American pop culture has always been “stuck” on slime — from The Blob (1958) to Ghostbusters (1984) to Stephen King’s short story, “Gray Matter” (1973) — and youth are no exception to the rule. Here are some ways to use slime to get youth excited about summer learning.

Make Some Slime

A traditional slime recipe requires ¼ cup Borax, ¼ cup water, and about ¼ bottle of glue. Most crafters recommend clear glue if you can find it, although opaque yellow school glue also works. Mix the water and glue with food coloring, add glitter or dye, and mix the ingredients well. Then, mix in in the borax (we suggest mixing in the borax with hot water first to dissolve it). Check out this tutorial for a helpful guide.

Encourage Experimentation

To incorporate inquiry, encourage youth to try different types of glue or experiment with other materials. Try using polyvinyl alcohol when working with older youth.

Fluff It Up For Even More Fun

For a fun twist on slime with regular household ingredients, try Gillian Bower's fluffy slime!

Fluffy Slime

  1. Dissolve 1 tsp borax in 1 cup of warm water. Set this aside.
  2. Combine the following ingredients in a bowl in order:
    • ½ cup Elmer’s school glue
    • ½ heaping cup of shaving cream
    • ½ cup foaming soap (foamed up)
    • 1 tbsp cornstarch
    • 2 pumps hand lotion or body lotion for softer texture
    • Food coloring of your choice
  3. Add the borax mixture a little bit at a time, and knead it until it gets less sticky. If it’s too sticky, add a little more borax.

Slime it up!