3 Recipes for Homemade Slime

Published: April 18, 2020, at 7:34 a.m. PT

Last updated: April 18, 2020, at 11:55 a.m. PT

Child's hands squishing homemade purple slime, surrounded by all the tools used.

Does the thought of slime make you cringe? Are you reluctant to make a mess? Don’t let that stop you! Making slime at home is a super fun activity that keeps kids busily engaged, but there’s also tons of benefits to playing with slime.

Benefits of Slime Play

  • Encourages communication and language development
  • Builds fine motor skills like pinching, popping, poking, and pouring
  • Develops problem solving skills and promotes social interaction
  • Allows kids to explore sensory attributes like sticky, hard, crunchy, and wet.
  • Read more about the benefits of slime play.

A Few of our Favorite Slime Recipes

Liquid Starch Slime

Ingredients:

  • Clear or white glue
  • Water
  • Liquid starch
  • Optional: food coloring, liquid watercolors, and/or glitter

Directions:

  1. Pour a bottle of glue into a bowl.
  2. Fill the empty bottle up with warm water. Pour water into the glue in the bowl.
  3. Add any colors and glitter that you’d like.
  4. Add the liquid starch to the glue mixture a little at a time, stirring well between each addition.
  5. Knead the mixture well until it’s the right consistency.


Contact Lens Solution Slime

Ingredients:

  • Clear or white glue
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Contact lens solution (needs to have Boric acid as an ingredient)
  • Optional: food coloring, liquid watercolors, and/or glitter

Directions:

  1. Pour the bottle of glue into a bowl, and then fill the empty glue container with warm water. Add the warm water to the bowl and stir.
  2. Add about half a tablespoon of baking soda to the glue-water mixture and stir well.
  3. Add the extras you’d like – glitter, liquid watercolors, etc. Once again, stir well.
  4. Add about one tablespoon of the contact lens solution and stir until slime starts forming.
  5. Knead the slime until it’s the consistency that you like. If the slime is still a little too sticky for you, slowly add another tablespoon of contact solution.


Edible Marshmallow Slime

Ingredients:

  • 6 Jumbo Marshmallows
  • 1 TBSP Cooking Oil
  • ½ - 1 TBSP Cornstarch Powder

Directions:  

  1. Put 6 marshmallows in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Pour 1 TBSP of oil into the bowl.
  3. Microwave on high for 30 secs. Time may vary.
  4. Add 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch to heated marshmallows and mix.
  5. This mixture will be HOT so please be very careful! Eventually, as it cools, you are going to want to start kneading it and playing with it. You may want to mix in another 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch to thicken a little more. The more cornstarch you add, the stiffer it will get and be more like a putty!