19 Slime Recipes

Recipes for Making Different Types of Slime

There's more than one way to make slime. Actually, there are lots of different recipes! Here are some of the best recipes for different types of slime, from normal slimy slime to eerie glow-in-the-dark slime.

Kids love to play with slime.
Kids love to play with slime. Gary S Chapman, Getty Images

This is the classic slime recipe. It's very simple to make this slime, plus you can make it any color you want. More »

Magnetic slime is a viscous ferrofluid that reacts to a magnetic field.
Magnetic slime is a viscous ferrofluid that reacts to a magnetic field. virtualphoto, Getty Images

Magnetic slime is a black slime that reacts to a magnetic field. It's easy to make and can be used to make interesting shapes. You'll get the best effect with a thin slime and a strong magnet, like a rare earth magnet or electromagnet. More »

radioactive slime
Slime is easy and fun to make. © Anne Helmenstine

This slime sort of resembles toxic waste, yet it is actually easy to make and safe. The best part is, it only requires a couple of easy-to-find ingredients. More »

Glowing slime
It's easy and fun to make eerie glowing slime. © Anne Helmenstine

What is better than regular slime? The slime that glows in the dark, of course! This is an easy and fun project that is suitable for kids. More »

Thermochromic
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Make slime that acts like a mood ring, changing color in response to temperature. Put the slime in the refrigerator and watch it change color as you play with it. Experiment with cool drink containers and hot coffee cups. You can add food coloring to expand the colors, too. More »

Floam can be scultped into shapes or used to coat other objects.
Floam can be scultped into shapes or used to coat other objects. Anne Helmenstine

Floam is a moldable type of slime that contains polystyrene (styrofoam) beads in it. You can shape it around objects and sculpt with it. More »

This edible slime looks like blood and glows blue-white under a black light.
This edible slime looks like blood and glows blue-white under a black light. Anne Helmenstine

Do you need to eat your slime or at least get it near your mouth? Here's a slime that looks like dripping blood, until you shine a black light on it. Then it looks like glowing alien goo. More »

Glitter Slime
Glitter Slime. Getty Images

You only need three ingredients to make sparkly glitter slime. It's a funny and fanciful variation of one of the classic slime recipes that take minutes to make. More »

Flubber is a non-sticky and non-toxic type of slime.
Flubber is a non-sticky and non-toxic type of slime. Anne Helmenstine

Flubber is a non-sticky, rubbery sort of slime. This non-toxic slime is made from fiber and water. More »

You can make this non-sticky, edible slime from two easy-to-find ingredients.
You can make this non-sticky, edible slime from two easy-to-find ingredients. It can be used as ectoplasm for Halloween costumes, haunted houses, and Halloween parties. Anne Helmenstine

You can make this non-sticky, edible slime from two easy-to-find ingredients. It can be used as ectoplasm for costumes, haunted houses, and Halloween parties. More »

Electroactive slime responds to static electricity.
Electroactive slime responds to static electricity. Howard Shooter, Getty Images

This slime seems to have a life of its own! If you use wool or fur to charge up a piece of styrofoam and move it toward flowing slime, the slime will stop flowing and will appear to gel. More »

You can make playdough at home with simple, non-toxic ingredients.
You can make playdough at home with simple, non-toxic ingredients. Juan Silva, Getty Images

Here's a recipe for a fruity type of slime or playdough. The ingredients are safe enough that the project is theoretically edible (not tasty). The coloring in drink mix will probably result in colored fingers. More »

When you're finished with soap slime, you can simply wash it down the drain.
When you're finished with soap slime, you can simply wash it down the drain. Ralf Stockmann Photography, Getty Imaged

This form of slime uses soap as its base. Soap slime is good, clean fun. You can even play with it in the bathtub. More »

Slime can be edible, so it's safe to play with and also eat.
Slime can be edible, so it's safe to play with and also eat. Anne Helmenstine

Most slime recipes are non-toxic, but there are only a few you can actually eat and none that taste as good as this one! Here's​ how to make edible slime. More »

This non-toxic goo hardens like a solid when you squeeze it but flows like a liquid when you pour it.
This non-toxic goo hardens like a solid when you squeeze it but flows like a liquid when you pour it. PamelaJoeMcFarlane / Getty Images

This is an interesting non-toxic slime that has properties of both a liquid and a solid. It flows like a liquid, but it hardens when you squeeze it. This slime is easy to make. More »

This slime looks like mucous or snot.
This slime looks like mucous or snot. Digni / Getty Images

Yes, it's gross but not as bad as playing with the real thing, right? Here's a translucent type of slime that you can leave clear or can color greenish-yellow if you prefer. Fun! More »

Silly Putty can flow like a liquid.
Silly Putty can flow like a liquid. Glitch010101, Creative Commons

Actually, Silly Putty is a patented invention, so you can't make the real deal, but you can make Silly Putty simulants. More »

Oobleck is a slime that changes properties depending on pressure.
Oobleck is a slime that changes properties depending on pressure. Dorling Kindersley / Getty Images

This non-toxic slime recipe uses starch and glue. The non-sticky goo flows like a liquid, yet hardens when you squeeze it. More »

Slime on face
Avoid borax if there is a chance slime could get in your eyes or mouth. RubberBall Productions / Getty Images

Borax is used to form the cross-links in many types of slime, but it can irritate skin and isn't something you want young kids to eat. Fortunately, there are several recipes for the slime that don't include borax as an ingredient. Not that you're planning on holding a slime taste-test, but these recipes are safe enough to eat! More »