Are you looking for a fun activity to do with the kiddos this summer?
This homemade slime recipe takes just a couple common household ingredients to make, and it provides lots of gooey wiggly sensory entertainment! 😛 Plus, it’s a great little mini science lesson learning how mixing Borax with polyvinyl acetate, a liquid polymer found in glue, creates one big squishy polymer when the molecules are linked together. My kids LOVED this so much!
1/2 cup (4oz.) Elmer’s School Glue
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon Borax Powder plus 1 cup water
optional; Food Coloring, Paint, or Glitter
Directions: Mix 1/2 cup glue and 1/2 cup water. Add food coloring, paint, or glitter if desired and stir well. In a separate bowl, mix teaspoon of Borax and one cup of water. Slowly combine both mixtures and stir. You will see the slime start to form right away. Stir well, and start using your hands to combine. Pour out any excess water.
Homemade slime notes:
- You can keep your slime covered in the fridge so it will last longer and not get moldy. The texture over time will get to be more like a putty as its played with more and more.
- By using the optional ingredients, like food color and paint, you can customize the color of your homemade slime.
- If you want to add some sparkle or dazzle to your slime, then be sure to add glitter … it is sure to brighten up your slime and add a star quality to it.
- While we have not tried it, others, like the folks at ChemMatters, have: You can add a fluorescent quality to your homemade slime by cutting a tip off a fluorescent highlighter marker and placing it in “a beaker containing up to 500 mL of water. After a few minutes, the water will be highly fluorescent. When this water is used to make slime, the slime will be highly fluorescent under a black light.”
Also, Elmer’s School Glue seems to have the best results. I tried another slime recipe using liquid starch that didn’t work out for us, and the Borax method worked right away. Borax powder can be found in the laundry isle of the store or on Amazon here.
Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.