Sunday, August 25, 2013

How About Some Spring Time Slime?

Okay, Come On; Lets Make Spring Time SLIME! 

That's right, SLIME!  Too advanced for elementary students?  Not if you have a future scientist sitting on your carpet.  I once had a four year old tell me he wanted to be a paleontologist and he pronounced and spelled it correctly.  

If you allow them to be exposed to a higher level of thinking there are some elementary students that will really surprise you with what they remember about chemical reactions and polymers.  No, I am not a scientist, I am a first grade teacher and enhancer of all future professions.  Think of it as a "Triple Play" because it is science, reading, and math altogether.  Oh Yeah, you can even squeeze writing in here for written observations of what happens and what sequences were things mixed in.  Okay, now that we are past all the protesting that slime is not science, let's get SLIMED!

Here are the ingredients you will want to use to make slime with your students:

1 teaspoon of borax

 Clear School Glue or

White School Glue or

Elmer's Glitter Glue


1 teaspoon of Borax
1/2 cup of Elmer's Glue
1/2 cup of water
Food Coloring (optional)
Mixing Spoon
Mixing Bowls


Mix 1 teaspoon of borax into 1 cup of water.  Stir it until the borax dissolves.  In a separate container, mix 1/2 cup of glue (or one bottle) into 1/2 cup of water.  You can add food coloring if you like.  I always add green unless I am using the Glitter Glue.  When you mix the two solutions together it creates slime and hours of FUN!  

If you use CLEAR Elmer's School glue you will get transparent slime.  If you use WHITE Elmer's School Glue you will get opaque slime.  If you use Elmer's Classic Glitter Glue you will get Glitter Slime.

How Does This Become Science for Older Kids?

Do different kinds of glue make the slime better?

How does changing the amount of the ingredients change how the slime comes out?

What happens if you store the slime in a container or outside of a container?

What are some polymers that are common things around you?


  1. Fantastic! Thank you for the idea and instructions. We will definitely be making some slime!!

    1. Hi Jodi, I'm so glad you are going to try out slime with your kiddos. Let me know how it goes!

  2. That is so cool! My 4th graders would go insane for that! Thanks for the idea! :)

    1. Hi Justin, Try it with your 4th graders and let me know how it goes...

  3. Fun for sure! I'll try making some on Sunday night!