Now that summer has arrived, it's fun to take a break, head outdoors and have a little fun! I have been wanting to make slime in the classroom with my kindergarteners, but the traditional recipes with cleaning chemicals made me nervous about harming the sensitive skin of my students. Until I discovered the ultimate three-ingredient glitter slime recipe that uses completely safe materials. Even better yet, this particular recipe doesn't require any messy food coloring. Do I have your attention? I promise this slime recipe is every bit as amazing as it sounds, and it's a great summer activity.
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Mess-Free Glitter Slime Recipe
Here's the fastest, easiest, mess-free slime recipe that you will ever need. The fact that it is glittery is an added bonus!
- 1/2 TBSP baking soda
- 1 1/2 TBSP contact lens solution
- 6 fl oz Elmer's Glitter Glue
UPDATE: I have recently learned that not every contact lens solution is ideal for making slime. Here are a few specific brands that may work for you:
Bausch and Lomb BioTrue (This is what I used)
Bausch and Lomb Sensitive Eyes
Bausch and Lomb Simplus Multi Action
Blink Revita Lens
Up&Up Clear Comfort
Up&up Moisture Balance
Opti Free Express Every Day Comfort
- Find a bowl, cup, or plate to mix your slime in.
- Pour the entire contents of a 6 oz Elmer's Glitter Glue into the blow.
- Add 1/2 TBSP baking soda to the glue and stir.
- Add 1 TBSP contact solution to the glue mixture. Mix with a spoon until slime begins to form and gets firm.
- Once slime becomes to difficult to stir with a spoon, take slime out of the bowl and use your hands to finish combining the ingredients.
- If slime is too sticky, add 1/4 TBSP contact solution to the mixture. The slime will become significantly less sticky.
Making Glitter Slime
On this particular summer day, my friend brought her two daughters over for a little slimey entertainment. Making slime was an item on their summer bucket list, so this was a great opportunity to cross that item off the list and help me test out my new favorite recipe!
The first step was to dump an entire 6 oz bottle of Elmer's Glitter Glue into our mixing bowl. All of the glitter and color for this recipe comes straight from the bottle of glue. This was my first time using Elmer's Classic Glitter Glue, but I was an instant fan. All of the glitter and coloring stayed right in the glue. I love that I didn't have to worry about getting stray drops of food coloring or bits of glitter on our fingers, clothes, or my cute little blue table.
My four year old slime assistant did an excellent job of squeezing out all the glue (and the teacher in me loved that it was a great way to strengthen her hand muscles!)
Once the glitter glue was poured into the bowl, it was time to add a few more ingredients. First up, a half tablespoon of baking soda.
Once the baking soda was added to the glue, the girls gave it a quick stir until it was evenly combined in the glue.
Then it was time for the magic ingredient: contact solution! We started by adding just one tablespoon of the contact solution.
It only took a few seconds of stirring and we could see the slime actually beginning to form.
A few more rotations of the spoon and we had a firm, sticky slime-like mixture.
At this point, the girls had to put down the spoon, reach into the bowl and finish mixing the slime by hand.
Our glitter slime was a little too sticky, so we added another quarter tablespoon of contact solution to our concoction.
The extra contact solution worked like a charm. The slimy bits that had been stuck to the girls fingers were easily removed as they finished kneeding the slime. The finished result was a firm, wet, slimy substance.
My little helpers stretched, squeezed, bent, and manipulated that slime in every imaginable way. They had a blast playing with their slime and I loved how this glitter slime recipe didn't produce any mess or make me worry about the safety of their skin.
Elmer's is the only brand of glue that I use in my classroom and it's no surprise that Elmer's Classic Glitter Glue was a great kid-friendly base for making slime. I am certain that I will be using this mess-free glitter slime recipe often in the future.