Natural Slime Recipe
Tactile activities like playing with slime are a treat for the senses. But store-bought slime is NOT a treat for the body. If you’re looking for new ways to keep the kids at ease while staying active at home, this simple, toxic-free, and FUN slime recipe needs to be on your agenda! No glue or borax here…
For so many kids, playing with slime is a calming and therapeutic activity. It keeps their minds and hands engaged without the stress and strain that they typically experience after a full day at school (even over Zoom!).
This relaxing activity is great for kids to engage in at the start of their day, to help channel their focus and motor skills, or at the end of the day, as a stress relieving tool. Pretty much, there’s no wrong time for a child to take a 10-minute break from their busy schedules to play around with slime!
Now, slime may not be considered a “staple” in your kitchen… but its ingredients are. So, we’ve provided a basic recipe for you and your kiddos to try while in quarantine together + a few color options if you want your slime to be pleasing to the hands and the eye. Give it a go below!
What you’ll NEED:
- 2 cups of water
- 1 TBSP of organic psyllium husk powder (found at your nearest grocery store)
- 1 TSP of cornstarch
- 4-5 drops of natural food coloring
- There is a large selection of natural food dye on Amazon. You can also make your own using our directions below.
What you’ll DO:
- Add water to a medium-sized pot.
- Gently stir in psyllium husk powder, cornstarch, and food coloring. Do NOT stir the mixture at any other point of the process.
- Place pot on medium/low heat. Avoid too high of heat to prevent overflowing slime.
- Bring water to a boil.
- Remove pot from heat and let cool for two minutes.
- Repeat the last two steps 3-4 more times.
- Test the slime with a spoon. If it is stretchy like slime, then it is ready. If not, repeat the process one more time.
- Allow slime to cool completely (a few hours). It will continue to thicken as it cools.
- Store in a sealed glass container and voilà you have slime!
What you’ll WANT for making your own dye:
- Choose a color! Fortunately, there is a multitude of color options for homemade slime. Here are just a few of our suggestions:
- Blue: Shredded Purple Cabbage
- Red/Pink: Shredded beet or Beet Powder
- Green: Spinach or Spinach Powder
- Yellow/Orange: Turmeric
- Simmer 2 cups of water with your selected fruits, veggies, or spices until the water takes on the desired color.
- Strain and stir in 4-5 drops (or more depending on your desired shade) of the dyed water along with the husk powder and cornstarch in Step #2 of the recipe.
We would love to know if you tried this slime recipe with your family! Be sure to let us know in the comments below if you have additional recommendations to make more colors and we’d love to add them to our suggestions. Have fun!