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Even the best recipe requires the right ingredients! If you want to make slime, no matter what recipe you use, you need to have supplies ready.
You wouldn’t make a chicken pot pie without chicken or pie crusts, would you? No way! So don’t think you can get away with making slime without glue, borax, or other necessary ingredients.
You’ll want to keep your pantry stocked with the supplies I’ve listed below. That way, you’ll be ready for a rainy day when your kids are bored and you want to get them into an educational activity!
Of course, I suggest wearing a smock or apron while making slime, because it can get messy. And to save your floors, line your experiment area with newspaper or plastic.
But wait… What are the benefits of making slime?!
Is it not enough that it’s super fun and satisfying? Alright, alright. Here are the awesome benefits of making slime with your kids:
- Making and playing with slime is a sensory play activity. That means that you’re engaging and learning about all 5 of your senses. You can smell any scents that you add. You see the pretty colors. You hear the gross farting noise that slime makes when you squish it. You touch the slime and feel its texture, whether it’s creamy like cloud slime or bumpy like crunchy slime. And if you make edible slime, you can taste it, too!
- Making slime helps to build creativity and allows you to learn through exploration. When you add glitter, dye, and charms, you’re essentially making a unique work of art. And everything you add changes how the slime feels or how it acts when you touch it.
- Playing with slime encourages the development of fine motor skills and coordination, and making slime does that while you’re mixing and adding ingredients, too!
- Slime is messy play with easy clean up. Getting messy is great for children, and it really helps them to unleash their creativity.
- Slime introduces kids to the fun side of science and chemistry. That’s right: all those things you add together to make slime creates a chemical reaction that makes slime so fun to play with!
- Making slime together is a great way to bond with your kids. You can both laugh and play with the satisfying toy, and mix interesting new themed slimes together.
- Squishing slime relieves stress! Kids these days are more stressed than ever, and psychologists have even found slime to be helpful for kids dealing with anxiety or depression. Slime just might be a great addition to a time-out corner to help a kid in meltdown mode to center themselves again.
- Squishing and playing with slime might help picky eaters! Some picky eaters have a hard time processing different textures. Exposure therapy can help, and slime has a funny texture that might gross out your kids at first. But as they warm up to playing with slime, you might find they open up to eating different foods again.
- Slime helps to teach descriptive language. You can help your kids describe what they see, hear, feel, and smell as they play with their slime. Is it cold? Is the slime shiny? Is it bumpy slime?
So what supplies do you need to make slime?
At its essence, slime only requires a few supplies.
The simplest slime recipe looks like this:
- 1/2 cup of school glue
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of liquid starch
- 1/2 cup of water
But the simplest slime isn’t always the most fun. If you want to be able to make awesome slime with different themes, here are the slime supplies you need to stock up on:
A slime recipe
The best slime recipes are the ones that have cool themes! Here are some great slime recipe ideas:
Any school glue will do, and you can get glue in huge gallon jugs online! You can usually save a lot of money (and plastic waste!) when you buy in bulk like that, plus you’ll always know you have some ready for making slime.
Slime activators are a substance that chemically reacts with the glue to turn it into slime!
Here are the different kinds of slime activators:
- Borax. Borax is banned in some countries, but if you have it you can add it to water and mix in a little at a time to create your slime.
- Liquid laundry detergent. Slowly add it in.
- Contact lens solution and baking soda. These are both easy to find ingredients to use as an activator!
Slime add ins
This is the fun part! What you mix in with your slime will give it personality! Here are some super fun ideas:
One of my favorite add ins to mix into slime is chocolate slime charms. I sell a few different versions, but chocolate slime charms are very popular with customers and are perfectly cute and sweet!
If you want to keep your slime for longer than just one play session, you’ll want airtight containers. You can use tupperware or ziplock bags, but you will want more decorative slime containers if you plan on selling or gifting your slime. I offer round or heart shaped slime containers on Etsy.
Spoons and bowls will be helpful when you’re mixing your slime!
Available from your tap, water is part of most slime recipes, so be ready to grab some when needed.
Do you have the necessary slime supplies in stock?
With just a few simple supplies, you can turn a boring afternoon indoors into a slime party! Remember, making slime has a ton of benefits from educational to sensory to emotional, so don’t be afraid to dive right in. Start making slime now to reap the benefits!
Don’t forget to share this blog post with your friends so they can start making slime, too!
In the comments: What kind of slime will you make first? Share a recipe or photo of your slime below!