Hello, all you fabulous parents and caregivers out there! We're absolutely thrilled to have you with us today. We're your trusty team at Persistent Parent, with plenty of experience in crafting fun and educational activities for kids. Today, we're diving into the squishy, squelchy, and oh-so-fun world of fluffy slime.

Yes, you read that right! We're talking about a homemade fluffy slime recipe that's as fun to make as it is to play with. This isn't just a fun activity; it's a hands-on science experiment that will have your kids learning about chemistry without even realizing it.

But wait, there's more! This isn't just any old fluffy slime recipe. We're going to guide you through the process of making the fluffiest, squishiest, and most colorful slime you've ever seen. We'll cover everything from the ingredients you'll need, to the steps you'll follow, and even some fun customization options to make your slime truly unique.

So, put on your lab coats (or aprons), roll up your sleeves, and get ready for a fun-filled, educational adventure into the world of fluffy slime. Trust us, by the end of this, you'll be the coolest scientist... we mean, parent, on the block!

Short Summary

  • Create the perfect borax free fluffy slime with easy-to-follow ingredients & tools!
  • Get creative and add colors, textures, glitter for a unique experience!
  • Practice safe storage techniques to keep your slime fun & enjoyable!

The Magic of Fluffy Slime

toddler girl playing with purple fluffy slime

Fluffy slime is more than just a fun activity. It's a sensory experience that engages your child's sense of touch and sight. The unique texture and the act of kneading and stretching the slime can be incredibly calming and therapeutic. It's a great way to unwind after a long day of learning and exploring.

But the magic doesn't stop there. Making fluffy slime is also a fantastic way to introduce your child to the world of science. As they measure out their ingredients and watch them combine to form something new, they're learning about measurements, chemical reactions, and states of matter. The glue (polyvinyl acetate) reacts with the borate ions in the slime activator (sodium borate, borax, or boric acid), forming large polymer molecules. These molecules, known as polyvinyl acetate, create the unique, stretchy properties of slime.

It's a hands-on science experiment that they get to touch, play with, and even customize to their liking.

And the best part? The magic of fluffy slime is something you can experience right in your own kitchen. With a few simple ingredients and a dash of creativity, you and your child can whip up your very own batch of fluffy slime.

Jokes for little scientists: Why don't scientists trust atoms? ...........A: Because they make up everything!

Creating the Perfect Fluffy Slime

pair of sisters playing with pink and yellow fluffy slime

Imagine the delight of making your own fluffy slime: the perfect blend of stretchy, squishy, and oh-so-satisfying to play with. But what’s the secret to creating this amazing concoction? It all comes down to the right ingredients, tools, and techniques. With a bit of practice, you’ll be on your way to crafting the ultimate fluffy slime experience that will have you coming back for more!

When it comes to making fluffy slime, the key ingredients include glue, shaving cream, and a slime activator like contact lens solution containing boric acid and sodium borate. You’ll also need some basic kitchen tools like measuring cups and spoons, a mixing bowl, and a spatula.

Fluffy Slime Ingredients

To create the ultimate fluffy slime, you’ll need white glue, baking soda, water, and saline solution or contact lens solution (for slime without borax). Add shaving cream to give the slime its super stretchy texture, while shaving cream creates that fluffy consistency we all love. And don’t forget the baking soda – this key ingredient helps give your slime that extra fluff!

Feel free to get creative and customize your slime by adding cornstarch, food coloring, glitter, craft sand, or other options to achieve your desired creation. Keep in mind that it’s important to use adult supervision during the slime-making process for safety and proper handling of the ingredients.

Essential Tools for Making Slime

Gathering the essential tools for making slime is easy – you probably already have them in your kitchen! You’ll need a mixing bowl, spatula, and measuring cups to create your fluffy slime masterpiece.

With these simple tools and the right ingredients, you’re well on your way to learning how to make slime, especially the perfect fluffy slime, using this slime recipe.

