Kids love slime. In fact, they love just about any substance that is sticky, mucky and hard to get out of soft furnishings!
If yours are obsessed by slime, and you want to stop spending money on the sticky stuff, or are worried about the chemicals contained, why not learn how to make slime with toothpaste? It’s easy, safe, and cheap – what’s not to love?
Toothpaste Slime Recipe
This is a super easy recipe, that is simple and quick to make. You may run out of toothpaste faster than usual, but trust us, it’s worth it!
- Take a small bowl, and place in 2 tablespoons of toothpaste and 1 tablespoon of water into it.
- Mix well with a spoon. You are looking for a mixture that is not too thick and not too thin – if it is too thin, then add a little more toothpaste.
- Add 2 teaspoons of salt into the mixture, and stir for 3 minutes.
- Place the bowl into the fridge, and let it sit for up to 2 days.
- Remove from the fridge, hand over to your kids, and let them play with wild abandon!
- Store the slime in an airtight pot when not in use, so it doesn’t escape and get stuck all over your furniture.
And that’s it! A super simple recipe, with ingredients that are safe and easy to source, and it has the added bonus of being very cheap.
Your kids will love to help make it, and they will adore the finished product too. This one is a winner all round!
There are other recipes too:
- Take equal quantities of flour and toothpaste, and mix them with a small amount of shampoo in a large bowl.
- Any type of toothpaste works just fine, but the white or opaque types work the best.
- Choose a shampoo with a thick consistency, and it is best to work with one that is white or opaque.
- Mix the ingredients together with a toothpick, or other small pointed object. You are looking for an even, uniform consistency.
- If the slime is too hard, add a little more shampoo. If it is too thin, add some more toothpaste.
- Place the bowl into the freezer, for between 10 and 60 minutes. Check it after 10 minutes, and make sure the consistency is good.
- You are looking for firmness, but not total solidity. If it is too squishy, pop it back in the freezer for the full hour.
- Remove it from the freezer, and knead until it is pliable. The texture will stay as it is now, and won’t go back to being what it was before you froze it.
- Store it in a small pot with a lid, and throw it away when it becomes dry.
Can You Make Slime With Kids?
Ok, maybe we should rephrase this one! Obviously you are not going to make your kids into slime, but can you get them involved in the making process?
- Absolutely you can! Making home made slime is easy and simple, and it uses ingredients that are safe.
- It is perfectly fine to involve your kids in the making process; they will enjoy mixing sticky substances together (who doesn’t?)
- You may also find that you encourage a love of chemistry in your children; it really is fascinating to see how the ingredients react to each other.
- Slime is a great sensory toy, and making it can also be fun for those enquiring little minds and busy hands. No better fun on a rainy afternoon!
Does Toothpaste And Sugar Make Slime?
Who would have thought that sugar and toothpaste, mixed together, can make one of the most popular toys of recent times?
Sugar and toothpaste make an incredibly safe and effective slime recipe. Read on for the ingredients and steps!
- Place 110g of toothpaste into a large bowl.
- Add a few drops of your chosen food colouring.
- Mix the toothpaste and food colouring together until thoroughly combined.
- Sprinkle around 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar into the mixture, and stir vigorously.
- When the sugar is mixed in and the mixture feels pliable, sprinkle another 1/2 teaspoon of sugar into the bowl.
- Stir until the mixture is thick and no longer sticky – you should be able to press the mixture and have it not stick to your finger.
- Store the slime in an airtight container until it is being used.
Although this one may be quite attractive to little mouths, you should avoid letting your kids eat it – it won’t be harmful as such, but ingesting large amounts of toothpaste is not recommended.
How Do You Make Slime Without Glue In 5 Minutes?
If you have young children and don’t want them playing around with chemicals, you won’t want glue in your slime.
Some children have sensitive skin that may react to glue, so you need a recipe that contains no glue, to keep them as comfortable as they can be.
Making slime without glue is, thankfully, extremely easy! This recipe is especially designed for those with sensitive skin:
- Place cornstarch into a large bowl, and slowly trickle in some water.
- Knead the mixture with your hands until it reaches the right consistency.
- Add in some glitter, for extra fun!
- Store the slime in an airtight container when it is not being played with, to keep it from drying out and becoming unusable.
This video shows you how to make slime with toothpaste and salt, and shows you the sort of consistency you are looking for:
However you yourself may feel about slime, chances are your kids love it. Now you have the option to create your own, using simple ingredients!
You can turn it into family fun, and get the kids involved too – they’ll love making their favourite plaything using ingredients found in the cupboards.