them.

Gloriously goopy stretchy slime!

Gloriously goopy stretchy slime!

Stretchy Slime

Gloopy, stretchy, and lots of fun! This produces a satisfying slime that is stretchy and bouncy. As it dries up after you've made it, it can be rolled into a sphere to create a bouncy ball to play with.

This slime takes around 10 minutes to create.

You will need:

  • 8½ fluid ounces (240 ml) of PVA glue
  • 1 tablespoon of boric acid or sodium borate - eyewash is great for this
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • Food colouring

Method:

  1. Pour the glue into a bowl.
  2. Add the bicarbonate of soda and stir together.
  3. Add in the food colouring and mix it in.
  4. Add the eyewash and continue to stir. When it starts to get stringy, knead with your hands until it all gloops together. All done!
Mixing the Stretchy Slime

Mixing the Stretchy Slime

Putty Slime

Bouncy, fun, and stretchy. This easy recipe will create a fun slime in minutes. You can add some food colouring to colour your putty, but wear rubber gloves if you do as this will stain your hands when you knead it together, otherwise!

This recipe takes around 15 minutes to make.

You will need:

  • Sticky adhesive putty such as Blu-Tack
  • Liquid hand soap

Method:

  1. Warm up the sticky tack in your hands and stretch it until it softens up and is easy to shape.
  2. Squirt some of the liquid soap into a bowl. Not too much, or the putty will become too sticky. Scented soap makes for scented slime!
  3. Mash the tack into the soap and knead in well, squishing it all up like dough until it is all mixed up together. The putty will become stretchy. Add a little extra liquid soap if you need to at this stage, and a few drops of food colouring if you want to jazz it up.
Your finished putty slime will look like this.

Your finished putty slime will look like this.

Physics-Breaking Slime

This mixture is unique as it will change from liquid to solid as you play with it. As you squelch it in your hands it will begin to solidify. The moment you stop, it will turn back into a liquid. This slime is known as a non-Newtonian fluid as it breaks Newton's laws on how liquids are supposed to work!

This recipe will produce fun slime in around 5 minutes.

You will need:

  • Cornflour
  • Water
  • Food colouring

Method:

  1. Scoop around 5 dessert spoons of cornflour into a bowl.
  2. Add drops of water to the cornflour until you have a thick slimy mixture. Take your time! If you add too much water, just add a little more cornflour until you have the right consistency.
  3. Stir in some food colouring to liven it up!
Making a liquid, that's also a solid!

Making a liquid, that's also a solid!

Fluffy Clouds

Fluffy, sticky, and super gloopy. This recipe creates a slime that is light as a cloud and as fluffy as marshmallow. Messy play guaranteed! And it smells great too...

Takes about 10 minutes to make.

You will need:

  • 17 fluid ounces (480 ml) of shaving foam
  • 2 fluid ounces (70 ml) of PVA glue
  • 1 tablespoon of boric acid or sodium borate - eyewash will do if it contains these ingredients
  • ¼ teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • Food colouring

Method:

  1. Measure the shaving foam in a measuring jug and transfer to a bowl.
  2. Add the food colouring.
  3. Stir in the glue.
  4. Add the bicarbonate of soda, and mix together well.
  5. Pour in the eyewash. The mixture will start to change to a stringy texture.
  6. Stir it up! When the mixture starts to become stringy, throw out the spoon and knead with your hands until it is puffy and soft. Add more eyewash if it is too sticky.
Gorgeous, creamy, fluffy, and squidgy!

Gorgeous, creamy, fluffy, and squidgy!

Glitter Slime

A clear, coloured slime, add glitter or stars to create a dazzling mixture!

This recipe takes around 10 minutes to produce.

You will need:

  • 5 fluid ounces (120 ml) of clear craft glue
  • 4 fluid ounces (140 ml) of warm water
  • Sodium borate or boric acid - eyewash containing these ingredients will work
  • ¼ teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • Glitter!

Method:

  1. Measure out the glue and pour into a bowl.
  2. Add the bicarbonate of soda and mix in.
  3. Pour in the warm water and stir it in well.
  4. Add your glitter. The more the better!
  5. Add the eyewash slowly and stir it, testing it with your fingers and then mix with your hands until it stops sticking to your hands.
Shimmering glitter slime for galactic fun!

Shimmering glitter slime for galactic fun!

© 2019 Pollyanna Jones

Comments

Pollyanna Jones (author) from United Kingdom on January 04, 2019:

Thanks for commenting, Poppy, and Alexander! It is a lot of fun, my own loves making slime and I quite enjoy helping her!

Alexander James Guckenberger from Maryland, United States of America on January 04, 2019:

This all looks like so much fun.

Poppy from Enoshima, Japan on January 04, 2019:

I remember playing with slime with the children when I worked at the Beacon Museum in Whitehaven, Cumbria. They really enjoyed it.