Step-by-Step Guide to Making Fluffy Slime

little girl holding purple fluffy slime with foam beads

Now that you’ve got your fluffy slime ingredients and tools ready, it’s time to start the step-by-step process of creating your very own slime. From mixing the ingredients to adding the activator, these easy-to-follow instructions will have you crafting the perfect fluffy slime in no time.

Alright, it's time to roll up those sleeves and get ready for some squishy fun. Here's a step-by-step guide to making your very own fluffy slime at home:


- 1/2 cup Clear or White PVA School Glue

- 1 tablespoon Saline Solution (must contain boric acid and sodium borate)

- 1/4-1/2 tsp Baking Soda

- 3 cups shaving foam

- Food coloring (optional)

- 1/2 cup colored craft sand (optional)


Step 1: Start by adding 3 heaped cups of shaving cream to a bowl.

Step 2: Choose your favorite color and add a few drops to the shaving cream. Stir it all together but do it slowly! You want to keep the fluff in the shaving cream.

Optional Step: If you're feeling adventurous, add your colored sand. The craft sand makes for a cool texture but it's totally not necessary. Stir it all in but remember, do it slowly!

Step 3: Now, it's time to add the glue. White washable PVA school glue works best for fluffy slime.

Step 4: Add the baking soda. This helps with the firmness of the slime.

Step 5: Now it’s time to add the slime activator! We use saline solution, but it must contain sodium borate and boric acid.

Step 6: Give it a good stir! It’s going to get thick and tough to stir. Time to get your hands in there. You can take it out to knead or start kneading right in the bowl. Coat your hands with a bit of saline solution and knead your slime until a smooth, desired consistency is achieved.

And voila! You've just made your very own batch of fluffy slime. Now, it's time to play. Stretch it, squish it, and have fun with it. And remember, the best part about making your own slime is that you can make it as unique as you are. So, don't be afraid to experiment with different colors and textures. Happy sliming!

You can also visit the original inspiration for our post at Little Bins for Little Hands here:

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Mixing the Ingredients

To start mixing your fluffy slime, begin by combining white school glue, shaving cream, and contact solution or liquid laundry detergent in a mixing bowl. Mix the ingredients together until they are fully combined, being sure to check the consistency of your slime as you go.

If you find that your slime is too sticky or not the right consistency, don’t worry – simply adjust the consistency by adding more of the necessary ingredients. Keep mixing and experimenting until you achieve the perfect fluffy slime consistency that you’re after.

Adding the Activator

When it comes to adding the activator to your fluffy slime, precision is key. The activator, typically saline solution, is the real star.

Remember that it’s essential to use contact lens solution containing boric acid and sodium borate for the best results. Be patient and keep mixing until your slime reaches the perfect stretchy and non-sticky texture.

Another "slimy" joke: Why did the slime go to school? ...................... A: To get a little more "solid" in its studies!

Customizing Your Slime

kids hands mixing a batch of pink fluffy slime with colorful foam beads

One of the best parts about making your own slime is the endless possibilities for customization! With a variety of colors and fun extras, you can create a unique slime that’s perfect for you. Unleash your creativity and experiment with different textures, colors, and add-ins to make your slime truly one-of-a-kind.

Whether you’re looking to create a vibrant, colorful slime or add a touch of sparkle with glitter, the options are endless. Let’s explore some ideas for creating colored slime and adding fun extras to your slime masterpiece!

Creating Colored Slime

Ready to add a pop of color to your slime? It’s as simple as incorporating food coloring into your slime mixture. Mix the slime and coloring together until you achieve your desired shade, and feel free to adjust the color intensity by adding more coloring if needed.

We recommend using these natural food dyes by Watkins that are made without any artificial dyes:

Adding Fun Extras

In addition to customizing your slime with colors, you can also add fun extras like sand, glitter, foam balls, sequins, confetti, colored beads, fragrance oils, and jelly foam cubes. Sprinkle these extras on top of your slime or mix them in to create a truly unique and exciting sensory experience.

