DIY Slime

Looking for a great rainy day activity? DIY slime is sure to keep your kiddos busy when they can’t get outside for the day. It’s sensory play and when you add things to the slime, it’s perfect for imaginative play!

Photo of a child's hands squishing around homemade DIY slime that is yellow and pink.

We love sensory activities in this house. If you read my blog regularly (thanks, mom!) you’ll know that. I truly believe it helps my kids control their emotions and behaviors. I sense better behaviors in them if they’ve had sensory play that day and very little (or no) TV. Whether it’s play-doh, clay, shaving cream (they request that one A LOT), one of their sensory bins, the hair gel bags that sit on our back door, whatever. They usually request at least 1 a day. I rarely say no because I know it helps them regulate.

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So, with that being said, that is why I do so many sensory activities! And this one is no exception.

I used to make this all the time when I taught preschool, but for whatever reason, I never added color. No idea why. Seems so simple, right? Right.

Supplies for DIY slime

  • Glue (I used Craz-Art brand) Clear or white both work
  • Food coloring
  • Glitter (looks awesome in the clear slime!)
  • Liquid starch (in the laundry section of Wal-mart)
  • Popsicle/craft stick
  • Glass bowl
  • Sandwich bags for storing
Ingredients for diy slime - liquid starch, clear glue and white glue.

Directions for DIY slime

  • Empty the glue bottle into a bowl. Add the glitter and food coloring / paint and mix together (I used a craft stick).
  • Fill the empty glue bottle with liquid starch and add it to the glue / glitter mixture. I found that with the white glue I needed more starch than the clear glue, but generally speaking, it’s a 1:1 ratio.
  • Mix it all around until it’s all combined. You may need to add glue if the liquid starch doesn’t seem to be blending or add liquid starch if it’s too sticky.
Photo of child mixing up diy slime.

You could put other little things into this, too. Sequins, pony beads, whatever (obviously just be careful with choking).

A child's hands squishing into some pink and glittery DIY slime

My older son made some red and yellow and then loved mixing it. My daughter did clear slime with glitter and made hers pink and yellow and then mixed it together, too.

Photo of girl playing in pink glitter diy slime

I really like that it keeps them occupied and it’s an option other than TV.

Fun tip – if you happen to get some of it in someone’s hair, baby shampoo, water and a fine tooth comb really help in removing it without removing the actual hair. I’m speaking from personal experience, unfortunately.

Keep this stored in an air tight container (or sandwich bag). Or the garbage. I don’t judge.

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