By now, you’ve heard of slime – the concoction that kids across America are making out of common household materials like Elmer’s glue, borax and food coloring. Slime is not only a great science project for the kids to try this summer, it also makes an inexpensive and quiet fidget toy.
As a nanny and babysitter provider for the Bay area, we know how important it is to find fun activities for the kids this summer. Keeping the kids busy keeps them out of trouble and out of your hair. This Best Slime Recipe Ever is the perfect afternoon project the whole family can take part in, or one that older kids can do on their own. Little ones will still need some help putting everything together.
A few notes about making slime:
- While the ingredients are non – toxic, it is not for human consumption and parents and caretakers should make sure children don’t eat the slime.
- I made four batches of slime so I could have four different colors, each time I used the same recipe, the only thing different was the color I used to dye it. For some reason, the consistency was different with each color. Blue is the runniest, and yellow is the most solid. I’m curious is this has been anyone else’s experience. If so, please leave a comment below.
- Making slime is messy. Put kids in smock or aprons and cover work surface with parchment paper, butcher’s paper or some sort of covering you can throw away.
- Your hands may become a little stained due to the food coloring. It’s nothing to worry about.
- It doesn’t call for it, but I used warm water, the borax tends to dissolve more completely.
- My kid swears that only Elmer’s works, I’m not so sure, but why risk it. We buy Elmer’s by the gallon at Michael’s
- To achieve the colors shown here, I had to use about 20 drops of food coloring, anything more than that didn’t seem to make it any darker.
Best Slime Recipe Ever:
1 cup water divided
1/2 cup Elmer’s glue
1 teaspoon borax
Mix 1/2 cup water and borax and stir to dissolve, set aside.
Mix 1/2 cup Elmer’s glue and 1/2 cup water together.
Add desired food coloring and mix well.
Add in borax mixture and stir. It will set quickly. It’s easiest, and more fun, to pick up the slime and work in the water. This takes about 30 seconds to achieve a consistent product.
Stretch, pull, and play with slime.
Store in glass jars, Zip Loc bags or plastic containers. Slime will keep indefinitely if sealed tightly.
That’s it! Have a slimetastic summer!