The possibilities are endless and so much fun, so let your imagination run wild!

For more visual learners and slime enthusiasts, here are three YouTube videos that will guide and inspire you:

DIY Fluffy Slime

How to Make Fluffy Slime with Shaving Cream

Super Easy Saline Solution Slime Recipe

Storing and Caring for Your Slime

open container of purple slime spilling out onto table

After all the fun and games, you might be wondering, "How do we keep this squishy delight fresh for another day of play?"

Well, storing your newest creation is as easy as pie. Here's how you can do it:

Step 1: Find the Right Container

The first step to storing your slime is finding an air-tight container. This could be a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid, a zip-top bag, or even a mason jar. The key is to make sure that no air can get in or out. This will help keep your slime fresh and prevent it from drying out.

Step 2: Pack It Up

Once you've found the perfect container, it's time to pack up your slime. Try to remove as much air as possible before sealing the container. This will help keep your slime fluffy and prevent it from getting too sticky.

Step 3: Store It Right

Now that your slime is all packed up, it's time to find the perfect storage spot. You'll want to keep your slime in a cool, dry place. Avoid areas with high humidity or extreme temperatures, as these can affect the texture of your slime.

Step 4: Time to Play Again

When you're ready to play with your slime again, simply open up the container and start having fun! If your slime feels a little stiff after being stored, try kneading it with your hands for a few minutes. This should help bring it back to its original fluffy texture.

Remember, even with proper storage, homemade slime won't last forever. Most fluffy slime recipes will stay fresh for about a week or two. After that, it's best to toss it out and make a new batch. But hey, that just means you get to have fun making slime all over again!

Maintaining Slime Consistency

In addition to proper storage, it’s crucial to maintain the consistency of your slime over time. If your slime becomes too sticky or loses its stretchiness, try adding a thickening agent like borax solution or contact lens solution to adjust the consistency.

Slime Safety and Best Practices

"Safety First" sign

Adult Supervision

One of the most critical aspects of slime safety is adult supervision during the slime-making process. Adults should be responsible for making the slime and handling all chemicals, while children should be supervised while playing with the slime. By providing proper adult supervision, you can prevent any accidents or ingestion of harmful substances and create a safe environment for everyone to enjoy their slime creations.

Handling Slime Properly

In addition to adult supervision, it helps to handle slime properly to avoid messes and potential hazards. To keep your slime clean, always wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling slime. Store slime in an airtight container and keep it away from dirt and dust to maintain its cleanliness and correct moisture levels.

Alternative Slime Recipes

kids hands forming the words "I love slime" using yellow slime

If you’re looking for a different slime experience or simply want to explore new textures and ingredients, alternative slime recipes are an excellent way to expand your slime-making horizons. With a variety of more slime recipes available, you can experiment with different materials and textures to find the perfect slime for you.

In this section, we’ll share a list of alternative slime recipes, including slime without borax and the unique non-Newtonian fluid known as oobleck slime. Get ready to explore a world of slime possibilities!

Oobleck Slime

If you’re looking for a truly unique slime experience, oobleck slime is the way to go! This non-Newtonian fluid is made by mixing cornstarch and water, creating a fascinating substance that’s both liquid and solid.

We wrote all about it here:

link to Persistent Parent article titled How To Make Oobleck Science Experiment For Kids

and even made our own video:

You can customize your oobleck slime by adding food coloring, glitter, or other fun extras, making it a fantastic option for those looking to explore new slime textures and properties. Give oobleck slime a try and discover the wonders of this intriguing non-Newtonian fluid!

Under the Sea Fluffy Slime Recipe

This recipe from Fun with Mama adds a fun, ocean-themed twist to your fluffy slime. It's perfect for a summer activity or for any little ones who love the sea.


