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How to make Slime

Category: kids

Making slime is a fun and affordable way to keep little hands busy. Pinterest is filled with countless slime recipes from all over the internet, most of which contain either Borax or glue. Both of these ingredients can be harmful if ingested, but this doesn’t mean the fun of making slime is over. With this non-toxic slime recipe, kids can still enjoy hours of slime play while parents and carers can take comfort in knowing this slime recipe will do no harm, even if a small amount is ingested.

Containing only two ingredients, this slime is a very cheap and effective do-it-yourself craft. Add glitter to this recipe for even more crazy sparkly fun. Using a dietary fibre powder and water, you can make seemingly endless batches of slime without having to shop for more ingredients every time.

Any teacher will tell you that making slime can be a great hands-on experiment for kids. Switch it up and add less or more of each ingredient and adjust heating times to alter the consistency of your slime. We’ve provided the quantities needed to get perfectly malleable and stretchy slime, but this recipe can also be adjusted to create the kind of slime your little ones enjoy the most.  This simple do-it-yourself, non-toxic slime is guaranteed to keep little hands occupied for hours. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

Smooth Metamucil
1 cup of water (per 1½ tablespoons of Metamucil) 
Fine glitter
Spoon and bowl to combine and stir
Microwave
Food colouring (if you’re producing slime that is any colour other than orange) 
Containers to store the slime in


Here’s how to do it:

How to make Slime

1. First, make sure the Metamucil you are using contains psyllium husk. This is the key ingredient that will produce the slimy goodness. A generic brand of fibre powder will also work as long as it contains psyllium husk. We’ve found the most readily accessible one to be Metamucil, and it works perfectly for both orange and turquoise slime.

How to make Slime

2. In a large microwavable bowl, add 1 tablespoon of Metamucil with 1 cup of water and a pinch or two of glitter. Stir ingredients thoroughly.
3. For turquoise slime, add 6 drops of blue food colouring to create a deep colour. The colouring of the Metamucil will produce a bright orange slime without adding any food colouring – so the addition of food colouring is completely optional.
4. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat on high for 1 minute. Stir vigorously, then place back into the microwave to heat for one more minute.
5. Remove from microwave and stir for another minute. As the heated mixture cools, you will see the slime begin to come to life, thickening as it cools.

How to make Slime

6. Once the slime is completely cool, it will be ready for play.

How to make Slime

NOTE: While this slime is non-toxic and technically edible, it’s not meant for consumption. A taste or two will do no harm, but as this slime contains a lot of fibre, eating a lot of it is not recommended.

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