It’s cold and gray. It’s Thursday. The kids have been pestering me to make slime all summer. So we went to Target and purchased a few things and made slime. Three different slimes each to be exact.
Elmer’s white glue, glitter glue, glow in the dark glue
shaving cream (not the gel)
contact solution (with sodium borate and boric acid as ingredients)
The first slime we made was the glitter slime. Now I know you can get all fancy and buy the glue and the glitter separately, but I’m lazy. So I used glitter glue (and I like that decision because I don’t have glitter EVERYWHERE).
It’s super easy to make (we used this same recipe with the glow-in-the-dark slime/glue too):
- Pour the entire bottle of glue into the bowl.
- Add 1/2 Tbsp of baking soda and mix thoroughly
- Add 1 Tbsp of contact lens solution to mixture, and put some on your hands.
- Use your hands to mix it together until slime starts to form.
- Slowly add more contact solution (if needed) to make the slime less goopy.
For the fluffy slime:
- Pour the entire 4oz bottle of white glue into the bowl
- Add 3 cups of shaving cream (we had more than 3 cups and ended up adding more contact solution)
- Add food coloring and mix
- Mix in 1/2 Tbsp of baking soda
- Add 1-1/2 Tbsp of contact lens solutions to mixture (plus some on your hands)
- Mix until slime forms.
I liked the fluffy slime the best, but the glow-in-the-dark slime was a big hit with Violet and Abram. (Again, we just used the glow in the dark glue. Thank you, Elmer’s!) My kiddos keep taking it into our half-bath (no windows) to check it out. I found TONS of recipes when I was looking and we just kind of put stuff together. You know…experimented. We also talked about things we’d like to try differently (less solution, maybe a borax solution instead of contact lens stuff, adding beads or styrofoam, etc.)
I was really worried about having a big sticky slime mess everywhere but these recipes weren’t goopy once it was thoroughly “activated” and my kids had a blast.