8 Different Types of Slime That Kids Can Make

Looking for the perfect hands-on activity for kids? These different types of slime are easy and super fun to create! Each recipe takes only a few minutes and brings ooey-gooey joy! Learn about chemistry through polymer bonds and more with these hand-picked, kid-friendly slime recipes.

8 Cool Slime Recipes for Kids

  • Visual aid of how to complete Cornstarch Slime
    Cornstarch Slime

    (Ages 5-11)

    If you’ve ever wondered why it might be hard to get out of quicksand, it’s because it can act like both a liquid and a solid. Cornstarch slime is a fun substance that does this too! When a substance like this has properties of both liquids and solids, they are called non-Newtonian fluids, which you’ll learn more about in this experiment. You’ll also explore what interactions make it go from one state to another. When you slowly press your fingers into cornstarch slime —stored in a Ziploc bag —it’ll feel like a liquid. But when you quickly press your fingers into it, it becomes as hard as a rock! Why do you think that is?

  • Visual aid of how to complete Fluffy Slime
    Fluffy Slime

    (Ages 5-16)

    Is your slime feeling mucky and dense? Could your slime use a little pep in its step? Try mixing together this special concoction and make fluffy slime!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Valentine's Day Flubber

    This Valentine's Day, nothing says "love" quite like a giant tub of flubber! Borax (sodium tetraborate) is a naturally-occurring mineral salt commonly used as a laundry booster or cleaner. As with any other cleaning product, it should be kept away from children not under direct supervision of an adult. Do not allow children to ingest Borax. If consumed, contact a poison control center immediately. Wash hands after play, as prolonged skin exposure may cause irritation.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Pot O' Gold Slime

    Create an amazing, oozing mix of ingredients that encourages sensory play. Don't worry about getting a little messy, because who doesn't like slime?

  • Visual aid of how to complete Homemade Slime
    Homemade Slime

    (Ages 3-11)

    My kids love cool (/ gross!) sensory activities, and so I'm always on the lookout for fun things to explore together. We've explored oobleck here before, and when I saw this project for homemade slime on this awesome site, I knew we had to check it out during the Halloween season.

    Borax (sodium tetraborate) is a naturally-occurring mineral salt commonly used as a laundry booster or cleaner. As with any other cleaning product, it should be kept away from children not under direct supervision of an adult. Do not allow children to ingest Borax. If consumed, contact a poison control center immediately. Wash hands after play, as prolonged skin exposure may cause irritation.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Golden Pirate Slime

    Yo-ho-ho! Lately we've had pirates, buried treasure, and high-seas adventures on our minds, so we decided to create golden pirate slime! Create an amazing, oozing mix of ingredients that encourages sensory play fun. Don't worry about getting a little messy, because who doesn't like slime? Bury little treasures inside your golden slime and dig them out!

  • Visual aid of how to complete Neon Green Ooze
    Neon Green Ooze

    (Ages 3-8)

    It's so fun to get your hands dirty and play with squishy, slimy, ooze! Here's how my son and I made homemade Gak. Since my son's favorite is green, he decided neon green was the perfect shade for his ooze.

  • Visual aid of how to complete Shamrock Slime
    Shamrock Slime

    (Ages 5-16)

    Create an amazing, oozing mix of ingredients that encourages sensory play. Don't worry about getting a little messy, because who doesn't like slime?


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