What is the easiest slime for kids recipe?

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How to make slime?

Slime (AKA goo, flubber, gak, and silly putty) is the newest creative fad! Slime is a great way for kids to explore different textures, feelings and consistencies. It is also a great project to begin teaching your kids basic recipes, following instructions, and working as part of a group. Plus, slime is just plain FUN!

Below we have included two of our favorite DIY Slime recipes that you and your kids can make together. Both are easy, fast, and yield great results. If you’d rather just buy some ready-made slime, skip to the end, where we’ve included a few best-selling slime suggestions.

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Glow in the Dark Slime Recipe (with Borax)

Wondering the easiest way to make slime with borax? This DIY kids slime recipe is super easy, it basically only requires combining and mixing the ingredients.

Ingredients (or should that be materials?)
1 bottle (at least 4 ounces) of clear or blue gel Elmer’s glue
3 tbsp of glow-in-the-dark paint (found in most craft stores – just look in the paint aisle)
Neon Green Food Coloring
2 tsp of Borax (found in most grocery stores – just look in the laundry detergent aisle)
lukewarm water

Combine the Elmer’s glue and 1 cup of room temperature water in a large mixing bowl. Add paint and food coloring, mix well. Adjust the amount of food coloring a few drops at a time until you reach the desired color. 
In a separate bowl, mix the 2 tsp of Borax and another 1/3 cup of warm water and stir continuously. If you want a stiffer slime solution, add more Borax until you reach the desired consistency.

How to make slime without Borax (DIY Silly Putty)

Ever wondered how to make your own silly putty? Prefer a slime recipe WITHOUT Borax or cornstarch? This is the absolute easiest DIY slime recipe – it’s literally only 2 ingredients. Kids can take part in making this slime recipe, as the ingredients can easily be mixed with the hands.

1 and 1/2 cups of clear glue
1 and 1/2 cup of liquid starch
Optional: Food coloring (depending on the color you would like your slime to be)

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with hands (best) or a spoon
If you would like to add food coloring, separate into smaller bowls and add only a few drops of food coloring to each bowl of slime. Mix.

Want more DIY slime recipes and ideas? Get creative! Try adding lotion, shaving cream, and other household ingredients to change up the texture and consistency. The most challenging part is how to make slime not sticky – we recommend experimenting with adding the glue a small bit at a time, and kneading thoroughly in between each time. Once you’ve mastered how to make slime less sticky, you’re kids will enjoy playing with it much more.

Did you know? The recent interest in slime has created a kind of hysteria; which has actually caused a measurable spike in sales for Elmer’s white and clear glues (a must-have slime ingredient).

Rather buy slime? Check out these bestselling slimes for kids:
Galaxy Slime

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Mars Mudd
Colorful, gooey slime  that is great for squishing, stretching, molding, and shaping.
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Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty, 3.2 Ounce, Liquid Glass
Crystal clear Liquid Glass Thinking Putty retains a cloudy appearance when it is manipulated, but quickly fades back to crystal clarity when it lies still. Stretches like rubber and bounces like a ball, made in the USA from silicone-based materials.
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Playfoam Combo 8-Pack
An amazingly squishy, absolutely no-mess play foam that doubles as a construction toy to develop creativity.
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We hope we’ve helped you learn how to make home made slime the best way!

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Remember, DIY slime is NOT be suitable for small children who might put it into their mouth. Please use adult supervision while making your own slime. We strive to bring you the absolute best DIY slime recipes and slime product reviews, but as always, be sure to verify manufacturers recommended age and other warnings. Smart-Toys is not affiliated with the manufacturers. We are participants in the Amazon Affiliate program, which means that commission from affiliate links helps to support this site’s mission at no additional cost to you. Read more about us here. Thanks for reading our guide to the best slimes for kids!