What you will need

  • 4 oz bottle of Elmer's school glue
  • Water
  • 2 large glass bowls
  • Large spoon
  • Food coloring
  • Measuring cup
  • 1 teaspoon of 20 Mule Team Borax
  • Ziploc storage bag or air tight container

How to make it

First dump the whole can of glue into one of the bowls. Then fill the empty can up with water and add it to the glue. Add some food coloring and mix it well. In the other bowl mix the borax with 1 cup of water, mix until the borax is dissolved. Pour the water and borax into the bowl with the glue mixture, stirring while you pour. Remove the globs of slime that form and knead them in your hands til they become a thick, dry glob. This is your slime! Throw out the excess water. When you are done playing with the slime store it in an airtight container in the fridge.
Have fun!

Why it works

The polyvinylacetate molecules in the glue act like invisible bicycle chains drifting around in the water. The borax molecules (sodium tetraborate) act like little padlocks, locking the chain links together wherever they touch the chain. The locks and chains form an interconnected "fishnet," and the water molecules act like fish trapped in the net.

You can substitute

  • Liquid starch for water and borax.

How to make slime with Liquid starch

Put 2 parts of liquid starch in a bowl and add 1 part of glue. Stir until it becomes stringy. Let it sit for one minute and then stir in another tablespoon glue, drain off any extra starch.


Be careful not to get it on your clothes. If you do get it on your clothes, soak them in water before you put them in the wash machine. If you let it dry, the slime won't come off until it is soaked again.

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Sandra Aldrich said:
This is great, now I have a recipe at my finger tips...great picutes too!
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