Let’s face it, kids LOVE anything that is mouldable, slimy and gross. They love to squish their little hands into something that is full of weird textures and colour. I remember playing with store bought slime growing up and you can still buy it at most toy stores and dollar stores. I’m not quite sure what is in the store bought stuff half the time though, so I feel much better being able to making my own homemade slime that is made with 3 simple ingredients that can be found in your own kitchen cupboard. The best part? If it (by chance) winds up in a child’s mouth…it’s ok! It’s completely harmless.
You can alter this homemade slime “recipe” to suit your own personal preference, colour and texture. It’s SUPER easy, takes only a few minutes and you can store in plastic zipped bags until you’re ready to use it again.
What You’ll Need
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 cups corn starch
- Food Colouring of your choice
- Optional: small toys or sparkles
How To Make It
- Make sure water is warmed either from the tap or gently warmed on the stove. I prefer to warm it on the stove to make sure it combines with the corn starch properly.
- Add desired amount of food colouring to water. It’s best to place the water in a clear bowl so you can see the colour you’re adding and easily adjust accordingly. Keep in mind that you want the water slightly darker in colour than you want the final slime product. It will lighten once you add to cornstarch.
- Slowly add water to 2 cups of cornstarch in another medium size bowl. Use your hands to manipulate and combine the water and cornstarch together until mixed through. If the mixture is too dry, add more warm water. If the mixture is too wet, add more cornstarch. Keep adjusting until you reach your own preference.
- The slime should feel slightly solid when you scoop, but go limp and gooey when you hold it in your hand.
- If you’re feeling extra adventurous, add small toys (such as plastic spiders, tiny animals) or sparkles to your homemade slime!
This is a great project to do with the kids on a rainy day! My kids think it’s so neat and they’re amazed at how the texture changes right in their hand.