I wanted to post a quick idea for a fun Halloween activity for the kiddos. I love activities like this because my husband actually did this one with the girls. Usually I am the hostess of our craft adventures but anything to do with slime, I figured he would be in. The recipe is super simple- here is what you do:
- 4oz Elmer's Glue (blue, clear or white)
- 2 teaspoons Borax
- Glitter (optional)
- Food Coloring
- Mix 4oz glue with 1 cup water.
- Stir in your coloring- either food coloring or if you can find glow in the park washable paint in a craft store that would be fun too. Just add a few drops according to how vibrant the color you want.
- In a separate bowl, mix 2 teaspoons Borax and ⅓ cup warm water. Stir until dissolved.
- Mix both bowls together and you have slime!!
Now don’t worry. Some people do not like to use Borax and that is completely fine. You can also use liquid starch and I have a great recipe for you here that requires no Borax.
You might want to use 1 teaspoon of Borax for a slimier consistency or use 2 teaspoons for a denser consistency. I used 2 teaspoons and mine came out nice and firm yet squishy- sort of like a firmer version of hair gel.
If you have fans of all things glittery in your house, you might add some of that. I had a green glitter stashed away from the Dollar Store and the girls LOVED adding that in. Just dump it on top of your glob and squish with your hands to blend it in. Oh one last little note- the color of glue you choose will make a difference in the color of your slime. Either way is nice but clear glue gives you truer color and a white glue will make the color slightly more pastel.
Time to play!!
Once the kiddos are finished you can just put it in an air tight container or a Ziploc and you are all done!
Here are a few other crafts you might enjoy:
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Just one question… please, bear with me, since english is not my primary language, so I may be loosing something in the translation…
The recipe says Borax… isn’t that like toxic for children?, I ask because I have a 3 year old girl who would absolutely love this (with lots of glitter) but I’m a bit reluctant to use borax… but the other recipe you give with corn starch doesn’t look quite as… Slimy!… thanks in advance…
Angelica- Borax can be toxic if consumed in large quantities. Just like other items you might have in your home- like fabric softeners and such. Borax is something I handle myself and I never leave the box out. It can be a skin irritant so you don’t want the kids playing with the box or ingesting it. I have not had any issues making slime but my children are always supervised with it and they don’t have access to straight Borax and they are obviously old enough to not put this in their mouth. So if yours is a little too young to understand that you might be better off skipping this activity :).
is there no other “saver” alternative for the borax? What is the purpose for borax, since I am not using it myself, never thought of it, however.!
These are such great ideas for fete’s, children’s entripeneur’s days, church fund raising and even making a $ or 2 along the way.
Sasolburg SOUTH AFRICA
Question: You refer to having a recipe for slime that uses fabric softener but then in the recipe, you list liquid starch as the ingredient. Can you replace borax for liquid softener and what would the quantities be for all the ingredients using fabric softener?
Hi Mary Ann,
Thank you for noticing- that was a mistake on my part. It is actually liquid starch not fabric softener. Unfortunately 🙁 So you do need to use either Borax or Starch to get the right consistency. Both are definitely not to be ingested so careful with very little people.
How much does this recipe yield and where can I find those fish? I’ve been searching all day!
If you have a chance to read the post for the fish slime, there is a list of items I used and links to all the sources. Simply click and you will be taken right to the page to order. The recipe makes one generous bag. 🙂
Anna Riling says
I followed this recipe exactly, but the slime doesn’t stretch at all. It kind of just break apart when you squeeze it. I used clear Elmer’s. Any ideas?
Break apart… Hm… You used borax? I found this little guy that says how to fix hard slime. He seems to think you may have added too much borax or not enough water. Should be a simple fix though. There are a few videos with solutions 🙂