Making slime is a hugely popular activity with the kiddos in the last few years. However, it’s always important to keep in mind general safety guidelines. We can show you how to make slime safely, but it’s up to you to decide of slime making activities are right for your kids. Our homemade slime recipes have been a real hit, and we would love to share our slime safety tips with you!
HOW TO MAKE SLIME SAFELY WITH KIDS
We have been making homemade slime for nearly 5 years, so we have a few tips and pointers on slime safety, what works, and what doesn’t work when it comes to slime! You can easily learn how to make slime safely with kids. but you need to be informed! (Little Bins safety disclaimer and liability release)
SLIME SAFETY IS OUR #1 PRIORITY!
Slime is science, and it’s a pretty neat chemistry project. However, with all science experiments especially those that produce chemical reactions, we need to keep in mind safety! Read slime science here…
I made a simple checklist that I will go into more detail about below. Feel free to download and handout to the kids! Show them how to make slime safely, and it’s a win/win activity.
Making homemade slime is great fun, and we love our simple recipes. Although we have never had a safety concern with making our slime recipes, you should always keep in mind the needs and abilities of your kiddos.
SLIME SAFETY TIPS FOR ADULTS AND KIDS
Follow these rules to make slime safely. If you are concerned with potential allergic reactions, please use caution. Consult with your doctor, use disposable gloves, or check out our alternative slime recipes.
We have 4 basic homemade slime recipes that all contain borax or some form of borons. This element is essential for forming slime. You will find these ingredients in borax powder, liquid starch, and saline solution or eye drops.
Slime is NOT borax free if it contains one of these ingredients: borax, sodium borate, or boric acid. Note: we do not recommend contact solution for making slime.
If you would like to see completely borax free slime recipes, click here! We have a fun assortment of non-toxic, taste safe slime recipes that provide an unique sensory experience.
Kids and adults with sensitive skin should use caution when determining the appropriateness of the recipe. Use disposable gloves when mixing slime or choose an alternative recipe. If you already are sensitive to laundry soaps, these slime recipes may cause further irritation.
Slime Safety Tip #1: ALWAYS MAKE SLIME WITH ADULT SUPERVISION AND PERMISSION
Kids, ask your adults if it’s OK to make slime! Adults, make slime with your kids! Learn the process and the ingredients. I highly suggest that you do not set your kids loose on YouTube learning from other kids. Often times I hear kids recommending slime ingredients they have never used. Slime is a chemical reaction.
Slime Safety Tip #2: DO NOT SUBSTITUTE INGREDIENTS
If you don’t have the right slime ingredients to get started, DO NOT substitute with different ingredients. Our slime recipes are formulated with specific ingredients in mind. We do not know the outcome of a slime activity with unknown ingredients.
Stock your pantry from our RECOMMENDED SLIME SUPPLIES list and you will have awesome slime every time.
Slime Safety tip #3: READ AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
As with any recipe, read the instructions and how to tips carefully and thoroughly. We have now added start to finish videos for each of our basic slime recipes filled with tips and suggestions including our favorite slime ingredients.
Measurements are important! There are certain ratios of ingredients that must be followed in order to produce the best slimy substance.
If you do not choose to follow the instructions given, I can not say how your slime will come out or what the results will be!
We have made our slime recipes over and over again with the instructions as written. Please follow them.
Slime Safety tip #4: DO NOT EAT SLIME (OR PUT HANDS IN MOUTHS OR EYES WHILE MAKING SLIME)
Slime making is all about chemistry! You are making a chemical reaction happen by mixing specific chemicals together! None of these ingredients should be eaten or even tasted! This also includes eating food while making slime, putting fingers in the mouth, or rubbing eyes while making slime.
If you have kiddos who are going to sample everything, I highly suggest you look through our collection of edible or taste safe slime recipes for kids.
Slime Safety tip #5: WASH HANDS THOROUGHLY AND DISINFECT WORK SPACE
Clean up, wash up! Always wash hands after making and playing with slime. Also make sure your workspace, bowls, and utensils are washed well and put away.
All slime ingredients should have lids on them and be properly stored so that they can not be reached by small kids who may put these items in their mouths.
Learn how to make slime safely with the kiddos and you will have tons of awesome science and sensory play activities at your finger tips!