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

21+ Amazing Homemade Slime Recipe Ideas for Kids

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 is simply due to not following the recipe!  

SLIME INGREDIENTS

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
  • Water
  • 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 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 are 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.

SLIME INGREDIENTS:

  • 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)

INSTRUCTIONS:

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!

Get our basic slime recipes in an easy to print format so you can knock out the activities!

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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 taste safe marsmallow slime, jello slime, starburst slime and more!

FLUFFY SLIME

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.

CLEAR GLUE SLIME

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!

homemade slime

CLAY SLIME

You will love the texture of this clay slime or butter slime, super soft and moldable! Plus, it lasts for ages!

Homemade Slime Recipe : Clay Slime or Butter Slime

CLOUD SLIME

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!

CORNSTARCH SLIME

A super easy slime recipe with just 2 ingredients!

Stretchy corn starch slime for kids

GLITTER GLUE SLIME

2 simple ingredients and Elmer’s specialty glues make for some neat slime!

GRINCH 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!

Grinch Slime

PUMPKIN SLIME

Pumpkin slime in a real pumpkin made from pumpkin guts! You’ve got to try this fun slime recipe!

Pumpkin Slime

FLUFFY HALLOWEEN SLIME

Purple fluffy slime that makes the perfect witches brew for Halloween. Check out more fun spooky Halloween slime recipes!

CHOCOLATE SLIME

This homemade slime really does smell and look like chocolate!  Only you don’t want to go eating this fun stretchy slime.

FIZZING SLIME

Find out how to make fizzing volcano slime with a fun chemical reaction. The video is a must-watch.

FLOAM SLIME

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!

homemade slime

GLOW IN THE DARK SLIME

No blacklight needed for this awesome glowing slime recipe! Try it in two ways.

Homemade slime recipe : glow in the dark slime

SAND SLIME

Want to know what slime feels like with play sand added to the recipe? You will want to make it to find out.

homemade slime

PUTTY SLIME

This putty slime recipe is super easy make. It’s all about the slime consistency that makes this type of slime AMAZING! 

HARRY POTTER SLIME

Potion slime! A whole new take on the original slime recipe.

Harry Potter potion making slime activity for kids science and Harry Potter themed party activity.

SNOW SLIME

Can you make a slime snowball? Learn how to make snow slime with kids this season with one of these slime recipes.

How to make snow slime recipes with kids for easy winter slime themes.
Snow Slime Recipes

HOMEMADE SLIME TO ENJOY ANY TIME OF THE YEAR

Click below for more fun slime recipes for any holiday or season!

Get our basic slime recipes in an easy to print format so you can knock out the activities!

—>>>  FREE SLIME RECIPE CARDS