DIY Slime Recipe (without Borax!)

Glittery slime with foam balls
Glittery Silver Slime with Foam Balls

Making slime is a fun activity that you can do at home with very few ingredients! If you’re a contact lens wearer, you might just have everything in your pantry/cupboards at home to make this DIY Slime with your family.

This recipe has been adapted from The Kitchn.

Goals that can be addressed with this activity:

  • Following multi-step directions
  • Tactile defensiveness
  • Sensory integration
  • Fine motor skills
  • Decision-making/self-advocating

How To Make DIY Slime with No Borax!

Makes: about 2 cups

Pink slime with foam balls
Pink Glitter Slime with Foam Balls

Ingredients

  • 2 (4-ounce) bottles washable school glue, such as Elmer’s (optional extra fun: Glow in the Dark glue or Glitter Glue!)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons saline solution (i.e., contact lens solution), divided

Optional add-in ideas (see note below)

  • 1 to 2 drops of liquid food coloring
  • 1/4 cup glitter
  • 1/4 cup styrofoam balls
  • 1/4 cup beads (great for fine motor skills!)
  • 1 to 2 drops of essential oil, fragrance oil, etc.

Tools

  • Measuring spoons
  • Glass or plastic mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Airtight container for storage
Colored glitter glues, loose glitter, eye drops, baking soda, slime ballz, scissors, and a mason jar
Materials we used

Instructions

  1. Color the glue (optional): Pour the glue into a medium bowl. Stir in the food coloring and glitter, if desired. This mixture doesn’t need to be perfect, as you’ll be mixing it more after adding the baking soda.
  2. Add the baking soda: Add the 1 tsp of baking soda to the glue mixture and stir until smooth.
  3. Add the contact lens solution: Pour in 2 TBs of the contact lens solution and stir slowly. The mixture should begin to thicken and get very stringy.
  4. Mix until ball forms: Continue mixing slowly until a ball of slime forms.
  5. Knead by hand: Pick up the slime and work between your hands, until smooth. If the slime is particularly… slimy, carefully work in another 1/2 tablespoon of contact lens solution as needed.
  6. Play: Once mixed, you can play with the slime immediately or store for future play.
  7. Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Multicolored slime with foam balls and glitter in hand
Multi-colored slime with different textures

Extra Ideas for DIY Slime:

If you are looking for even more fun to your DIY slime, try adding in one of the items listed in the add-ins list above, get creative, it’s yours after all!

If you are working on fine motor control and sensory processing, we recommend using the beads or other small items to create a “Find It” style game where they have to squish and move the slime around to get to the items/beads.

If you are working on articulation in speech, help your child stretch and shape the slime into different letters and work on the proper pronunciation of the sound.

The foam balls make a pop/crackle noise that is fairly pleasant for some, if your child has challenges with specific noises, be aware of this!

Note about glitter: If you are using glitter glue, you don’t need to use extra glitter (unless, of course, you want to). Do be careful with what type of glitter you use. We had a chunky “glitter” that we used for one of our trials and it ended up feeling pokey and unpleasant when played with. Use finer glitter, if possible.

Note about scents: When adding any kind of fragrance, be mindful of potential allergies. Also, be careful that your slime does not smell edible/like food if your child may be tempted to try it. Slime should not be eaten.

One Comment:

  1.   Slime  is a popular toy that kids (and adults!) love to make and play with. It’s just so satisfying to squish and stretch. 

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