Kids don’t have to be scientists to make this homemade slime recipe. Glue, water and borax give little hands a workout for hours of fun.

This project is literally ‘hands-on.’ It’s all about being able to squish, squeeze and stretch this crazy stuff. The more it’s handled, the less sticky it becomes.

Slime is super easy to make—even for kids. It requires little supervision and only a few ingredients, which are best to have lined up and ready to go. Providing separate measuring cups for each mixture is helpful, too.

When using food coloring, be sure to cover your work surface to prevent stains. If you’re a little hesitant, liquid watercolors or tempura paint would be good alternatives.

Store slime in a plastic resealable bag or container. Keep it in the fridge to prevent mold—it should last a few weeks or more.

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Homemade slime recipe

How to Make Homemade Slime
  • glue mixture
  • 4 oz (½ cup) white glue
  • ½ cup water
  • spoon or craft stick
  • food coloring
  • glitter (optional)
  • borax solution
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp [url href=”″ target=”_blank” title=”Borax powder”]borax powder[/url]
  • plastic resealable bag or container
  1. To make glue mixture, pour glue then water into a bowl. Stir to mix, using a spoon or craft stick. Add a few drops of food coloring. Glitter can be added for a marbled effect, if desired.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix water and borax together. Slowly stir in glue mixture. As slime starts to become elastic, remove from bowl with hands then knead until pliable.
  3. Place in a plastic resealable bag or container and store in fridge to prevent mold.
Food coloring stains can be removed with cleanser or bleach. To remove dried slime, soak in water.

Homemade slime recipe