Slime is the new big thing among kids and adult alike. There are thousands of recipes for slime you just have to be careful that they are safe for your kids. In just 5 easy steps, you can join in on the fun. Experiment with different colours and add fun items like glitter and beads! You can also use this as a sensory experiment for kids that need tactile and visual stimulation, read more here
There have been some concerns about using Borax as an ingredient in making slime, so we’ve got an alternative that is safer for kids – contact lens saline solution!
Slime is really fun and the making of it is quite an entertaining activity for kids. My girls 7 & 5 try to do it as much as they can. We have also bought some pretty inexpensive ones to try to replicate. Replicating slime is now our thing or coming up with the craziest contraptions we can.
- 12 oz of Elmer’s white glue
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Baking Soda
- 2 tablespoons of contact lens saline solution (or more, add as needed)
(NOTE: This is for a large batch. You can divide the amounts by 3 and make a smaller batch, especially if you want to test the recipe first. The contact solution binds the ingredients together.)
- Storage container/dishpan
- Glitter (Image Below)
- Beads (Image Below)
- Gemstones (nonadhesive)
How to Make Slime
- Pour 12 ounces of glue into a container to mix your slime in.
- Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of baking soda. Mix together.
- Add 2 tablespoons of saline solution.
- Mix the saline solution into your slime until it starts to form together
Now you have slime! Mould it into different shapes and have fun with different colour options. You can store the slime in plastic containers to use later, but it’s best and most fun to play with right after it’s made.
If your slime won’t stick together, try adding more contact solution so it bonds together better. If it is too sticky, you can add more baking soda. If it is too hard and not flexible, you may have added too much contact solution. Knead the slime and work it through your hands really well to see if it loosens up. If not, we recommend making a smaller batch of slime with 4 oz of glue and 1/2 tbsp baking soda, and then 1 tbsp of contact solution. Mix together and add more contact solution if needed.
PLEASE NOTE: Adult supervision is recommended for this activity. Although contact lens saline solution is a safer option than Borax, it does still contain Boric Acid, and should not be ingested.