The guide to making slime at home: fun for the whole family!

Here is our practical guide to understand how to make slime at home, following some quick recipes. In this way you will make your children happy, also involving them in the preparation and using easily available ingredients.

The slime is a very popular with youngsters game, but not only. It is nothing more than a kind of slimy paste that can be modeled at will, colored and nice.

There are several types on the market, but all use potentially dangerous substances, such as borax , used in many detergents, and vinyl glue.

Actually the original slime came into vogue in the 70s-80s. All those who were children in those years will remember Mattel’s first Slime , strictly green in color. Not to mention the famous character of  Slimer,  also green, the little monster of the Ghostbusters . Even today, children are crazy about similar products, which in the meantime have been renamed in a thousand ways, such as Skifidol, a very soft and sticky substance that you will often see on television commercials. Nothing to do, the children seem to be morbidly attracted to it.

Given that in recent years it seems to have returned to the fore, we want to follow the popular wave, but trying to make slime at home using simple and natural products.

How to make slime without glue

Let’s start with an easy recipe and see how to make slime with two ingredients . You don’t believe it, do you? Yet without resorting to glue we can obtain a discreet result, taking care of the health of our little ones.

You need to get:

Procedure :

  • Put the cornstarch in a bowl , creating a small crater in the center.
  • In another container, add the food coloring to the warm water and mix.
  • Then slowly pour the water into the cornstarch , creating a paste and mixing well with a spoon. Be careful not to let the lumps form.
  • Work the dough with your hands and then leave it for a few minutes in the freezer.

Slime that moves

If you want to get a slime that can move next to an electrostatic object, you just need to replace the water with oil. This can become a fun and educational game.

You will need :

  • 90 g of corn starch
  • 500 ml of seed oil.

Follow the same procedure as before, but let the dough rest in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

How to make transparent slime

If you want to make transparent slime , skip the dye step.

Alternatively you can also combine glitter or glitter, in order to customize the slime according to the preferences of your children.

On the other hand, those who also want to obtain a pleasant scented effect can pour a few drops of essential oil into the dough.

How to make slime with toothpaste

Another useful ingredient that will avoid using glue is toothpaste . Here are two quick recipes.

Toothpaste and corn starch

Get yourself:

  • 1 tube of gel toothpaste
  • 70 gr of corn starch
  • salt up .

Squeeze 1/3 of the toothpaste into a bowl and add a pinch of salt. Stir with a spoon and start slowly pouring the cornstarch.

You must obtain a homogeneous and well-compacted dough , also helping with your hands. You will understand that the slime will be ready when it has reached that typical elastic consistency.

Shampoo and toothpaste

Alternatively, you can use shampoo to replace corn starch.

Choose a creamy shampoo and pour it, together with the toothpaste, in a small container, in identical doses.

With a spoon, start mixing and proceed as usual. At this point let it rest in the freezer for 10 minutes.

How to make fluffy slime

Do you know what fluffy slime is? It is a type of slime much more slimy and elastic than the classic one, particularly loved by children.

Here, however, we are going to use both the glue and the beard foam, so be careful if you have too many small children.

Ingrediants:

  • bicarbonate
  • 3 tablespoons of shampoo
  • 1 cup of vinyl glue
  • 1/2 cup of shaving foam
  • food coloring.

Procedure :

  • In a bowl, combine the glue and the dye, mixing with a spoon.
  • Also add the shaving cream and continue mixing to obtain a homogeneous consistency.
  • Then pour in the baking soda and at this point you will notice that the dough will begin to thicken, also becoming elastic and rubbery.
  • To get a scented fluffy slime, all that remains is to pour the shampoo and mix well.

How to make slime with glue

If you still want to use the vinyl glue , perhaps because your children are a little older and therefore do not fear that they may ingest it by mistake, here is another version.

Ingrediants:

  • 70 gr of talcum powder
  • 150 ml of vinyl glue
  • food coloring.

How to proceed: 

  • Take a container and pour in food coloring and glue, mixing well with a spoon.
  • Slowly add the talcum powder, continuing to mix to avoid the formation of lumps.
  • As soon as the dough takes on its density, you can proceed with your hands, continuing to work until the desired consistency.

Edible slime

Have you ever thought about making a beautiful, fun but above all edible slime ? It could be a cute and original idea for a birthday or a special occasion for your children.

Get yourself:

  • 15 gr of corn starch
  • 420 ml of sweet condensed milk
  • food coloring.

Preparation :

  • in a small saucepan, pour the condensed milk and slowly add the cornstarch. Stir over low heat, until you get a homogeneous mixture.
  • When it starts to thicken, turn off the heat and add the food coloring.
  • Let it cool down and then let the children have fun.

Making slime with castile soap

Finally, let’s see a last recipe, all natural and ecological:

  • 100 gr of Marseille soap in flakes
  • 50 g of corn starch
  • half a liter of boiling water
  • food coloring.

Procedure:

  • Put the Marseille soap in flakes to dissolve in a bowl with boiling water.
  • When the soap has melted, add the dye and mix well.
  • Let it rest for at least 1 hour.
  • At this point, using a whisk, start mixing again, to obtain a slimy dough.
  • In the final step, add the cornstarch and stir constantly, until the mixture has thickened.

Useful tips

Once your slime is ready, take these small steps into account to avoid damage in the house.

First of all, you should know that if you leave it exposed to the air, in a short time it will become hard and therefore unusable. Always remember to close it in a transparent bag or box .

Also pay attention to where your children use it. It could damage delicate surfaces and has a tendency to attract hair and so on, so for example it should be kept away from fabrics, such as sofas and rugs.

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