If you’re struggling with a sticky mess, then you know how frustrating it can be trying to make slime on your own. Once you get your hands on the right recipes and material though, you’ll soon be on your way to making your own slime and gel. Homemade slime is on the easiest, quickest, and inexpensive ways to entertain your kids for hours at a time.
What Is Slime?
Slime is a cultural phenomenon that was originally created back in 1976. While Mattel produced the earliest versions of slime, slime has seen a resurgence due to how-to views taking over social media.
Why Do People Love Slime?
Other than the science behind slime, people love slime because they are able to watch it turn from a solid to a liquid again. Slime is satisfying to the eyes and can also be a great way to relieve stress.
What Are The Different Types of Slime?
Slime comes in a number of different shapes, sizes, and forms. The most popular types of slime are: glitter slime, cleaning slime, fluffy slime, popping slime, borax-free slime, and glow-in-the-dark slime.
How To Make Slime On Your Own
Instead of buying slime from the store, you can make your own slime with just 3 ingredients and it will only cost about $1 to make. While slime is easy to make, be sure to lay down the proper tablecloths or trash bags, because making slime may get a bit messy!
Slime only really takes three ingredients (plus food coloring if desired). The three ingredients include an 8 ounce bottle of Elmer’s white school glue, 2 tablespoons of contact saline solution, and 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
Making The Slime
To make your own slime, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Add glue and food coloring to bowl. Get a glass bowl and squeeze the bottle of glue into the bowl. Add your food coloring (option) and stir until the two substances have been mixed thoroughly.
Step 2: Add the baking soda and mix into the glue and food coloring. Stir thoroughly.
Step 3: Add one and a half tablespoons of saline solution and mix until the saline solution is thoroughly mixed in. If the slime is too “sticky”, proceed to add another half Tablespoon of the saline solution and the slime will progressively get more thick.
Step 4: Knead the slime using your hands. You will need to knead until the slime is held together.
Step 5: Place the slime in a container with a lid or in a zip lock bag.
Tips For Making Homemade Slime
Now that you know what slime is and you know how to make it, there are a few tips that can help you produce slime more efficiently.
- Use a plastic or glass bowl to make the cleanup process easier.
- For a thicker slime, use more saline solution. For a slimier texture, use less saline solution.
- For glitter slime, just add a handful of glitter.
- Also try adding in essential oils for smells or mini Styrofoam balls for a different form of slime.