You don’t need to be a kid to enjoy squeezing slime through your fingers, though who doesn’t love glittery, metallic and vibrantly colored slime? Make slime at home for gooey playtime silliness, to use in a science project or to occupy fidgeting fingers. Some slime recipes call for borax, a cleaning product found in the grocery store. Borax can cause chemical burns on your kids’ hands if the slime isn’t made right. Avoid burns as well as uncomfortable questions by making borax-free slime.
To make this fluffy cloud-like slime, mix a quarter of a gallon of plain white glue with 12 ounces of saline solution and 9 cups of shaving cream. Use food coloring or liquid food dye to make it any color you want. Saline can act as a diuretic, but unless your little ones are paste-eaters, they should be fine.
Dish Soap Slime
This slime is super easy to make, and it’s gooey and satisfying to manipulate. Just mix a cup of dish soap with 1-1/3 cups of cornstarch. This mixture doesn’t hold shape very well, so pick a different recipe if your kid wants to sculpt something other than pudding.
Make this simple goo by mixing toothpaste and plain white glue in equal parts. If the mixture is too stiff, add a little more toothpaste before it sets up and starts pulling away from your fingers. Bonus: this slime keeps kids minty fresh.
Liquid Starch Slime
Liquid starch slime is not good to eat, so save it for slightly older kids. This cool concoction acts like bubble gum — you can even insert a straw into it and blow bubbles. Just combine a cup of plain white glue with 3 ounces of liquid starch. Add food dye to the glue before blending it with the starch for a colorful option.
Keep your slime pliable by storing it in an airtight plastic bag or placing it in a decorative mason jar for Pinterest appeal.