How to make slime

If you’re the parent of a tween, or maybe even a younger child, you might have heard about slime. But how do you make it?

My daughter has become something of an expert on slime making recently. There are lots of recipes and videos out there, but these are the ones my daughter uses. Her slime is apparently so good that people actually want to buy it.

Once you’ve mastered it, you can have fun with different colours, different consistencies and adding more glitter.

Slime doesn’t last forever and needs to be stored in an airtight container (not in the fridge!). It also needs to be played with regularly or it will get too sticky. If it does start to get too sticky, you can just add a bit more contact lens solution at any time.

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Regular slime

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of PVA glue
  • Teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • Food colouring or acrylic paint (optional)
  • Contact lens solution
  • Glitter/ small beads (optional)

Method:

Keep mixing the glue, bicarbonate of soda and food colouring or paint (paint gives a more vivid colour than food colouring) until it reaches a smooth consistency. Then add a few drops of contact lens solution and keep adding it gradually until the slime doesn’t stick to you at all. Add glitter and small beads to decorate.

 

Fluffy slime

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of PVA glue
  • 1/2 cup of shaving foam (or you can add more)
  • Teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • Food colouring or acrylic paint (optional)
  • Contact lens solution
  • Glitter/ small beads (optional)

Method:

Keep mixing the glue, bicarbonate of soda and food colouring or paint until it reaches a smooth consistency. The more shaving foam you add, the fluffier your slime will be. Then add a few drops of contact lens solution and keep adding it gradually until the slime doesn’t stick to you at all. Add glitter and small beads to decorate.

 

Butter slime

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of PVA glue
  • 1/2 cup of shaving foam (or you can add more)
  • Teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • Food colouring or acrylic paint (optional)
  • Contact lens solution
  • Daiso clay
  • Glitter/ small beads (optional)

Method:

Make as regular slime and once you’ve finished, add Daiso clay and fold it in, before mixing it even more.

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Clear/ translucent slime

Ingredients:

  • Cup of clear PVA glue
  • Teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • Contact lens solution
  • Glitter/ small beads (optional)

Method:

Mix as regular slime above. Translucent slime doesn’t necessarily need food colouring/ paint to give it colour, glitter is usually enough.

 

Americans add Borax (20 Mule Team brand) to clear glue to make the slime properly clear. This doesn’t appear to be available in the UK, so ‘clear’ slime in the UK is only translucent rather than truly clear, because of the bicarbonate of soda.

(My daughter thought she’d ordered Borax online, but it turned out to be a Borax substitute, which didn’t work in the right way.)

 

Slime doesn’t work brilliantly the first time, it might take two or three attempts to get it just right, but it’s fun trying! And if you need any help, there’s a million videos on YouTube and Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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8 Comments

  1. Very useful post for lots of people I’m sure! I’m quite glad my two haven’t got into this but if they do, I’ll be back to look up the recipe!
    Nat.x

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    • Thanks very much! Using the cups to measure is useful because you always get the proportions right, whatever the size of cup! x

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  2. Great recipes. This is something kids want to make and it’s not always easy to get it right xx

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    • Thanks very much. These recipes seem to work very well once you’ve got the hang of it! My daughter makes it in no time now. x

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    • I’d never thought about teachers making it! I haven’t actually made it myself, I’m just an interested observer!

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    • Good luck to him! Apparently there are many more different types of slime too! Her attempt at ‘jiggly slime’ didn’t go well.

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