Alyssa is a wife and mom who loves spending summer outdoors doing fun crafts and activities!
Playing with slime has been a favorite activity for decades. Back in the '90s, there were a few products that every kid begged their parents for: Nickelodeon Gak and Silly Putty. These provided hours of fun!
In recent years, the internet made making slime not only a trend, but also an art form all on its own. You can find hours of video of people creating all sorts of slime, from galaxy-inspired to glittery concoctions, and everything in between.
My son has wanted to make his own for a while now, and I was always a little hesitant. I don't regularly keep Borax and contact solution in the house, and I didn't want to have to purchase special products just to make a craft. When we do arts and crafts, I like to use what we already have to create something fun and unique.
My son recently convinced me to give slime-making a try. We used four ingredients we already had in the house, and I was pleasantly surprised at how fun this craft turned out to be. Our slime was a little science experiment gone right.
Below is the exact recipe we used to make our slime. This is more of a Silly Putty consistency: no stickiness, no mess, and a whole lot of fun!
- Glass bowl or plastic container
- 1/4 cup Elmer's white glue
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 5 drops of food coloring
- 1 small bottle of eye drops
Pour glue into a container. Add in baking soda and mix well.
Add in 5 drops of food coloring. Stir.
Slowly squeeze in eye drops, using a few drops at a time. Stir well. Continue adding in drops, kneading your slime. We used the entire bottle of eye drops to get a smooth, Silly Putty consistency. If you don't have eye drops, you could easily swap in saline solution or contact lens solution.
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We took our silly putty outside to minimize any mess making. Turns out, this doesn't make a mess at all! If you decide to keep your activity indoors, I recommend putting down some newspaper or a piece of cardboard to protect your counter top or table.
To keep your silly putty slime from drying out, store it in a large Easter egg.
© 2019 Alyssa
Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 19, 2020:
Thank you so much! Your creative additions sound like a lot of fun :)
BB on August 18, 2020:
This is the best slime recipe I’ve tried! I’ve been trying to do a no glue slime but I don’t think that is possible unless you have exact amounts and try it a billion times. Very pleased with it. Can do it in less than ten minutes!! Made it into a purple glitter slime and it turned out REALLY well!! It stretches soooooo much! It also works to blow bubbles with it! When you squish it hard it pops!BEST SLIME EVER!!
Alyssa (author) from Ohio on July 29, 2019:
Yes, slime is all the rage! My son loved doing this and it didn't make a mess like traditional slime does. I hope your sister enjoys the project! Thank you for stopping by!
Sherry Haynes on July 29, 2019:
I have a 7 year old sister who keeps watching YT videos about making slime. After reading this, I think I would encourage her to do this. Thanks for sharing it!
Alyssa (author) from Ohio on June 29, 2019:
Yes, typically they do. This was just a fun activity that my son convinced me to do and I was impressed with the results, so I wanted to share how to do it. :)
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 25, 2019:
These types of articles always do well on HP. Happy Earnings!
Alyssa (author) from Ohio on June 24, 2019:
Thank you, Peggy! I think the eye drops are what made this more of a silly putty consistency. It was a pleasant surprise!
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 24, 2019:
What a fun project for parents to help engage their children. The eye drops as an ingredient was a surprise.