7 Easy Steps for Making Slime in the Classroom

Making slime in the classroom

Making slime in the classroom has always been one of my students’ favorite activities, especially at the end of the year. It doesn’t have to be as intimidating as you might initially think! If you’re hoping to find the easiest classroom slime recipe and integrate a little reading, writing, and science, then this post is for you!

Read the Recipe for Making Slime for the Classroom

Before you dive right into making slime in the classroom, set clear expectations by reading the recipe for how to make slime. Give all your students a copy of this kid-friendly recipe. This will help them know exactly what to do when it’s time to make slime!

To integrate even more reading comprehension practice, have your students answer the recipe questions before making slime in the classroom. Students can complete this independently or with the small group of students they’re making slime with.

3 Helpful Tips for Making Slime in the Classroom

Tip One: Split your students into groups of 2 or 3. This allows all students to be actively involved in the slime-making process and the recipe is enough for 2-3 students to share when finished.

Tip Two: Use big plastic party cups and plastic spoons to make for easy clean-up. If you want an even easier clean-up, cover the tables with use plastic tablecloths.

Tip Three: You will need to knead and stir more than you think! It takes time for the contact solution and glue to thicken, so be prepared to stir and knead a lot. If you find it is still too sticky, you can slowly add a few extra drops of contact solution until it becomes rubbery and stretchy.

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Materials Needed for Making Slime

The materials below are perfect for groups of 2-3 students to make together.

  • 1 bottle (4 oz) Elmer’s glue
  • ½ tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon contact solution
  • Food coloring
  • Mixing bowl or plastic cups
  • Spoon
  • Ziploc bags

7 Easy Steps for Making Slime

  1. Empty a bottle of Elmer’s glue into a mixing bowl.
  2. Add ½ tablespoon of baking soda and stir.
  3. Add a drop or two of food coloring and continue mixing.
  4. Measure and pour 1 tablespoon of contact solution into the bowl. Continue mixing until slime forms.
  5. Take the slime out and knead it with your hands.
  6. If it’s too sticky, add a few more drops of contact solution.
  7. When you’re finished, split it up evenly. Each person can put their share in a Ziploc bag.

After your students have had plenty of time to play with their slime, pass out the Slime Memories reflection page for students to work on. This will give you time a little extra time to clean up anything else and get your classroom back in order.

Free Slime Recipe Classroom Resources

You can grab the free recipe for making slime in the classroom, comprehension questions, and slime memories reflection page below! Want more activities like this? These free slime activities are part of my End of the Year Countdown Activities resource!

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