How to Make Slime

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Sometime last year, a slime trend started taking over the country. Suddenly kids everywhere were obsessed with making slime, playing with slime, and collecting slime. Slime has been around for a while, but the revival was really something! There was glitter slime, fluffy slime, crunchy slime, and every kind of slime in between. The great thing about it is that it’s really easy to make. And it’s so entertaining for kids! Messy, sure, but the best parts of childhood usually are, right? If your kids have been bugging you for their own batch to squish, here’s how to make slime that will keep them busy for hours.

Making slime is actually pretty easy. We prefer the ones that don’t use Borax, so here’s how to make slime with regular ol’ contact solution!

You’ll need just three ingredients: school glue (white or clear works fine), baking soda, and contact lens solution. Make sure the contact lens solution has boric acid and sodium borate listed in the ingredients! The Target brand works great, and it’s only $6.99 for a two-pack.

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Start by pouring about 6 ounces of glue into a bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and mix thoroughly. If you want to add food coloring or glitter, do it now, before adding the contact lens solution. Next, slowly add your contact solution, a couple of squirts at a time. It’s hard to say exactly how much you’ll need, but start with two squirts and stir your slime. You’ll notice it start coming together, but if it’s still watery or loose, don’t fret! Just add contact solution as needed until it begins to form a ball. Once it’s starting to come together, get your hands in there and start kneading! It make take a few minutes for it to fully form.

And that’s it! But you can make all kinds of slime. Here’s how to make slime that’s fluffy like cotton candy.

For fluffy slime, you’ll need a couple more ingredients. In addition to the glue, baking soda, and contact lens solution, you’ll need water and a can of shaving foam. Make sure it’s foam, not the gel cream!

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Start with 2/3 cup of glue in a bowl, then add a teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 cup water, and stir. Next, add 2-3 cups of shaving foam, and mix thoroughly. Add your food coloring. Now, as with the regular slime, slowly add your contact solution in batches. Stir between each batch, and once it starts to come together, knead with your hands. Fluffy slime is quite a bit messier to make than regular slime, but the consistency is so cool. Just keep in mind, the fluffiness only lasts for about a day, even if you store it in an airtight container.

So that’s how to make slime! Super easy, super fun for kids, and a great way to keep them occupied and entertained.

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