How to make slime

Call it gak. Call it slime. Just don’t call it messy, because this amazing stuff is easier to clean up than playdough and offers as much tactile fun as the dreaded finger-painting. So if you have found yourself saying, “I am not THAT mom, the one who does craft projects,” this is one that might be worth changing your tune for.

On a recent sick day, Julian and I made slime, and then thought it was hilarious to pretend our slime was a spilled smoothie. We staged a photo with an overturned cup.

How to make slime

Don’t worry, folks, this stuff peels right up and can be rolled into a ball!

We followed a recipe for making slime shared by our preschool director.

How to make slime: the ingredients

What you need:

1- bowl
2- teaspoon
3- tall canister or cup
4- measuring cup

I’m pretty sure you have these things in your house. Now when I say you need:

5- food coloring
6- Borax (a certain type of laundry powder that can also be used to kill ants, hmmm)
7- 4 oz of white glue (the size of container in the picture is 4oz, you can buy bigger sizes too)

I know it sounds like a pain because you may not have these things, however you can find them at Target (or get ‘em now from amazon, links provided). Pick them up next time you shop, and store them for a time when you feel a surge of “I’m willing to try an unfamiliar project” energy. Or, assign the whole activity to Grandma on her next visit.

{They also sell all the gak ingredients as a kit}

Instructions:

Empty glue into canister. (Rest assured, it does wash out easily.)

How to make slime: putting it all together via rookiemoms

Add an equal amount of water to glue, along with a few drops of food color, if you like, and stir.

Making slime via rookiemoms.com

Next dissolve a teaspoon of Borax in water. We used a cup, but it seems like half a cup would have been fine.

Making slime via rookiemoms.com

Now, add colored glue solution to bowl and mix. This is the grossest-looking step.

Making slime: almost done!

After the slime began to form, I encouraged Julian to put his hands in there and begin squishing it together. I figured if it was a failure at this point, he was at least getting some gooey pleasure out of it. I quickly realized we could just pour out the excess water and we now had ourselves a hunk of slime.

Making slime: mixing it up via rookiemoms.com

Fun things to do with slime:

  • Put small plastic animals, chunky beads, or pennies inside (for kids who won’t swallow those things.)
  • Roll it into a long snake and make letters
  • Cut it with scissors
  • Stab holes in it with a plastic fork (protect your table first!) and watch the holes melt away

Things not to do with slime:

  • Drop it on carpet
  • Eat it
  • Get it on upholstery (not tragic, but inconvenient.)
  • Leave it out. (Store your slime in a resealable bag in the fridge.)

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.