Are you looking for that super simple slime recipe that actually works and that you want to make with your kids? Here it is, and we think you will really like it. We know slime and the slime making process because we have been doing it for years. Check out the supplies, instructions, and even a video to get you on your way to making the easiest slime ever.
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Who would have thought, a simple slime recipe that actually works! The way we do things around here is simple, cheap, and fun. I’m not a rocket scientist and I don’t expect you to be one either. We just want to show you how to make an awesome slime inexpensively and easily.
I bet you are wondering all about which super simple slime recipe this one is, it’s our liquid starch slime recipe! Why do I love it? The supplies are easy to find, the measurements are easy, and it takes so little time to pull together!
SIMPLE SLIME RECIPE VIDEO!
Check out our simple to make liquid starch slime int his video. The colors, the glitter, even choosing white or clear glue, it’s all up to you!
Now, we also love our other 3 basic slime recipes. I think they are all pretty simple to make, and we have tons of practice making slime all year long. You will definitely want to consider making all of them to find your favorite. Fluffy slime is a must try. Saline solution slime is stretchy, and borax slime is a classic science project
SLIME RECIPE TIPS
The base for this easy to make slime uses one of our most basic slime recipes which is glue, water, and liquid starch.
Our easy, “how to make” slime recipes will show you how to master slime in 5 minutes! We have spent years tinkering with our 4 now 5 favorite basic slime recipes to make sure you can make the BEST slime every time!
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LIQUID STARCH SLIME SUPPLIES
3 ingredients and 3 simple measurements! It’s so easy to double or to halve depending on how many kids you are making slime with too.
Buy the gallon of glue of you can. The gallon of white glue is usually cheaper than the clear glue, but both make slime projects so much easier and less expensive than buying the single bottles. Check here for all our recommended slime making supplies and printable supply list.
Liquid starch is easily found in the grocery store laundry detergent aisle. Liquid starch is not spray starch nor can you make it from cornstarch. These are both comments I have received.
Additionally, you will find that Lin-it brand of liquid starch (which we like to use) is stronger than the Sta-Flo brand of liquid starch. Always start by adding the lesser amount called for in the recipe and adjust accordingly.
Food coloring and glitter are always a treat to add to your simple slime recipe and we have tons of tips for creating themes here. The regular little 4 pack of liquid food coloring bottles from the grocery store work perfectly. We love the neon colors set too. You can get a little fancier with the specialty food coloring you can check out in our recommended supplies list.
- 1/2 cup of Clear or White Washable PVA School Glue
- 1/4-1/2 cup of Liquid Starch
- 1/2 cup of Water
- Food Coloring, Glitter, Confetti, and other Fun Mix-Ins
- Grab Your FREE Slime Supplies Pack Here
SIMPLE SLIME RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS
Check out the pictures followed by the step by step instructions below. Beyond the instructions you will find slime making tips, storage tips, a a little bit of the science behind the slime. Read on!
SUPER SIMPLE SLIME RECIPE STEPS
There are really only 4 main steps to making this simple slime recipe, and all you need is one bowl!
- Measure 1/2 cup of glue and pour into a bowl
- Add 1/2 cup of water to the glue and mix well to combine.
- Add food coloring and glitter if desired. Mix well.
- Measure 1/2 cup of liquid starch (slime activator) and add to the mixture!
- Stir and mix your slime until it comes together which will move along quickly.
- Remove slime from the owl and knead with hands till smooth.
- Have fun with your slime!
- Store in a clean dry container with lid for continued play.
- Wash hands and surfaces thoroughly.
FUN MIX-INS FOR YOUR SIMPLE SLIME RECIPE
Yes, you can totally just enjoy adding food coloring and glitter! But what about theme confetti like this heart slime? How about adding foam beads to make a foam slime or fishbowl beads for crunchy slime? You can also add iron oxide powder for the coolest magnetic slime ever. The list goes on and on!
STORING YOUR 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 in my recommended slime supplies list here.
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 as seen here.
FUN SLIME SCIENCE
We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here. Slime really does make for 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 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! 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!
SLIME FOR NGSS: Did you know that slime aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards? It does and you can use slime making to explore states of matter and its interactions. Check out NGSS 2-PS1-1 for more information!
MORE SLIME MAKING RESOURCES!
Everything you need to know about making slime is below! Did you know we also have fun with science activities too? Click on all the pictures below to learn more.