So, this slime thing.

My niece, Sienna, age 10, is a daily slime maker. Different colors, different textures, different ingredients. More importantly, her recipes don’t call for any unpopular ingredients like Borax which has been linked to skin burns.

She offered to sit down with me and rattle off all the ingredients and instructions for her three favorite slime recipes—right off the top of her head! It’s amazing what kids can remember if they deem it important enough.

Things to note:
You can use more glue than the recipes call for—it just depends on how much slime you want to make. Also, you need to follow the instructions in order, and mix in between each new ingredient, or your slime won’t come out right.

Storage:
Slime can be stored in an air tight container (plastic bag or Tupperware) for up to 30 days or until it’s got so much dirt and dog hair mixed in that it’s just downright disgusting.

Recipe #1: Fluffy Slime

Ingredients:

  • 4oz of glue (about ½ cup)
  • pinch of baking soda
  • 1 squirt of foaming hand soap or body wash
  • ¼ cup shaving cream
  • 1-3 drops of food coloring and saline solution.

Directions:

  1. Pour glue into bowl.
  2. Add one pinch of baking soda; stir.
  3. Add ¼ shaving cream; stir.
  4. Add 1-3 drops of food coloring (optional); stir.
  5. Add one squirt of foaming soap/body wash; stir.
  6. Adding a little at a time, put in one squirt of saline and mix. One more squirt, mix (don’t add too much or your slime will become stiff). Once the slime starts pulling away from the sides of the bowl, remove and knead with your hands. Done!
Recipe #2: Bubble Gum or Soft Serve Slime

Ingredients:

  • 4oz of glue (about ½ cup)
  • 1 pinch of baking soda
  • 2 spoonfuls corn starch
  • ¼ cup shaving cream
  • 1-3 drops food coloring
  • 1 squirt hand/body lotion and saline solution.

Directions:

  1. Pour glue into bowl.
  2. Add one pinch of baking soda; stir.
  3. Add two spoonfuls of corn starch; stir.
  4. Add ¼ shaving cream; stir.
  5. Add 1-3 drops of food coloring (optional); stir.
  6. Add one squirt of hand/body lotion; stir.
  7. Adding a little at a time, put in one squirt of saline and mix. One more squirt, mix (don’t add too much or your slime will become stiff). Once the slime starts pulling away from the sides of the bowl, remove and knead with your hands. Done!
Recipe #3: Floam Slime

Ingredients:

  • 4oz of glue (about ½ cup)
  • 1 pinch of baking soda
  • 1½ cups of Styrofoam balls (see note below on this)
  • 1-3 drops food coloring and saline solution

If you can find a package of Styrofoam balls (like ones inside a bean bag), great! If not, simply take three Styrofoam cups and blend them up in a food processor with a small amount of water until you can match the consistency of bean bag stuffing.

Directions:

  1. Pour glue into bowl.
  2. Add one pinch of baking soda; stir.
  3. Add 1-3 drops of food coloring (optional); stir.
  4. Adding a little at a time, put in one squirt of saline and mix. One more squirt, mix (don’t add too much or your slime will become stiff). Once the slime starts pulling away from the sides of the bowl, remove and knead with your hands.
  5. Put slime into a sealed plastic bag and set aside.
  6. If you need to blend Styrofoam cups, put into the food processor with a small amount of water. Blend until desired consistency. Remove Styrofoam balls from blender, strain out the water and pat dry with a paper towel.
  7. Add the Styrofoam to your slime and knead together with your hands until mixed. Done!

Sienna also says that the slime won’t stick to clothing or furniture and won’t leak color on your hands or other materials (if it’s made properly). Not sure if I believe either of those things, but it sure looks like fun! Enjoy!

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