How to make your own colorful slime
Tactile activities like slime are a fun and safe sensory activity for kids of nearly all ages.
What you will need:
- 12 oz. of white Elmer’s school glue
- 1 ½ tbsp. of baking soda
- 2 tbsp. of contact lens saline solution (or more as needed)
- A bowl or container for mixing
- A spoon or other stirring utensil
- Ingredients to personalize your slime (optional): glitter, confetti, washable paint, food coloring, etc.
- Add the bottle of glue to a bowl or other mixing container.
- Sprinkle with 1 ½ tbsp. of baking soda, and mix completely with a spoon.
- Optional: Add some glitter and/or a few drops of paint or food coloring if you want to make your slime a fun color. Mix it in completely. The more coloring you use, the brighter the color will be. For a pastel color, use just a tiny bit of a color.
- Add 2 tbsp. of saline solution. Mix this in until the slime starts to form together. Tip: Put some of the solution on your hands, and pick up the mixture and start kneading it. Get a grown-up to help with this part. It’ll be sticky at first, but mixing with your hands will help it get to a nice, stretchy feel.
- If the slime is still sticky after a couple minutes of mixing it with your hands, add a couple more drops of saline solution, and continue mixing it.
- Note: You can also make a smaller batch of slime following the same steps above, but using 4 oz. of glue, ½ tbsp. of baking soda, and 1 tbsp. of contact solution.
Now that you’ve made your slime, here are some ideas for things to do with it!
- Mold it into shapes: Try using cookie cutters to cut new creations.
- Add texture like beads, glitter, confetti, or gems (it’s easiest to add these before you mix in the saline solution (or during the third step above).
- Mix two different slime colors together for a cool marble effect. Can you make the Amazon orange?
- Use letter magnets to make imprints in your slime. Can you write your name?
- For younger kids, put the slime into a plastic bag so they can play with it without risk of it ending up in their mouth.
- Store your slime in a plastic container, but keep in mind it’s best to play with when fresh!
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