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Slime is a cross between putty and jelly. It can easily be formed into different shapes, but will quickly lose that shape and become a formless puddle once it is no longer manipulated.
Best of all, it's very cheap and you can make it yourself. But keep it away from small children.


  • 2 cups white glue (regular old Elmer's school glue)
  • 1½ cups water
  • Food colouring
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) Borax ***Warning
  • ½ cup water


  1. Combine the glue, water and food colouring and mix it until it's no longer sticky.
  2. Dissolve the Borax in the ½ cup of water.
  3. Add the Borax solution to the glue solution. You should get a very thick clump of Slime where the two mix. With clean hands, knead the Slime to get all of it to mix. This will take about ten minutes or so; it is not very difficult as the Slime easily separates between your fingers.
  4. If you desire a looser, more slimy* texture, add a bit more water and knead it in.

*The more slimy this is, though, the more apt it is to get stuck in any fabric it comes in contact with. It is recommended that children only be allowed to play with it on a table. If it gets stuck on fabric, soak the fabric in water. In time the Slime will simply dissolve.

Have fun!

*** Warning!
Please note that Borax (Sodium Borax) is toxic.
"Ingestion of 5 to 10 g by young children can cause severe vomiting, diarrhoea, shock and death"
(The Merck Index. 1976. p. 1110)

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