It’s the Summer of Slime pretty much everywhere you look from Staples to Michaels to the Internet. So we totally had to jump into it as well. But we approached it a little differently. We decided to experiment to test what recipe produced the best slime. In our search, we looked at 3 ingredient glue recipes, a fluffy slime recipe, and aan ooblek slime (which I remember from 3rd grade science 30 years ago). Without a doubt, it was plenty of fun to go on the search for the best slime recipe. I’d recommend you do it for yourself and compare with our notes.
Just a note: making slime really doesn’t take very long at all. It’s only mixing ingredients and then playing with it. If you’re looking for a quick activity, this can be it. Conversely, if you’re looking for a longer activity then discuss the science behind the slime for little kids and here’s a resource for older kids.
3 Ingredient Glue Slime Recipe
The standard recipe that most people are using is the one found on Elmer’s website. It’s simple and straightforward. We did do a slight test on this by trying three different kinds of glue. We looked at Elmer’s and two store brands. They were all pretty much the same results for slime. I have heard people say that they didn’t have as good of an experience with store brands but we had no issues.
Fluffy Slime Recipe
Our second recipe was the fluffy slime recipe. Fluffy slime was more a guestimate on the proportions than any of the others. It is actually maybe the funnest one to make because we started with the shaving cream and just getting that into the bowl was fun. My oldest son said this was his favorite because of how it felt to play with. He even made his own video after playing with it.
A note: This was the one that had the shortest lifespan. After just 2 days, we needed to make another batch of it because the textured changed and made it harder.
On my search for slime recipes, I came across several that listed oobleck as a slime. I will admit that it makes a drippy slime this is an old school version of slime. The switching between a solid and liquid makes it fun to play with but also a mess to clean up. Oobleck slime most certainly needs to be played with outside only.
Overall, there’s really not a bad slime recipe; the best slime recipe is the one that your family enjoys playing with. Oobleck slime is the best for outdoor play and easy fun. If you’re looking to make a transparent slime, then you should try the traditional recipe over all the others. The fluffy slide has an opaque color because of the shaving cream that goes into it.