DIY slime for kids
I admit, this is one of those projects that I’ve seen all of over the place and always thought “there’s NO way in the world I’m making that disaster-in-the-making mess with my boys!” When this month’s issue of Family Fun Magazine had a little blurb in it about DIY slime once again, I decided that maybe it wouldn’t be such a nightmare now that my boys are a bit older. So we dove right in, and suddenly I’m the coolest mom EVER.
ingredients for making homemade Slime
All you need to make your own slime is a 4 oz bottle of white glue, a small amount of Borax, some food coloring, and water.
child making diy GOO
Starting with a 1/2 cup of water in a bowl, add your entire bottle of glue.
kids mixing up homemade slime recipe
Add your food coloring and mix well.
borax in measuring cup
Heat 1 cup of water and add slowly add Borax 1 tsp at a time until it will no longer dissolve. I think we used about 4 tsp.
mixing borax into slime mixture
Pour your Borax mixture into the glue mixture and stir well.
wooden spoon pulling out of mixture looking gloppy
It will immediate start clumping up. This is where I noticed that my boys had completely failed in the “mix well” directions I mentioned earlier, and we ended up with lumps of uncolored glue mixture in ours.
kids hand molding diy slime into ball
Drain off the excess water and smush it around in your hands for a few minutes until it is no longer sticky.
homemade slime on childs wrist
Stretch it, squeeze it, mash it…make bracelets out of it?
Oh, and those unmelted and uncolored glue lumps? The more we played with our slime, they completely dissolved into the goo. Phwew, craft crisis averted!
kids playing with the easiest slime
See? No more lumps! We put ours in a plastic zipper bag, and it has kept for a few days already in perfect condition. In fact, it kind of gets better with age!
kids playing with the best slime ever
It’s extra stretchy now!
mint green slime for kids
Smooth as can be!
child playing with green slime in hands

Oh, and if you get an air pocket in there just right, you can disgust your mother with gross-out noises 😉



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  1. Hi! This looks awesome! I want to make this with 3 kids, would this make enough or should I double or triple the ingredients?

  2. Oooohhhh… what fun!!!

    Thanks for linking this project up with For the Kids Fridays! I appreciate you stopping by, and hope to have you back for this week’s party! I’ll be posting it later tonight.

    :)rachel at

  3. I love this stuff! My kids and I have soo much fun making it too! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

  4. I’m back with the High Five link! –

    Thanks again for the childhood reminder and the recipe.

  5. Cool. we always have borax around for laundry soap–now here’s something fun to try with it! I think I always shyed away from this project because i was worried that the borax was toxic, but it’s not like we’ll be eating it.

  6. I remember Gak as a child! Say goodbye to Play Doh in this house! 🙂 I think I’ll link this post on my weekly High Five! finds on Friday – I’ll comment again on Friday with the link for ya!Jamie @ hands on : as we grow