6 fab recipes for homemade slime

Slime recipes to make at home
Get hands-on with slippery, slimy science with these recipes for making slime safely at home.

Basic slime

You will need: 

Cornflour
Water
Food colouring

Method:

1. Scoop a few big spoonfuls of cornflour into a bowl.

2. Add drops of water bit by bit until you have a thick slime.

3. Grab a handful of slime and squelch together. Keep your hands moving to keep the mixture solid. When you stop, the slime will change back into a liquid.

Glow-in-the-dark slime

This recipe is so simple but has amazing results. Switch off the lights and get the glow going!

You will need:

1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
120ml warm water
140ml clear craft glue
Glow-in-the-dark poster paint
Eyewash (it must contain boric acid and sodium borate)

Method: 

1. Squirt plenty of glow-in-the-dark poster paint into a bowl containing bicarbonate of soda, water and glue.

2. Stir in the paint and add eyewash, bit by bit. When the slime stops sticking to the bowl, it's almost ready.

3. Switch off the light and mix your slime with your hands. This slime works best when it's still gloopy. Don't forget to wash your hands when you've finished playing!

Glitter slime

You will need: 

45ml (three packets of) peel-off face masks (they must contain polyvinyl alcohol)
Glitter
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
Eyewash (it must contain boric acid and sodium borate)

Method: 

1. After emptying the face masks into a bowl, sprinkle in some glitter. Try adding different colours and sizes of glitter for extra sparkle.

2. Stir in the bicarbonate of soda.

3. Add splashes of eyewash until the slime starts to come together. Slime-making can take a bit of trial and error, so use your judgement.

Pompom slime

See-through slime looks even better when you accessorise it! Try out this cool way of adding colour and texture.

You will need:

1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
120ml warm water
140ml clear craft glue
Eyewash (it must contain boric acid and sodium borate)
Packet of mini pompoms

Method: 

1. Put the bicarbonate of soda and water into your bowl. 
2. Mix in the clear glue. Then stir in small amounts of eyewash until the mixture starts to gloop together.
3. Keep mixing until your slime forms a big, see-through ball with bubbles inside.
4. Empty a packet of pompoms into the slime. Fold them in using your hands.
5. See how far your polka-dot slime can stretch!

Unicorn slime

Go rainbow-coloured with this video tutorial!

Chocolate goo

Perfect for playing a trick on someone, this edible slime looks yucky, but tastes yummy!

You will need:

1/2 397g tin condensed milk
2tbsps chocolate sauce
1tbsp cornflour

Method:

1. Empty half a tin of condensed milk into a saucepan. Add the chocolate sauce and stir in well.

2. Mix in the cornflour and ask an adult to put the saucepan on a low heat. Stir until the mixture thickens. Transfer the slime into a bowl and leave to cool. A grown-up will be able to tell you when it's safe to touch.

3. Sieve cornflour over your slime. Sprinkle some onto your hands, too. This will stop it sticking to you quite so much. Then get in there and squish that slime!

All recipes taken from The Slime Book (£6.99, www.dk.com).