When you hear the term butter slime do you think of slime made from a stick of butter? That would be something wouldn’t it! Given all of the edible and unique slime recipes out there, I totally get it! However, our easy to make butter slime recipe doesn’t use butter or the traditional soft clay either. Try this quick new homemade slime recipe today for a really cool textured slime!
EASY TO MAKE BUTTER SLIME RECIPE WITH KIDS!
Back to the butter in easy to make butter slime recipe! Wait no real butter needed, but you are going to want to add one other simple kitchen ingredient to our most basic slime recipe. If you know how to make this recipe already, butter slime will be a cinch!
Why is butter slime named butter slime? Honestly, I don’t have an official answer just my thoughts. Our easy to make butter slime recipe feels soft and silky.
It’s firmer but still smooth and stretchy. Of course butter isn’t stretchy! However, this slime keeps more of a shape and you can add little play dough tools to it or even a butter knife and make chunks.
Of course this pale yellow colored slime does resemble a rich yummy stick of butter. Just no tasting allowed. Now you can also make real butter for a cool science activity! That would be tasty!
EASY TO MAKE BUTTER SLIME RECIPE
All of our holiday, seasonal, and unique slimes use one of our 4 basic slime recipes that are super easy to make! We make slime all the time, and these have become our go-to favorite slime making recipes. I always invite you to contact me with questions regarding slime making.
I always let you know which recipe we used in our photographs, but I also tell you which of the other basic recipes will work too! Usually you can interchange several of the recipes depending on what you have for slime supplies.
THIS SLIME: LIQUID STARCH SLIME RECIPE + ONE SPECIAL INGREDIENT
Make sure to read through our recommended slime supplies and print out a slime supplies checklist for your next trip to the store. After the supplies listed below you will see click here black boxes for slime recipes that will work with this theme.
SLIME RECIPE SUPPLIES
White Washable PVA School Glue
Bowl, Spoon, Measuring Cups
Play Kitchen or Play Dough tools (optional)
GET YOUR SLIME RECIPE!
Each of our basic slime recipes (that we use for all of our seasonal, unique, and holiday slimes) have their own complete slime making page. This way you can see a complete page dedicated to making the specific slime including step by step photos and video!
You can check out the supplies if you want to try a different recipe from what we used in this recipe. You can watch a video of each slime being made, and of course each recipe will also have full instructions and photos showing steps.
EASY TO MAKE BUTTER SLIME RECIPE
So now you have learned that the secret ingredient is cornstarch, see our easy to make butter slime recipe using the basic liquid starch slime recipe.
HOW TO MAKE SLIME RECIPE: When making the basic LIQUID STARCH SLIME RECIPE from the link above, you will mix in 1-3 tablespoons of powdered cornstarch during the mix-ins stage when you add the food coloring.
It’s as simple as that one little edition. We look forward to trying the soft clay slime too very soon. Stay tuned.
The cool thing about science that is really important for the adults to know: slime is more then just a fad. It’s an excellent science demonstration too and you can set up slime experiments too. Read more below.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE HOMEMADE BUTTER SLIME RECIPE
What’s the science behind the butter slime? The borate ions in the slime activators (sodium borate, borax powder, or boric acid) mix with the PVA (polyvinyl-acetate) glue and forms this cool stretchy substance. This is called cross linking!
The glue is a polymer and is made up of long, repeating, and identical strands or molecules. These molecules with flow past one another keeping the glue in a liquid state. Until…
When you add the borate ions to the mixture, it starts to connect these long strands together. They begin to tangle and mix until the substance is less like the liquid you started with and thicker and rubberier like slime!
Picture the difference between wet spaghetti and leftover spaghetti the next day. As the slime forms the tangled molecule strands are much like the clump of spaghetti!
Is slime a liquid or solid? We call it a Non-newtonian fluid because it’s a little bit of both!
STORING YOUR BUTTER SLIME
Slime lasts quite awhile! I get a lot of questions regarding how I store my slime. We use reusable containers in either plastic or glass. Make sure to keep your slime clean and it will last for several weeks.
And…if you forget to store your slime in a container, it does actually last a few days uncovered. If the top gets dry feeling just fold it into itself, and it should be as good as new.
If you want to send kids home with a bit of slime from a camp, party, or classroom project, I would suggest packages of reusable containers from the dollar store or grocery store or even Amazon. For large groups we have used condiment containers as seen here.
NOTE: I made this butter slime recipe before Christmas 2017 and we still have it in a container on the counter.
Surprise your kids with a fun new slime activity today, and let me know your thoughts! We love making slime. Do you have a favorite theme for us to make and share?
EASY TO MAKE BUTTER SLIME RECIPE PERFECT ANYTIME!
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