Slime is such icky fun for kids to play with. You can make it in a variety of textures and nearly any color. Some of it is edible, but others are not. So use caution when making it for toddlers that like to put everything in their mouths. Slime recipes usually call for cornstarch or Borax, but you can whip some up using any number of household ingredients.

Liquid Starch

Liquid starch is found in the laundry aisle and quickly makes up into a nice slime for kids. However, it is not edible and you should not make it for toddlers that still put everything in their mouths. To make this slime, use 1/2 cup liquid starch, 1 cup white glue and a couple drops of food coloring.

Glue and Laundry Soap

This is another non-edible slime that should be avoided by toddlers with an oral fixation. However, it does make a nice, goopy texture and is easy to whip up with household items. Mix equal parts water, white glue and liquid laundry detergent to get the desired texture. Add a couple drops of food coloring if desired.

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Fiber Slime

It sounds crazy, but slime from fiber supplements are actually pretty fun. And they are edible, although if your tot's in diapers you might not like the results. This slime needs to be heated so measure 1 teaspoon of fiber and 1 cup of water into a microwavable dish. Heat for 5 minutes, then let it cool. Heat it again for 5 minutes and let it cool again. This makes the texture rubbery. You can repeat it again, if you want really rubbery slime. Once it's cool it's ready to play with. If you want colored slime, add a drop of food coloring at the start.


Plain, ole soap will make nice slime. It's not edible, but it is excellent slime for bath time. Use either 1/2 cup of soap flakes or 1/2 cup grated soap. Add 1/2 cup boiling water and stir until the soap dissolves. Once it cools, it's ready for play. You can also let it sit for a few days so it gets a nice jelly consistency.

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