Fun with Slime


What is slime, and why does it feel so gooey? 

Slime is a special type of substance called a non-Newtonian liquid. It feels like both a solid and a liquid. Slime's special qualities are created by substances called polymers. It might sound complicated, but slime can be created with items from your own home. 

Slime can be made several different ways. Here we are going to make DIY Clear Glitter Slime using glue and borax. To make your own, follow along with us!

NOTE: Borax is toxic. Younger slime makers should only use borax in the presence of a responsible adult. Make sure to avoid getting borax in your mouth or eyes.

What You'll Need

  • Two glass mixing bowls
  • Mixing spoons
  • One bottle of clear school glue (7.625 ounces or 15.25 tbsp) 
    • Also, approximately the same amount of cool water.
  • Gel Glitter (Add to preference.)  
  • 1 tbsp Borax 
  • One cup of warm water 


Step One: Gather your supplies on a clean work surface. (See above.) 

Step Two: Add one bottle of clear school glue (7.625 ounces or 15.25 tbsp) to one of the mixing bowls.

1 Add Glue

Step Three: Fill the glue bottle and shake, then pour into the same bowl OR add approximately 7.5 ounces of cool water to the glue in the bowl. 

2 Add water

Step Four: Add gel glitter to your preference. 

3 Add Glitter

Step Five: Mix glue, cool water, and glitter well. 

4 Mix together

Step Six: Add 1 tbsp of Borax into a separate bowl. 

5 Add Borax

Step Seven: Add 1 cup of hot water to the Borax bowl. 

6 Add warm water

Step Eight: Mix well until Borax is dissolved. 

7 Combine

Step Nine: Slowly combine Borax and hot water, stirring thoroughly between each tbsp of Borax water added. 

9 Slowly add borax mix

Note: Check the consistency of your thoroughly mixed and kneaded slime between each tbsp of Borax water. A little goes a long way! 

Step Ten: Knead the slime to your preferred consistency and enjoy! 

9 Mix with spoon and hand-knead

Note: Do NOT eat the slime! Borax is toxic. Store it in a sealed container when you are done playing with it. 


Slime Crafts, Books, and Movies

Craft Books
Book cover of Karina Garcia's DIY Slime

Karina Garcia's DIY Slime by Karina Garcia

Create your own slime at home by following these 15 easy, borax-free slime recipes with step-by-step instructions. This book also includes tips on how to store your slime, and all the amazing things you can do with slime.


Book cover of Goo Makers

Goo Makers by Kelly Milner Halls

From magnetic slime to rainbow foam and bubble gum goo, explore the gooey, slimy, foamy side of science. Discover what happens when you mix different substances and why certain changes happen. Are you ready to get messy?


Book cover of 101 kids activities

101 Kids Activities That Are the Ooey, Gooey-Est Ever by Jamie Harrington

Let your creativity and your imagination soar with these colorful, fun recipes for slime, dough, clay, foam, mud and more. With 101 super cool activities (that are also super easy to clean up), you can try them all.


Book cover of slippery slime

Amazing Makerspace Slippery Slime by Cody Crane

Discover how to make fluffy slime, galaxy slime, magnetic slime, and even slime that glows in the dark.

Fun Story Books
Book cover of too much slime

Too Much Slime by Frances Gilbert

When oozing slime threatens to cover the whole town, residents work together to remove the menace, but is it really gone?


Book cover of Frankenslime

Frankenslime by Joy Keller

Victoria and her assistant, her dog Igor, set out to make amazing slime, but one night their creation unexpectedly comes to life.


Book cover of My Pet Slime

My Pet Slime by Courtney Sheinmel

Piper Maclane wants a pet so badly, but she is allergic to everything. So she creates her own out of slime. It has big eyes, a little mouth, and two arms just long enough for hugs. When a strange turn of events brings her slime to life, Piper learns how fun, challenging, and messy it can be to care for a pet, especially one made out of slime.


Book cover of Slime Shop

Slime Shop by Kevin Panetta

Bailey, Sophia, and Jayden run the Slime Shop but what the three slime makers do not know is that when they are not around, the slimes come to life. When the creators start shipping slimes off to unknown locations, the slimes left at the shop start to worry that they are next.

Slime Movies
Book cover of Walt Disney's Flubber


Brilliant but befuddled Professor Phillip Brainard is on the brink of inventing a revolutionary energy source and missing his wedding for the third time. He develops a miraculous elastic goo called Flubber that makes anything it is applied to bounce super high and fast.


Movie cover of the Absent-Minded Professor

The Absent-Minded Professor

Classic movie about a scientist who invents an anti-gravity substance he names Flubber that makes inanimate objects and people fly.


Son of Flubber

Son of Flubber

In this sequel to The Absent-Minded Professor, the scientist has now invented Flubbergas, and anyone who inhales it floats away.


Make Slime at the Library


Slime Factory — Thursday, April 25, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Newberry Branch

Slime Factory — Tuesday, June 25, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Newberry Branch  

Slime Factory — Tuesday, July 9, 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Newberry Branch  

Dungeon Slime — Thursday, August 29, 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Hawthorne Branch 

Descriptions adapted from the publisher.
By Lynda on April 23, 2024
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