Have you been searching for the perfect slime recipes to make slime with your kids? Have you come up short and been left with sticky or rubbery messes. You need the right slime ingredients to make the best homemade slime. And you need the best slime recipes using the right ingredients. Let us show you how slime making is done, and we show you how to make it live!

MAKE SLIME QUICKLY AND EASILY WITH KIDS!

What is the most important thing you need to make AMAZING slime? The right slime ingredients of course. This is the single biggest question I answer from readers everyday. What’s wrong with your slime? It’s probably in the ingredients you used…

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The right slime ingredients make the best slime hands down!

Borax powder, saline solution, and liquid starch are the slime activators needed to combine with the PVA washable school glue to form the slimy substance.

We have several recipes for all kinds of slimes. Check out the links below to see each recipe, and I will list all the ingredients here as well as everything we use to give them cool themes for holidays and seasons.

By clicking on each slime recipe below, you can see step by step pictures, videos, and read lots of helpful tips and tricks. There are printable recipe cards too. NEW! We are going LIVE on Facebook this year to share all of our slime making secrets.

BEST SLIME RECIPES FOR MAKING SLIME

The slime you see pictured here is made with the saline solution recipe, but I don’t want to limit you to just one recipe. All of our basic slime recipes will work just fine. Use the ingredients you have available to you and make any color you want!

We used clear PVA washable glue, food coloring, and plenty of glitter too! White glue works just as well but the colors will look a bit different.

Below is white glue slime with similar food coloring using the borax slime recipe. They are all versatile and easily interchangeable!

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SLIME RECIPE 1: LIQUID STARCH SLIME RECIPE

This is a quick, 3 ingredient slime recipe that never fails! We have been using this specific slime recipe for years. It doesn’t make the best crystal clear slime (more opaque), but it’s super versatile otherwise. Also great for large groups. Watch it live, click here!

SLIME RECIPE 2: BORAX SLIME RECIPE

The borax slime recipe is a true classic. You can read more about borax safety here. We prefer to use this recipe if we want a crystal clear slime using clear glue. It’s also perfect for highlighting your themed confetti if you don’t plan to use food coloring.

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SLIME RECIPE 3: SALINE SOLUTION SLIME RECIPE

This is the new popular method for making homemade slime, but it can be a little trickier. You need to have the correct saline solution for it to work. Look for boric acid and sodium borate as ingredients! This slime is also a bit stickier but super stretchy. You can fine tune the texture to your liking.

If you live in the UK or Canada this is the slime recipe for you.

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SLIME RECIPE 4: Fluffy Slime Recipe

Light as air, fluffy as a cloud. We show you how to adapt the saline solution slime recipe up above to make irresistible fluffy slime. Add any fun themes you want! Watch it live, click here!

 

EDIBLE/TASTE SAFE SLIMES

Borax-free slimes are a great alternative for kids who might want to taste the slime. However, they won’t have quite the same texture. You can read more about our different taste-safe slimes here.

SLIME SCIENCE!

We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here!  Slime is 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 slime science all about?  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…

You add the borate ions to the mixture,  and it then 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 rubbery like slime! Slime is 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!  Experiment with making the slime more or less viscous with varying amounts of foam beads. Can you change the density?

Did you know that slime aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? 

It does and you can use slime making to explore states of matter and its interactions. Find out more below…

HOW DO YOU STORE SLIME?

Slime lasts 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 I have listed 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 and labels as seen here.

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You will find everything you ever wanted to know about making homemade slime right here, and if you have questions, just ask me!

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Try more fun homemade slime recipes right here. Click on the link or on the image below.

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