Making homemade slime is an easy and fun sort of science experiment to keep the kids busy. Once you’ve mastered the basic technique, there’s no limit to the ideas you can come up with together.


Include it as an activity at your kids’ next birthday party. You can then give it away in party bags, or put together ready-made pots or DIY kits as gifts.

You can make plain colours in either pastel or bright tones, add glitter for a sparkle effect, or mix colours for unicorn, rainbow or other multi-tone variations.

To start you off we’ve come up with a few ideas: green alien slime, mermaid glitter gloop from a faraway deep-blue sparkly lagoon and marbled unicorn slime.

This slime makes the perfect sensory toy and is safe for little hands to make but do remember that it isn’t edible, so keep an eye on youngsters.

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Pink slime

Slime recipe

This method makes a ball of flexible slime close to silly putty in texture. It stays clean in your hands, making it a good choice for little kids. If you want your slime gloopier and more stringy, see the troubleshooter below.

Makes 1 small ball
Takes 10 minutes

  • 100ml PVA white glue (children’s craft glue or CE marked glue)
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • gel food colouring
  • 1-3 tsps contact lens cleaning solution (must contain boric acid)
  • glitter (optional)

1. Squeeze the glue into a mixing bowl (look for a bottle in a 100ml size if possible so you won’t have to measure it out). Add the bicarbonate of soda and mix well.

2. Add a drop or two of your chosen gel food colouring. Less colouring gives a pastel colour; the more you add, the brighter the colour. Mix until well incorporated.

3. Add 1 tsp contact lens solution and mix really well for a minute. Initially it will look like watery glue but as you keep mixing it will begin to turn to slime. You may need to add up to 2 tsp more contact lens solution – add it gradually until the texture changes. Once the slime begins to form, keep mixing and it will go stringy before coming away clean from the bowl into a ball.

4. Once it has formed, take it out and knead it in the bowl with your hands. It will be very sticky at first but after about a minute or so you’ll have a smooth and pliable ball and it should come away clean from your hands. Add glitter at this point, if desired, and work in with your hands. Store in a pot with a lid.

Blue slime

Slime troubleshooter

The exact texture of slime can vary depending on the glue, contact lens solution and/or food colouring used. Here are some tips for your science experiments.

Help! My slime is brittle – how do I make it gloopier?

Try adding less contact lens solution, mixing it in drop by drop until it just goes stringy and begins to come away from the bowl. Then knead.

I’d like fluffier slime

Try adding a small blob of shaving foam.

I’d like more slime

You can double or triple the quantities in the recipe.

My slime is too sticky, even after kneading

Try adding a drop more contact lens solution.

My slime won’t come together at all

Did you use saline solution? This cleans contact lenses but doesn’t work for slime. You need a branded contact lens solution with boric acid in it.

I want marbled or unicorn slime

Make in two or more different colours, add glitter if you like, and roll the batches of slime into rough sausage shapes. Stack next to each other then twirl together in a plait and knead.

Find more ideas in our guide on 3 ways with homemade slime.

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