Homemade Slime

Making slime is one my kids’ favorite activities.  It’s really quick and impossible to mess up.  You just need a few basic supplies – glue, liquid starch, and food coloring.  We used two kinds of glue (white school glue and clear glue) so we could make two versions of slime.

Slime IngredientsTo make it, you just add equal parts glue and starch.  We don’t measure.  It’s not an exact science.  For each color you want you’ll need a separate bowl of glue and starch mixture.


Homemade Slime

Homemade Slime


School glue (white or clear)


Food coloring


  1. In a bowl mix equal parts school glue and starch. We don't measure, just eyeball it. It isn't an exact science. Have the kids mix up theirs with their hands. Then add a few drops of food coloring.

My kids add all the ingredients themselves.  They can make it start to finish without any help.  My son poured the starch into the glue bottle so he would have about equal parts without having to dirty my measuring cups.


Next you just add a few drops of whatever color of food coloring you would like your slime to be.  Here’s my youngest adding his food coloring to his batch.


Then they mix it up with their hands.  They just massage all the ingredients together.  It only takes a minute to get them all incorporated.  The food coloring sticks well to the slime and doesn’t really make much of a mess on their skin.  {What does get on them washed off really easily, though I never have them wear their nicest clothes when we’re playing with food coloring!}


You can see the white glue slime versus the clear glue slime above.  They have similar textures, but the clear glue looks more transparent.  The red slime above was made with white glue, while the green next to it was made with clear glue.

My kids can play with this stuff for hours.  We even keep it in a ziploc bag so they can use it over and over.  Way more fun than an hour of TV!




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