Love to play with slime? We have the best slime recipe for you that makes AMAZING stretchy, oozing slime. Read on to find out what slime ingredients you need and how to make slime with glue. Also check out tons of cool slime ideas you will want to try. Slime really can be an amazing science experiment too!
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE SLIME
HOW DO YOU MAKE SLIME
If you had told me that I would be making slime so easily, I wouldn’t have believed you! I never knew how easy slime was to make until I tried it. Pick up the materials for slime at the grocery store and get started with making slime today!
I use our slime recipes below all the time. If you follow the directions and use the recommended ingredients, you’ll have awesome results too.
Many of the slime failures I get from readers are simply due to not following the recipe!
Slime making is chemistry and involves a chemical reaction between the slime ingredients being mixed, PVA glue, and a slime activator. Check out the full list of slime activators you can use!
The right slime ingredients plus a great slime recipe makes for easy slime!
The main slime ingredients you will need:
- White or Clear PVA School Glue
- A Slime Activator (must contain some form of borax, sodium borate, or boric acid)
- Shaving Foam
- Food coloring, glitter, confetti, and other fun mix-ins
Note: All these favorite homemade slime recipes include some form of borons and are not truly borax free including saline solution and liquid starch. If you are sensitive to these ingredients, please check out our borax free slime recipes.
IS SLIME SAFE?
Slime is a chemistry experiment and should be treated with respect. Do not substitute slime ingredients or change the recipes. Read more… Is slime safe?
Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after playing with slime. If your slime gets a little messy, it does happen, check out my easy tips for how to get slime out of clothes and hair!
If you are sensitive to any of the slime ingredients or just want a taste-safe slime recipe, make sure to check out our edible slime recipes.
BEST RECIPES FOR SLIME
We have several basic slime recipes for making slime that is easy to master and fun to do with kids. We use these recipes all of the time! Each of them uses a different slime activator.
Once you have mastered these easy slime recipes, there are tons more cool slime ideas you will want to try!
Try one of the neat homemade slime variations below to mix up your slime-making time!
HOW DO YOU STORE SLIME?
Keep your slime clean and in a sealed container when you are not playing with it! Many of our slime recipes have lasted for months or until we decided to make a new slime.
—-> Deli-style containers are our favorite but any container with a lid will work including mason jars in all sizes.
EASY SLIME RECIPE
Make our favorite slime recipe! This is our most versatile homemade slime recipe and one of the easiest to make without the need for borax powder.
Want to make slime with borax powder? Click here for our 3 ingredient borax slime recipe.
Important! The saline solution in this recipe must contain sodium borate and boric acid to properly activate the slime. Make sure to read the bottle’s ingredients! We use Target Brand Up and Up for Sensitive Eyes for the best results.
—> You can read more about the slime supplies we use and recommend here.
- 1/2 Cup of Clear or White PVA School Glue
- 1/2 Cup of Water
- 1-2 TBS of Saline Solution
- 1/4- 1/2 TSP of Baking Soda (more for white glue and less for clear glue)
- Glitter and Food Coloring
- Fun Mix-ins (see plenty of suggestions below)
STEP 1: In a bowl, mix water and glue together.
STEP 2: Add baking soda and stir well. We have found that white glue generally makes a looser slime while clear glue makes a thicker slime.
STEP 3: Add food coloring and glitter or confetti as desired and stir.
STEP 4: Add saline solution, starting with just one tablespoon. Mix well until the slime forms and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
TIP: At this point, squirt a bit of saline solution onto your hands and pick up the slime. Continue to knead and play with the slime until desired consistency is achieved.
The slime will be the most stretchy and potentially the stickiest when it is first mixed because the chemical reaction is still taking place. Be careful to not add too much extra saline solution.
Find out about the science of slime here!
Printable Slime Recipe Guide
MORE COOL SLIME RECIPES
Once you have made the basic slime, you will want to try so many other fun and unique slime recipes! Our top slime recipes below are our most popular slime recipes of all time and we have had fun making them again and again!
Click on the titles below to get the full slime ingredient list and step-by-step instructions for each recipe.
Looking for edible slime recipes? Try a taste-safe marshmallow slime, jello slime, starburst slime, and more!
If you are only going to try one slime recipe then this would be it! Slime with shaving cream has to be the best fluffy slime recipe around for the lightest and fluffiest slime to play with.
Make slime that is crystal clear or looks like liquid glass. Yes, it is possible! We have two different ways to achieve clear slime! Check out the video!
You will love the texture of this clay slime or butter slime, super soft and moldable! Plus, it lasts for ages!
Instant snow is cool on its own but when you add it to slime, you get an AMAZING slime experience!
Check out how to make your own fake snow!
This a super easy slime recipe with just 2 ingredients!
2 simple ingredients and Elmer’s specialty glues make for some neat slime!
Definitely our most popular Christmas slime! You will love this green glitter slime to go along with your favorite movie. Check out more Christmas slime recipes!
Pumpkin slime in a real pumpkin made from pumpkin guts! You’ve got to try this fun slime recipe!
Purple fluffy slime makes the perfect witches brew for Halloween. Check out more fun spooky Halloween slime recipes!
This homemade slime really does smell and look like chocolate! Only you don’t want to go eating this fun stretchy slime.
Find out how to make fizzing volcano slime with a fun chemical reaction. The video is a must-watch.
Make homemade floam easily with just one additional item. We turned our floam making slime project into a bit of a science experiment too. Check out the video!
No blacklight needed for this awesome glowing slime recipe! Try it in two ways.
Want to know what slime feels like with play sand added to the recipe? You will want to make it to find out.
This putty slime recipe is super easy make. It’s all about the slime consistency that makes this type of slime AMAZING!
Potion slime! A whole new take on the original slime recipe.
Can you make a slime snowball? Learn how to make snow slime with kids this season with one of these slime recipes.
HOMEMADE SLIME TO ENJOY ANY TIME OF THE YEAR
Click below for more fun slime recipes for any holiday or season!
- Fall Slime
- Halloween Slime
- Thanksgiving Slime
- Christmas Slime
- New Years Slime
- Valentine Slime
- St Patricks Day Slime
- Easter Slime
- Summer Slime
- Winter Slime
Get our basic slime recipes in an easy to print format so you can knock out the activities!
Printable Slime Project Bundle for Kids
This is the ULTIMATE collection of slime recipes every kid wants to make! Explore the best recipes and find the right supplies to make slime time a breeze!
Perfect for kids of all ages, including tweens and teens! Taste-safe recipes are perfect for the youngest slime fans.
- The Ultimate Slime Guide contains all the specialty recipes you or your kids want to make! You’ll find all the best tips, tricks, hints, and slime-y info in almost 100 pages!
- The Ultimate Slime Holiday Guide covers all the best holidays and seasons with special themes and slime-y projects!
- The Ultimate Borax-FREE and Taste-Safe Slime Guide shows you how to make all the best borax-free, taste-safe, and non-toxic slimes kids love, such as marshmallow slime. These recipes do not use chemical activators such as saline solution, liquid starch, or borax powder, making them truly borax-free.
- The Ultimate Slime Coloring Book is an easy-to-print coloring book kids will love! Color and design your favorite slimes!
- The Slime Starter Guide is a fact-filled information guide with everything you need to know to make the best slime ever!
- Slime Science Project Pack helps you turn slime-making into a science lesson!