Raise your hands if you love slime!
It was unseasonably cool and raining at our house the other day and we desperately needed a fun indoor activity to keep us all busy. Because let’s face it, one bored kid + another bored kid = one annoyed mom.
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My kids have been dying to make homemade slime, but we’ve just never gotten around to it. I know how to make it, I have all the supplies, we’ve just never done it. To be completely honest, I didn’t want to deal with the mess. I imagined slime to be super messy and incredibly hard to clean up but it was actually quite the opposite.
This recipe is for borax-free slime.
An informational update came out last year from Health Canada, advising against children and pregnant women using boric acid (borax) in any activity, including arts and crafts. It was found that overexposure to boric acid has the potential to cause developmental and reproductive health effects. It can also cause vomiting, headaches and skin irritation if used incorrectly. To safe save myself all of that stress, I decided to use saline solution instead.
This recipe is incredibly easy and super quick to make. We made 5 batches in just under 10 minutes total and it only takes 4 ingredients to make or 5 if you want to add a little sparkle. Clean up was a breeze too. Everything sticks together so well that the bowls were practically clean afterwards and there was nothing left on the counters.
The Easiest DIY Slime Recipe
What You’ll Need:
1/2 cup of water
5-10 drops of food colouring
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1 tbsp of saline solution
DIY Slime Directions
In a bowl, mix together glue and water.
Once dissolved, add food colouring and sparkles (if desired) and stir well.
Add baking soda and stir.
Add in the saline solution and mix well until you have the consistency of slime *.
Note: At first, the slime will be very sticky and hard to get off your fingers. After playing with it for a few minutes though, it will become less sticky and more manageable. Also, if you don’t wants the colours to get mixed up, do not put them anywhere near each other until they become a bit more tacky. As they settle, they spread and it’ll be impossible to separate the colours afterwards, hence the weird purpley colour you see in the pictures (it was actually pink).
The kids had so much fun playing with it. It kept them busy for over 2 hours. We stored ours in large ziplock bags. The next day, we took the slime out again for another couple hours. The texture was a little more rubbery this time but they still loved it.
Do you have a different slime recipe that you love? Comment below. I’d love to hear about it!