Finding easy, fool-proof slime recipes is no joke. The internet is full of things that look magical but don’t work in real life so when Ellie said she wanted a slime birthday party to celebrate turning ten, I took the request very serious and called in the big guns: my science teacher/friend, Christine.
I was getting ready to host twelve 4th graders in my house (that did not have a kitchen because of the current remodel we’re doing), so there was no room for error. This had to work so a few weeks before the party, we set up a slime lab in her kitchen one evening, roped in dads and siblings, and tested slime recipes until we had things just right.
Then it was show time.
The birthday party was a sleepover so after breakfast that morning, I set up a few tables in the garage, covered them with emoji table clothes, and brought out the gallons of glue. We had three different recipes to create three different kinds of slime (a stretchy slime, a fluffy slime, and a slimy slime) with lots of add-ins and food coloring.
Before we headed out to the slime factory, I gave each of the girls three round stickers so they could create custom labels for their containers. I got these stickers and these small containers so they could take their slime home without making a giant mess in my house. (Side note: Once they made the slime, we brought them in and stacked them by the front door so they could grab them when they left. No one was allowed to play with the slime inside, because I have new carpet and a low tolerance for slime messes.
I never imagined I’d be sharing slime recipes on my blog, but I had people asking about the recipes so here we are.
Supplies (to make all three kinds):
-Borax solution (1 cup warm water + 1 tsp. Borax)
-slime add-ons (I ordered this set from Amazon.)
1. Combine equal parts clear glue and water (we did 1/2 cup of each) in a bowl; stir well.
2. Add 1 tsp. Borax solution. (stir fast!)
3. Add one more tsp. of Borax solution. (keep stirring!)
4. It’s going to be runny, take it out and work it through your hands until the texture you prefer. Don’t add food coloring to this one, it messed with the texture for some reason.
1. Combine in a bowl: 1/4 cup regular glue, 1/2 cup shaving cream, and 1/2 tsp. contact solution; mix well.
2. Add 1 tsp. Borax solution.
3. Remove from bowl and add a few squirts of lotion in as you work it in your hands.
4. If it gets tough, add more lotion. You can add food coloring or beads, glitter, etc. to this one.
1. Pour 1/3 cup regular glue in a bowl
2. Add 1 tsp. of Tide. (It should form pretty quickly, if it doesn’t add Tide one tsp. at a time until it does.)
3. Remove from the bowl, add a few squirts of lotion, and work through your hands. This one won’t hold add-ins well, but might be okay with food coloring.
All these recipes worked well in our test lab and in the garage EXCEPT for the few girls who were on the far end of the garage which was colder than I would have preferred. Their slime came together, but not easily and not like the other girls. Science and chemistry is weird, but this is just my warning to not make slime in a freezing cold garage if you can avoid it.
Okay, that concludes our slime party. Thank you for coming, have a nice day.
*DISCLOSURE: AFFILIATE LINKS USED.