Now that the kids are home for summer, we’re doing lots of crafts – and making lots of slime! Here’s our favourite DIY slime recipe that you can make and play with this summer.
Do your kids love to play with homemade slime like mine do? Mine ADORE IT. There’s something about this gooey stuff that they love! We’ve made it a lot, and today I want to share the recipe that we always use.
Your kids can customize this recipe however they want with mix-ins like glitter, food colouring, sequins, foam beads and more. Scour your local dollar store or Amazon and get creative!
You can mix up a batch of this slime together and then store it in a Ziploc bag or airtight container and it will last for a few weeks. My girls love to squish it up in their hands, pat it on a table, mix their Shopkins in it, make shapes out of it… the list goes on!
We use a borax solution as our “activator” – the ingredient that creates the slimey texture – but if you don’t want to use borax, you can also try using eye drops. We find a borax solution to be the best way to get the texture we want, and we only ever use a minute amount to make our slime. I make the solution and store it in a lidded mason jar for future slime-making.
- 1 cup white or clear glue (white glue is easier to work with)
- a few pumps of foaming hand soap
- a few Tbsp of mix-ins (food colouring, glitter, small foam balls, sequins, beads etc)
- 3-5 tsp of activator (1 tsp borax dissolved in ½ cup water OR saline eye drops)
- In a large bowl, mix glue, hand soap and desired mix-ins.
- Start adding in the activator 1 tsp at a time, mixing constantly. Once the mixture gets too hard to mix with a spoon, knead it with your hands until it forms a soft but non-sticky slimey texture.
You can watch my kids’ video below to see them making different versions of this slime for their slime challenge on The DIY Kids YouTube channel!