Easy recipe for slime brought to you by our preschoolers

Slime is the ultimate sensory experience! Our preschoolers have a simple slime recipe for you to try in your home or classroom.

As promised on my facebook page, I am sharing my secret recipe for making slime or gak or whatever you want to call it. There may be a difference in those terms but I don’t know what it is…

Our not so secret recipe

My recipe isn’t really my secret alone – it is a recipe I have used for years so it is tried and tested by preschoolers all over…

Gather the ingredients

The recipe is simple…

One Part Elmers Glue

One Part Liquid Starch

A few drops of food color of your choice to add some color!

(For each pile of slime you see in these photos we used 1/2 cup of glue and 1/2 cup of liquid starch)

Tips for making it great

Begin by pouring your liquid starch into a bowl…

Next, add your glue…

Add a colorful effect

To make it colorful, add a few drops of food color (or whatever you choose to make color with) we used food color gel…

Mix it up

Now stir it up until it starts to all blend together. The glue will tend to clump and separate and it will look runny and feel runny. This is okay – just keep stirring. We used a plastic spoon and stirred for about 1 or 2 minutes…

Knead the slime mixture

Once it is pretty good and mixed up, use your hands and knead the glue into the starch some more. Yes, this will feel slimy and sticky right now – but it gets better.  Have a bucket of water handy with a towel to rinse hands and dry them…

Your slime is almost ready!

Now take out the slime and continue to knead it on a dry plastic tray or tabletop.

Helpful tips to remember…

    • If it is too sticky, dip it back into the remaining liquid starch and then knead on your tray some more.
    • If it is not sticky anymore but just too gooey (or wet) – then rinse it off with a little water and knead the slime on the tray again.
    • After a little air time, the slime will get nice and pliable and less gooey.
    • It needs about 5 minutes of air time and playtime for the gooey (or wetness) to go away.

Exploring with slime

For added fun, you can add plastic animals or cookie cutters. The slime will rub off of most plastic toys but I don’t recommend playing with it on carpet 🙂

Guaranteed fun

As you can see from the photos I have shared, there are lots of ways to play with slime!

Building fine motor skills

Our favorite ways include using our hands to squish and stretch and using scissors to cut the slime…

Oh – and did you notice that some of my fabulous trays are actually lids from a plastic container? I forgot to bring extra trays so I improvised – they worked out great…

For more slime fun, be sure to check out this link…

Rainbow slime in preschool

Available on Amazon….


Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

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With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

Whenever your calling feels hard, just remember, 'He who began a good work in you (and in the children you serve) will be faithful to complete it.'

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