How to Make Slime or Flubber

Slime, flubber, whatever you want to call it, has been a fun entertaining craft project for kids for years. Kids never get tired of this stuff, and it is very easy to make from a few common household ingredients.

To make slime, you will need:

  • School glue
  • Borax
  • Water
  • Food coloring

You can make slime in small or large batches. For one or two kids, in a container mix together 3/4 cup warm water and 1 cup white school glue. Add a few drops of food coloring.


In another container mix together 2/3 cup warm water with 1 1/2 teaspoons of Borax (Borax is a powder you can find in a box in the laundry section of your grocery store).

Mix the Borax mixture into the glue mixture. Let your kids work it together with their hands. It might be a little runny at first, but will absorb the extra water. Store in one large or several sandwich-sized ziploc bags. Will store well for about a month.


Note: If the slime gets on your carpet or upholstery, it will come right out if you catch it right away. If it goes unnoticed for awhile it will dry and be harder to get out. Straight white vinegar and a scrub brush should get it all out. It is best to have your kids sit at the table while playing with it and not walk around the house with it.

This also makes a great group activity that you can even prepare ahead of time (see photo). To take this craft to a church picnic, I pre-measured the glue into gallon sized ziploc bags.

For each batch I used two water bottles, one with the water and food coloring combined, and one with just water. The Borax needs to be stored separately, so I measured it out into condiment cups with lids. When you are ready to make the slime, pour the colored water into the bag of glue first, and mix it around a little bit. Next pour the pre-measured Borax into the bottle of plain water. Shake it up a little and then pour this mixture into the glue bag. Instant slime!

You can have fun trying out different colors of food coloring. You can even find food coloring in neon colors, which makes for great colors of slime!


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