The holidays don’t stop when school’s out! One of my favorite holidays is the 4th of July, so of course we have to make clear glue slime perfect for the occasion. The red, white, and blue is a natural choice for this totally patriotic day. Make sure to check out all our 4th of July STEM activities including this awesome homemade slime!

MAKE CLEAR GLUE SLIME FOR KID’S CHEMISTRY!

Easy 4th of July slime recipe with our simple homemade slime recipes using saline solution, borax, or liquid starch! Learn how to make clear glue slime perfect for 4th of July Science Activity or Patriotic Activities for Kids.

Slime makes for awesome science and is perfect for creating a holiday theme or too. We are approaching summer so it’s time to pull out the 4th of July themed science and STEM activities. This is a great time to learn how to make clear glue slime!

Since slime is chemistry it makes a great chemistry activity and demonstration for the kids. Plus, homemade slime is so much fun to play with and makes a great tactile sensory play recipe.

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CLEAR GLUE SLIME FOR 4TH OF JULY!

We have been making slime before slime was the latest craze. Here, we love to try out new recipes and create new themes to share with you. Holidays, seasons, and special occasions all can have fun slime!

Over the last few years, we have perfected a few recipes that make slime making super simple to do at home or in the classroom. Find all our best slime recipes here!

Our slime making recipes can use either the washable white glue or the washable clear glue from Elmer’s. Honestly this is the best glue we have tried for making slime that comes out right every time.

HOMEMADE 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…

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KEYWORD RECIPE

I always encourage my readers to read through our recommended slime supplies list and How To Fix Slime Guide before making slime for the first time. Learning how to stock your pantry with the best slime ingredients is easy!

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1/2 cup Clear or White PVA School Glue
  • 1 tablespoon Saline Solution (must contain boric acid and sodium borate)
  • 1/2 cup of Water
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • Food coloring, confetti, glitter, and other fun mix-ins (CHANGE FOR RECIPE)

 

No more having to print out a WHOLE blog post for just one recipe!

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

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MAKE CLEAR GLUE SLIME FOR RED, WHITE, AND BLUE THEME!

For our red, white, and blue theme {perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July, or any patriotic holiday}, we chose to use Elmer’s clear washable glue with plenty of food coloring and glitter. Check out another version of 4th of July slime here.

SALINE SLIME RECIPE

I always encourage my readers to read through our recommended slime supplies list and How To Fix Slime Guide before making slime for the first time. Learning how to stock your pantry with the best slime ingredients is easy!

If you need to use a different basic slime recipe, click on the choices below:

SUPPLIES FOR MAKING 4th of JULY SLIME

Make sure to read through our recommended slime supplies list to see all the products we like to use. Also, check out 4th of July slime with confetti! At the bottom of this page find a printable recipe too!

NOTE: We made three batches and swirled them together! Want a fluffy 4th of July slime version, click here.

  • 1/2 cup Clear or White PVA School Glue
  • 1 tablespoon Saline Solution (must contain boric acid and sodium borate)
  • 1/2 cup of Water
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • Food coloring, confetti, glitter, and other fun mix-ins 

HOW TO MAKE 4TH OF JULY SLIME:

STEP 1:  In a bowl mix 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup of glue well to combine completely.

STEP 2: Now’s the time to add (color, glitter, or confetti)! Remember when you add color to white glue, the color will be lighter. Use clear glue for jewel toned colors!

You can never add too much (ADD IN )! Mix the (ADD IN) and color into the glue and water mixture.

STEP 3: Stir in 1/4- 1/2 tsp baking soda.

Baking soda helps to firm and form the slime. You can play around with how much you add but we prefer between 1/4 and 1/2 tsp per batch. I get asked all the time why do you need baking soda for slime. Baking soda helps to improve the firmness of the slime. You can experiment with your own ratios!

STEP 4: Mix in 1 tbsp saline solution and stir until slime forms and pulls away from sides of the bowl.   This is exactly how much you will need with the Target Sensitive Eyes brand, but other brands may differ slightly!

If your slime still feels too sticky, you may need a few more drops of saline solution. As I mentioned above, start by squirting a few drops of the solution onto your hands and kneading your slime longer. You can always add but you can’t take away.  Saline solution is preferred over contact solution.

STEP 5:  Start kneading your slime! It will appear stringy at first but just work it around with your hands and you will notice the consistency changes. You can also put it in a clean container and set it aside for 3 minutes, and you will also notice the change in consistency! 

SLIME TIP:   We always recommend kneading your slime well after mixing. Kneading the slime really helps to improve it’s consistency. The trick with this slime is to put a few drops of the saline soluti9n onto your hands before picking up the slime.

You can knead the slime in the bowl before you pick it up as well. This slime is stretchy but can be stickier. However, keep in mind that although adding more activator (saline solution) reduces the stickiness, and it will eventually create a stiffer slime.

You will love how easy and stretchy this clear glue slime is to make, and play with too!  Once you have your desired slime consistency, time to have fun!  How big of a stretch can you get without the slime breaking?

STRETCHY SLIME vs. STICKY SLIME 

Which slime is the stretchiest? This slime recipe is by far my most favorite slime recipe for stretchy slime!

A stickier slime will be a stretchier slime no doubt. A less sticky slime will be a firmer slime. However, not everyone loves a sticky slime! As you continue to knead the slime, the stickiness will lessen.

Tinkering with the baking soda and saline amounts will change the consistency of the slime to thinner or thicker. Keep in mind that any recipe will come out just a bit different on any given day. This is really a great chemistry experiment, and one of the things you will learn is that slime is meant to be stretched slowly.

 

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.

We have the best resources to look through before, during, and after making your (KEYWORD) slime! Make sure to go back and read the slime science above too!

  

 

MORE SLIME MAKING RESOURCES!

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

AWESOME 4TH OF JULY SLIME RECIPE FOR KIDS!

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

liquid starch slime homemade recipes

 

No more having to print out a WHOLE blog post for just one recipe!

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

—>>>  FREE SLIME RECIPE CARDS