Color and glue all in one for the best slime making experience ever… Perfect slime every time! We love this NEW, low mess slime recipe that you can whip up in a snap. Color glue is awesome! Our Elmers Color Glue Slime Recipe is perfectly stretchy and lasts for days. When it comes to making homemade slime, there is an endless supply of themes and colors to try. All you need is two basic slime ingredients, Elmer’s color glue and liquid starch (other basic slime recipe options available). Let us show you how to get started making no fuss color slime today.
ELMERS COLOR GLUE SLIME RECIPE
Kids love to make crazy color slimes, theme slimes, and glittery slimes! Our simple color slime is a breeze because all of the best slime ingredients are in one bottle. Glue and color are already provided!
Slime making is a serious matter with kids, and I know everyone is looking for the best slime recipes around. Our Elmers Color Glue Slime Recipe is yet another AMAZING slime recipe we can show you how to make.
Oh and slime is science too, so don’t miss the great information on science behind this easy color slime below.
HOW TO MAKE ELMERS COLOR GLUE SLIME
Elmers Color Glue slime is super easy to make and the best part is that the color is already provided for you! If you are looking for mess free slime making, with as few extra ingredients as possible, this recipe is perfect. Of course there is always going to be some mess with slime!
NOTE: You absolutely can buy these in other colors like our pretty in pink slime or our black and orange slime Additionally, you can make this easy slime recipe with clear glue, food coloring and glitter!
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The base for this slime uses one of our most basic slime recipes, just two ingredients which are washable color glue and liquid starch.
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COLOR SLIME INGREDIENTS:
As I mentioned above, you can use any of our basic slime recipes for this cool color slime, but we like this super quick, 2 ingredient slime recipe with the Elmers washable color glue. I will link the two products we used here with Amazon affiliate links.
- 1 Bottle of Elmer’s Washable Color Glue (any color)
- 1/8-1/4 cup of Liquid Starch such as Lin it or Sta Flo Brand (Note: We use Lin it brand in our video and use about an 1/8 of a cup. Sta-flo brand may require a bit more!)
SLIME Tip: Don’t have color glue but lots of clear glue? You can make this color slime recipe with clear glue, food coloring, and even plenty of glitter. It uses the same recipe. You can also use this same recipe with the Elmers glitter glue and the Elmers Glow In The Dark Glue too!
DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING GLITTER GLUE SLIME:
STEP 1: Start by adding your glitter glue to a bowl and grab a mixing utensil. The hardest part of making this color slime is getting all of the glue out of the bottle!
STEP 2: Start adding up to 1/8 cup of liquid starch and stir well until slime consistency forms.
Add in your slime activator, the liquid starch, to complete the chemical reaction to make slime. Add the activator slowly. For a single batch of slime 1/8 to 1/4 cup does the trick (depending on brand), but if you think it’s still too sticky, continue to add a few drops at a time until you find the consistency you want.
NOTE: Brands of liquid starch may vary. We have found less starch is needed using Lin it brand but more is needed with Sta flo brand!
If your slime still feels too sticky, you need more starch. Be careful, and add just a little at a time until you get the consistency you want. If you add too much liquid starch your slime will become stiff and rubbery. You can always add, but you can’t take away.
The first time you make slime usually needs some experimentation to find the slimy consistency that’s right for you. Slime making can be a bit like goldilocks finding the right bed or the right porridge. Some kids like it messier and some kids like it firmer.
SLIME TIP #1: Liquid starch slime may appear stringy at first but give it a few minutes!
SLIME TIP #2: We always recommend kneading your slime well after mixing. Kneading the slime really helps to improve it’s consistency. Slime needs to be kneaded 🙂
You will love how easy and stretchy this pink slime recipe is to make, and play with too.
STEP 3: Once you have your desired slime consistency, go ahead and play! How big of a stretch can you get?
This also makes the perfect slime party idea and/or party favor. Have the kids make a theme slime to go with the party!
See our slime container ideas for sending slime home.
SLIME TIP #3: If you are in the craft store or dollar store check out the vase fillers section. You can also add plastic animals, letters, spiders, and more to create unique themes! Dinosaurs, pirate treasure, princess, and tons more. Even create holiday or seasonal themes.
SLIME TIP #4: To get the best stretch, pull your slime slowly. You can read all about this in the science of slime. Pull too hard and your slime breaks fast! Many times this is why people don’t consider their slime stretchy enough.
SLIME SCIENCE, CHEMISTRY FOR KIDS, AND FUN!
We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here, and that’s perfect for STEM which is science, technology, engineering, art, and math. We have a brand new series out on NGSS science standards, so you can read how this will fit in nicely too!
Slime really does make for an excellent chemistry demonstration and kids love it too! Mixtures, substances, polymers, cross linking, states of matter, elasticity, and viscosity are just a few of the science concepts that can be explored with homemade slime!
What’s the science behind the 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 thick and stretchy like slime! That makes slime a polymer.
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!
SLIME FOR NGSS: Did you know that slime aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards? It does and you can use slime making to explore states of matter and its interactions. Check out NGSS 2-PS1-1 for more information!
ELMERS COLOR GLUE SLIME FAQ
Slime can last quite a while! 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. I love the deli style containers in my recommended slime supplies list.
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.
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