What is it about kids and slime? From Flubber, to little figurines in clear gunk, to gunge tanks on popular children’s shows, to play-dough messes, to bouncing slimes, kids just can’t seem to get enough of the stuff. You may be able to handle the mess, and all the nasty things the slime picks up. But a major inconvenience with slime is that it can get expensive. After a while bits of it go missing and it shrinks, or it gets so full of hairs and crumbs that it won’t stick, stretch, or slide any more, or it gets exposed to the sun and dries out, losing all its bounce and flexibility. Well, the good news is: you can make your own slimes at home. It is pretty simple, not too expensive and, what is more, your kids will have great fun and learn all sorts of things about patience, chemistry, following instruction, developing creativity, and physics. These are our top ten picks for making your own slime.
Elmer’s Liquid School Glue, Washable, 1 Gallon, 1 Count – Great For Making Slime
For restocking your slime, you will need a lot of glue. You need to try and use one product consistently, as different brands have different compositions. A gallon jug of Elmer’s school glue is perfect, as the product is consistent and good value for money.
Biotrue Contact Lens Solution for Soft Contact Lenses, Multi-Purpose, 10 oz, Pack of 2
For easily moldable, non-sticky slimes, you will need something to prevent gooeyness. One of the best products out there to make your slime smooth, soft, and non-sticky, is contact lens solution. Once more, buying in bulk is really practical.
Foam Balls for Slime – Colorful Styrofoam Balls Beads Mini 0.1-0.18 inch （30000 pcs）- Decorative Ball Arts DIY Crafts Supplies For Homemade Slime, Kid’s Craft, Wedding and Party Decoration
Another great way of playing with slimes is to give them some texture. These colorful Styrofoam balls give a wonderful firm texture.
Glow In The Dark Pigment Powder – 12g – Neutral And Fluorescent Colors (Neutral Aqua) – 10+ Colors Available
A wonderful way to jazz up some slime is making it glow in the dark. Add to your galaxy mixes, or to generic slimes for a ghoulish or gross glow.
Elmer’s Liquid Glitter Glue, Washable, Assorted Colors, 6 Ounces Each, 3 Count – Great For Making Slime
If you want a different glitter mix, this one is a nice selection. The colors are sort of girly, sort of monstrous, and perfect for alien slimes.
Slime Storage Jars 6oz (12 Pack) – Clear Containers For All Your Glue Putty Making
Finally, increase how long your slime lasts by storing it properly. These tubs hold a reasonable amount of slime and protect it from drying out, collecting fuzz, or losing parts of itself.