Parent-Approved DIY Fluffy Slime
If you get a group of kids together today, they are probably going to end up making slime. If you get their parents together, they are likely complaining about slime! These days, parents know the annoyance of the ever-popular DIY slime. The stickiness, the stained hands, the ruined carpet—we feel your pain! Because we care about your sanity, we found a simple, parent-approved DIY fluffy slime recipe that won’t stick to hands, furniture, or carpet. This recipe is easy to make and is not nearly as sticky and slimy as some of the others out there. Give it a shot with your kids, and let us know in the comments below how they liked it. Enjoy these messy moments—there will come a day when you are going to miss them!
DIY Fluffy Slime Ingredients:
- About a cup or so of white glue (Off-brand is OK.)
- 2 Tbsp laundry detergent (Tide works great!)
- Pile of foamy shaving cream (No gels, please.)
- If not stretchy enough, you’ll need a little lotion.
- Add glitter and/or food dye to make it super fun!
DIY Fluffy Slime Instructions:
Step One – Pour glue into a bowl. Add 2 Tbsp of laundry detergent (serves as the activator), and top with a good pile of shaving cream.
Step Two – For fun decorations, add a few drops of your desired dye color. This is a great opportunity to teach kids about color combinations. Glitter makes your fluffy slime extra sparkly—just be prepared that you may have glittery hands and floors for days.
Step Three – Mix everything together using a utensil. Once thoroughly mixed, begin using your hands to knead the slime. It will feel very wet at first, but keep working at it until it becomes sticky. If you’ve made slime before, you know this step takes a little bit of time and patience. If the slime does not seem to stretch, add a little bit of lotion into the mixture and work it in with your hands. This should make it stretch much farther and feel smooth.
Step Four – Enjoy your slime! Be sure to store it in an airtight container.
As with many crafts and DIY activities, you can turn this into a learning experience with your kids by talking about why such simple ingredients turn into slime. The activator (in this recipe—laundry detergent) creates a chemical reaction with the polymers found in the glue, binding them together to form the “glob” of slime. Taking a few moments to stop and enjoy this craft and conversation with your child might just help to make the dreaded slime a bit more bearable!
Letise Dennis is a writer for Learning Liftoff. She has enjoyed writing since childhood, but has spent her most recent professional years writing website content and articles relating to her passion of fitness and nutrition. Having grown up in the south, she attended George Mason University and earned a degree in Communication, with a focus on interpersonal and business communication. After graduation, she began her career at a national nonprofit organization and has been living in Northern Virginia since. When not writing for Learning Liftoff, she spends her time with her husband and three kids enjoying sports and the outdoors.