6 simple sensational slime recipes.

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Goopy, squelchy slime. Not only does it feel nice (for some of us anyway), it will keep kids amused for hours. Plus, they’ll learn a bit about science – it’s a win win! Here are 6 super slimy recipes that make the perfect sensory play activity.

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SIMPLY SLIMY

This is a basic recipe for when want good old fluffy slime. Note that this recipe uses Borax – the general opinion is that Borax is harmless unless ingested, but if you want to be cautious, you can skip forward to our other slime recipes that don’t use Borax.

What you need:

  • 1 Β bottle (~120mL) of white school glue
  • Shaving cream (the foam kind)
  • Borax solution (1 cup warm water with 1 teaspoonΒ borax, mixed until clear)
  • Eye contact solution (optional)
  • Food coloring (optional)

What to do:

Squeeze a bottle of glue into a bowl, then stir in 1/2 – 1 cup of shaving foam (a bit more if you want fluffier slime). If using, add food colouring and stir. If you want a less sticky slime, mix in a few squirts of eye contact solution. Add the borax solution you made, one teaspoon at a time, until the mixture is clumpy. Knead the slime. You can continue to add shaving foam or glue to achieve desired consistency.

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Image and full instructions from Artful Parent.

SUPER STRETCHY SAND SLIME

This recipe doesn’t use borax but will still get you good quality stretchy and goopy slime. It will have a grainy texture like sand.

What you need:

  • White school glue
  • Baking soda
  • Contact lens solution

What to do:

Mix a cup of glue, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 3 drops of food colouring (if using) in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of contact lens solution and mix well. Continue to add a tablespoon of lens solution and mix until you get the desired consistency.

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Image and full instructions from Aline Bradford/CNET.

VOLCANO SLIME

Aptly named ‘volcano slime’, this slime will melt into a lava-like substance after 20 seconds in the microwave, turning back into fluffy slime when it cools down.

What you need:

  • White school glue
  • Cornstarch
  • Food colouring (optional)

What to do:

Mix 1/4 cup of white school glue, 1/2 cup of cornstarch and 3 drops of food colouring (if using) in a bowl. Knead the mixture with your hands for approximately 10 minutes. Then, microwave the mixture for 20 seconds. Allow it to cool, then knead it for a further 10 minutes.

For full instructions and how-to video, see here.

GLOW IN THE DARK SLIME

What you need:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • 2-3 tablespoons glowing craft paint (or other glow product)

What you do:

Slowly stir the warm water into the cornstarch to form slime. Add the glow product until it is the brightness that you want. If needed, add more water or cornstarch for the desired consistency.

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Image and full instructions from Science Notes.Β 

VAMPIRE BLOOD SLIME

This gruesomely fun slime uses just water and Metamucil – yes, you read that right! Which means that although it’s not exactly delicious, it’s safe if accidentally ingested so you can use it on a regular (hee hee) basis. Also perfect for vampire blood this Halloween.

What you need:

  • Water
  • Metamucil fibre supplement powder (or generic brand equivalent – as long as the main ingredient is psyllium husk).
  • Red food colouring

What to do:

Mix 3 teaspoons of the powder with approximately 3 cups of water in a pan. Add a few drops of red food colouring to make it more ‘bloody’. On a stove top, bring to a boil and continue to boil for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool for about a minute. The mixture should thicken in this minute. Check the consistency with a spoon. If you find it’s still a bit loose, set it aside for a few more minutes.

Once you are satisfied with the consistency, let it cool on a plate. Once cooled, store in an air tight container at room temperature for up to a few weeks. To make it last longer, put it in the fridge.

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For full instructions, see Little Bins for Little Hands.Β 

FAKE SNOT SLIME

Like real snot, this fake snot is not terribly delicious but safe to taste.

What you need:

  • Boiling water
  • Gelatin
  • Corn syrup

What to do:

  1. Add 3 teaspoons of gelatin to half a cup of boiled water.
  2. Let the mixture soften, then stir with a fork
  3. Add a quarter of a cup of corn syrup
  4. Stir the mixture again with the fork
  5. As the mixture cools, slowly add more water (small amounts at a time).

For full instructions, see Science Kids.

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