Updated: Mar 16, 2020
I can say with 100% confidence that this is the easiest slime recipe I've tried. Having worked at a science museum, I feel like I've tried them all! I've been around the block, and I hands-down prefer this method of making slime to any that involves using Borax and hot water. I can never get the Borax to totally dissolve, and who wants to manage hot water around a toddler? Not me. This method uses 3 ingredients (or 2, if you don't add food coloring). The finished product is reminiscent of the GAK that Nickelodeon used to sell, complete with "toot" sounds when air is trapped in the slime.
Liquid white glue (about 3/4 of the bottle)
Bowl for mixing
Spoon (I prefer plastic)
Liquid starch (about 2-3 TBS)
Have a towel (warm, wet towel works best) on hand for clean up while you work.
Me making is slime is like my grandmother making pumpkin pie. I've done it so much, that I don't really have exact measurements to offer you.
Pour about 3/4 of a regular-sized white glue into your bowl. I opted for disposable bowls and utensils.
Here is a warning: THIS ACTIVITY HAS A HIGH MESS FACTOR (during the process).
Add food coloring. Be sure to add the food coloring to the glue before adding the starch or the color won't mix in well.
Add about 2 tablespoons of liquid starch to the glue. You can always add more starch, so start with a lesser amount and add as you need it.
Start mixing. If you can let this sit for a minute or two at this stage, you will be better off when the messy mixing comes later.
Here is when things start getting messy, but it will clean up, so don't worry! The more that you work the slime, the better the product will be. Once you get the starch and glue initially mixed together, remove the slime and start working it with your hands. You can see bits of slime drippings on the place mat and on my son's hands, but once you get the slime finished to the desired consistency, you can roll the finished product over your hands and across the surfaces where it has dripped, and it will incorporate the rogue bits into itself. But, until you get to that point, you'll probably be using the wet towel to clean up!
This is great fun and a great sensory play activity!
Getting closer to the finished consistency. Remember, the more you knead it, the better it is. If you don't feel like you are getting anywhere, put the slime back in the bowl and add more starch. Or, you can pour a little starch on your hands (also useful for cleaning up your hands afterward if things got a little out of control!).
Yay, slime!! My son was elated!
This stuff stores beautifully for more than a week in an air-tight container or Ziploc bag.
This WILL wash out of clothing since the ingredients are washable!