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!
At the very bottom of this page find a variety of links for more slimy resources such as…
The benefits of making slime
Troubleshooting your slime
Best slime recipe variations
Tons of cool slime making videos!
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.
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.
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!
NOTE: EDIBLE/TASTE SAFE 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 RECIPE SCIENCE!
We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here. Slime really does make for an excellent chemistry demonstration that kids love! Slime is the perfect way to get kids excited about science 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 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!