Homemade Slime!

Homemade slime is toddler joy, as well as mine! ;)

Feeling the season change and enjoying some learning time with my little one, I have been inspired to do some early learning homemade projects for us to do together.

After making play-dough with essential oil, several weeks back, I couldn’t resist the idea of making homemade slime. And to my delight, this was so much more fun than making play-dough!!!

Those little bottles with the gooey slime, that you can buy in the candy-dispenser machines at the stores, will never hold the wonder like they once did.

Combining unique,  ingredients and mixing them together, discovering how they react to each other, is almost as fun as putting your hands into it.

I couldn’t keep my hands off. I had to remind him to, “share with momma”, hehehe!

It took less than five minutes to make and much less mess, than making play-dough. Not that I have given up play-dough over slime, just that it was a wonderful change.

And there is no play-dough remains in the nails!

Homemade Slime Recipe

One 8 oz bottle of Elmer’s Glue

One teaspoon of Borax

(You can find the borax in the laundry cleaning section at a traditional grocery store)

2 cups of water

*Optional Food Coloring

Store in an air-tight container or mason jar.

It may stick on clothes, but no worries, it comes off in the wash.

*We used 1 tablespoon of borax, but I just noticed that the original recipe called for 1 teaspoon, oops! The 1 tablespoon worked beautifully and even makes me wonder if it worked better? And no, my little guy doesn’t put things like borax in his mouth. But if you are concerned about it just keep a hawks eye on your wee ones! And maybe stick to the 1 teaspoon recipe :) *

Mix 1/2 cup of water and one 8 oz bottle of Elmers Glue (1/2 cup) into a bowl. Mix in a small dab of food coloring if you so choose. I used Wilton’s food coloring. Mix all three ingredients well.

In a separate bowl, mix 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of borax together. Combine well.

Combine the borax and water mixture with the glue and water mixture.Mix together until the slime begins to separate from the water.

Once slime has come together, you can pour out any remainder water.

Once all excess water has been disposed, you can begin to kneed the slime until it reaches a desirable consistency.

My  little side-kick.

Knead, knead, knead!

There it is!


 I had to force myself to put it away after a very long time at play!

What a delightful project to do with our little ones! I had planned on adding some essential oil to our mixture like I had done with making play-dough, but I was so absorbed into making our slime that I spaced it! I will try it next time!

Too easy not to make this at home!

Recipe credit here.

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  1. Pam September 20, 2013 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to try this… but wait who can make this with me? I need the grandbabies…. can you come for a visit and make this with me? I love the whole idea of it. I wish I had these kinds of recipes when you kids were growing up… they are too fun for words. I love the pictures and the precious “Side Kick” So sweet.
    Love you,

  2. Amy October 7, 2013 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    My boys are going to love this! They love that slime from the store.

    Hmm, I think I might get the stuff on Friday and do as a Science project next week.

    Thanks for inspiring me……

    Love Ya,

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