Lockdown Science Experiments: 3 No-Borax Slime Recipes You Can Do at Home

Most kids love slime! Buying it would be the easiest way to get them, of course. However, this is not easily accessible for families in quarantine or in lockdown.

We’ve tested 3 simple slime recipes which use ingredients that are easily available at home.

Slime 1: The Blue Tack Slime

With just two ingredients, this is the easiest slime to make. All you have to do is combine Blue Tack with any liquid handsoap. Blue Tack by itself is a strechy material, which makes it fun to play with. However, it loses that elasticity after repeat usage. Adding in the hand soap seems to make this last. Add it in one bit at a time while stretching continuously until it is no longer slippery and sticky. Keep in an airtight container when not being used.

Slime 2: Shampoo Slime

This one is pretty easy to make with just 3 ingredients: shampoo, cornstarch and salt. It requires a lot of mixing and a bit of drying time. You can control the viscosity of the slime by adding in your cornstarch bit by bit until you achieve your desired consistency. I started with just a pinch of cornstach but ended up adding about 2 tablespoons in total. This made the consistency more like kinetic sand that slime, but it is still fun to play with. If you want it less doughy and a bit more slime-like, just add shampoo again.

Slime 3: Glitter Glue Slime

Combining any type of glue with contact lens solution makes the glue clumpy and stretchy. In this one, we used glitter paint (which is actually glitter glue) with a bit of cornstarch and the contact lens solution. This one took the longest to “cure” and I actually had to start over because it was too liquid. Adding more cornstarch helped with the issue.

The Results:

We have 3 different types of slimes as a result. I liked the Blue Tack-based one the best but the shampoo slime was the most fun to play with.

Here’s our video on how we made the slime:

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