If you’re looking for a fun, inexpensive activity for your children to do on a rainy day or an alternative to craft kits that use toxic ingredients like borax and glitter, try making slime from white glue. It’s easy to make, and it will provide hours of fun for kids and adults alike.
The first step is to gather your materials. You will need white school glue and water. You can also add food coloring, paint or soap colorants to the white glue to create different colors of slime.
Mix the glue and water in a large bowl. Be sure to wash your hands before you start mixing the glue and water. This will prevent the glue from containing dirt and germs that could be ingested.
Next, place about 1 tablespoon of borax in a cup of water. Stir it until the borax dissolves completely.
You can also substitute contact lens saline solution for the borax. However, you should note that contact lens solutions may contain sodium borate, which is an ingredient that isn’t recommended for children to ingest because it can cause eye irritation and breathing problems.
When you’re ready to make your slime, add the borax solution to the glue and water mixture in the bowl and mix until all of it is dissolved. It will take a few minutes for the slime to form, but it’s worth waiting!
If your slime is too sticky, you can use a liquid starch to help it become smooth. A 1/8 to 1/4-cup dose will do the trick, depending on the brand of liquid starch you’re using.
Another option is to add a few drops of shaving cream to the glue and water. Shaving cream isn’t necessary for this recipe, but it will transform the texture of your slime!
It’s best to use a non-gel type of shaving cream, such as Smartly. Gel-based shaving creams are difficult to mix and will result in lumpy, clumpy slime.
You can also try adding a few drops of colored foam beads or glow powder to the glue and water for more visual interest. Just be aware that this will add to the weight of the slime, so you may need to use more water than usual when you make it.
Once your slime is done, you can store it in an airtight container for at least a week before it loses its fluffiness and becomes rubbery. It will keep longer if you store it in a ziplock bag or plastic container.
To make it even more fun, you can try heating the slime in the microwave and kneading it to turn it into a volcano slime! You can also mix this slime with Styrofoam pieces from a packing box to create more crunchy textures.
You can make a lot of slime with this recipe, so be sure to keep an extra supply on hand for when guests visit. Just remember to wash your hands before and after you play with it!