  • 1 cup of Elmer’s clear glue
  • Liquid laundry starch
  • Blue food coloring
  • 1 cup of shaving cream
  • Paper umbrellas
  • Small ocean toys


Step 1: In a bowl, mix together one cup of shaving cream and one cup of glue.

Step 2: Add blue food coloring to your mixture. The more you add, the darker your ocean will be.

Step 3: Fill your measuring cup 3/4 of the way full of starch. Slowly pour the starch into the shaving cream mixture while stirring.

Step 4: Once the slime is fluffy and no longer sticky, it’s the perfect base for ocean play! Stick paper umbrellas into the slime, and let your kids play with ocean creatures in the slime.

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In Conclusion

From the basic recipe to fun customizations and even alternative recipes, you've got everything you need to make your very own fluffy slime at home.

Remember, making fluffy slime isn't just about the end product. It's about the laughter, the learning, and the quality time spent together. It's about watching your child's eyes light up as they watch simple ingredients transform into something magical. It's about the joy of creating something with your own two hands and the excitement of customizing it to make it truly unique.

So, whether you're looking for a fun weekend activity, a hands-on science experiment, or just a way to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day, we hope you'll give fluffy slime a try. And when you do, we hope it brings as much joy to your home as it does to ours.

Remember to store your slime properly in an air-tight container, and don't forget to toss it out after a week or two. But don't worry, that just means you get to have fun making a new batch!

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What are the ingredients to make fluffy slime?

It’s easy to make your own fluffy slime at home with just a few ingredients - glue, baking soda, saline solution or contact lens solution, and foam shaving cream. Mix all these ingredients together for a fun, squishy, super-soft slime that’s sure to bring hours of entertainment! See our post for more details. Other recipes use alternatives like borax or laundry starch, so you've got plenty of options to choose from with this fun craft!

How do you make classic fluffy slime?

Making classic fluffy slime is easy and fun! The classic option will use borax, but the borax-free option we've highlighted here today is a good alternative that's safe and still wonderfully fluffy...maybe even better than the original classic recipes! You asked, though, so here's a classic fluffy slime recipe that uses borax as the activator:


  • 1/2 cup of white school glue (PVA)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of borax (found in the laundry aisle)
  • 1 cup of warm water (for the borax solution)
  • 1/2 cup of warm water (to mix with the glue)
  • 3 cups of shaving cream
  • Food coloring (optional)


Step 1: In a small bowl, dissolve the borax in 1 cup of warm water. Stir until it's fully dissolved. This is your slime activator.

Step 2: In a separate, larger bowl, mix together the glue and 1/2 cup of warm water until well combined.

Step 3: Add the shaving cream to the glue mixture. If you're using food coloring, add it now. Stir until everything is well mixed.

Step 4: Slowly add the borax solution to the glue mixture. Start with a small amount and keep adding until the slime begins to form. You may not need all of the borax solution.

Step 5: Once the slime starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl and stick to the spoon, it's time to knead it with your hands. It might be a bit sticky at first, but keep kneading until it reaches the desired consistency.

Remember, borax should be handled by adults and kept out of reach of small children. Always supervise children during slime-making activities, and make sure the slime is stored safely out of reach when playtime is over.

How can I make my slime fluffy and thicker?

To make your slime fluffy and thicker, slowly add more of the shaving cream to the slime mixture and knead it in. Continue adding shaving cream until the slime reaches the desired consistency.

Additionally, you can add a pinch of baking soda for more form and firmness, or warm water if the slime is too firm.

How do you make fluffy slime with foam?

Make fluffy slime with foam by combining foam shaving cream with classic white school glue, some baking soda, and a little saline solution. Fun extras like foam balls, beads, glitter, food coloring, craft sand, and more can be added to take things to the next level.

How do you make homemade slime?

Making homemade slime is easy! There's so many recipes, it really depends on what you want to create. We've got this DIY fluffy slime recipe, Oobleck, magnetic putty, and more awesome recipes here on PersistentParent.com. The best part is they're all pretty simple to make and plenty of fun!