How to Make Slime


Slime is always popular with the kids and the reason is simple––because it's a lot of fun! It is cheap and easy to make at home, and can even be made by younger kids with the right care and supervision. As well as being fun, it's a tactile way to relieve stress. Pick one of the four ways below to make slime, each one different to match your time availability and budget.

Part 1
Making Basic Slime

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Be aware that this slime is poisonous if swallowed. Supervise children using the borax solution!. Measure out 1 tablespoon (15 ml) borax powder and 1 cup (240 ml) warm water. Add these ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Stir the mixture until the borax is completely dissolved.

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Choose any color food coloring you like! feel free to experiment with any color. Start with a few drops of food coloring, then stir. If you want the color to be brighter, add a few more drops of the food coloring. If you add a lot, the color may end up pretty dark and when you play with it, the color will dye your hands. You can also separate the glue mixture evenly into smaller bowls and make each one a different color, then mix them together.

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Dump the borax mixture slowly and a small bit at a time, because if you add too much, your slime will be hard and rip not stretch! Stir them together until it becomes your desired consistency, and doesn't stick to your hand. You will see the slime begin to form! If you chose to make smaller amounts of slime in separate containers, evenly divide the borax solution among the containers. Start kneading the slime with your hands at this point. It might be sticky, but keep mixing. Add more activator (borax) if needed.

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If it is too sticky, add more of the borax and water mixture until it gets to a texture that you like.

Part 2
Making “Living” Slime

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Add both ingredients to a large bowl. Stir them together thoroughly.[1] When making this type of slime (also known as oobleck) it's possible to make some substitutions for cornstarch.

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Place the bowl in the refrigerator and leave it there until the mixture is fully chilled (about one hour). The cold temperature will help the slime solidify and reach the ideal consistency.[2]

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Stir it well (as the ingredients will have separated again). Let the mixture warm up just enough so that it flows slightly.

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It can really be any size but the standard size is 1x6x6 inches (25x150x150mm). Run the styrofoam on your hair or on your carpet several times to give it a static charge.[3]

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Place the piece of styrofoam just in front of the slime before you start pouring. It should be about 1 inch (25 mm) away from the flow of slime. The static electricity will cause the slime to stop flowing and appear to take on a life of its own.[4] Wiggle the styrofoam around and the slime should follow it. Your kids will be amazed!

Part 3
Making Edible Slime

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Place the pan on your stove top. Add 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of cornstarch to the milk and stir until the ingredients are well-combined.[5]

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Set your burner to low and continue to stir the mixture constantly as it heats up. If you don’t stir continuously, the mixture may stick to your pan.[6]

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As it heats up, the slime will become more gelatinous and harder to stir. Once it reaches that point, remove the pan from the heat.[7]

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You can choose any color that you want! Green is always a classic, but experiment or allow your kids to pick a color.[8]

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Before you let your kids play with (and eat) it, let it cool down completely. The slime may stain surfaces, so make sure it's kept away from anything that stains easily or that you want to keep unstained, especially light colored objects.[9]

Part 4
Making Soap Flake Slime

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Carefully add the hot water to a large bowl. Measure out the soap flakes and place them into the container. Stir thoroughly until the flakes fully dissolve.

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Food coloring is optional, but it may make the slime more fun!

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This will allow the mixture to reach the desired consistency.

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It will begin to froth up as you beat it. It has reached the right consistency when it pours easily and becomes extremely slimy to touch.

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This slime keeps very well in an airtight container. Make sure you store it away from direct sunlight and heat.