Making homemade slime is an easy and fun activity for kids. While it can get a bit messy, only three ingredients are required to make colorful slime without borax. Rather than simply making a single color, mixing things up with multiple colors is even more fun to fit a theme. Since my 10 year old son absolutely loves checkout out bugs and making slime, this caterpillar slime is perfect for him. Keep reading to learn how to make slime without borax and have fun with very brightly colored slime.
How to Make Slime without Borax
I know that many people are concerned with making slime with Borax. There have been reports of issues with overexposure but we’ve never used Borax. It adds an extra step because you need to mix Borax with the right amount of water and that can make it trickier to get the right consistency. Why not make things more simple if you can? If you’ve ever wondered how to make slime without borax, the answer is simple. You make a slime recipe with liquid starch!
Slime Recipe with Liquid Starch
To make make colorful slime with liquid starch you’ll need the following:
- Elmer’s Glue (white school glue is used here)
- Liquid Starch like Purex Sta-Flo
- Acrylic Paint in various colors (can use food coloring as a substitute)
For caterpillar slime as shown you’ll need acrylic paints in bright green, blue, yellow, red and black. How much you’ll need really depends upon how much slime you want to make. For this slime, twice as much green and yellow was used vs. red, black and blue.
To make one cup of slime you’ll need:
- 8 oz. white glue
- 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup liquid starch (depending upon how sticky/stretchy you want your slime)
- One to two tablespoons acrylic paint.
Mix ingredients separately in individual bowls or large plastic cups that you can throw away.
- What do you do if your slime isn’t stretchy enough? Add more glue.
- What do you do if your slime is too sticky? Add more liquid starch.
- What do you do if your slime color isn’t vibrant enough? Add more acrylic paint.
To create this satisfying slime you want to line up your slime into stripes so the colors are dispersed.
Then the magic happens! Let your kids have fun playing around with the all the striped slime.
With any slime activity, please keep an eye on your kids! This slime is not edible.
Doesn’t this look just like a caterpillar body? The colors match perfectly to this cool caterpillar.
There are so many vibrant caterpillars in nature that it is fun to create a slime activity around them!
I just love these fun colors, don’t you?
Keep in mind that as you play around with this cool slime recipe, the colors will start to mix together. To extend your play, you can work with smaller amounts at a time in batches. You can also just go all in like this!
I hope you had fun learning how to make slime without borax that is inspired by colorful caterpillars! Who doesn’t want to make a satisfying slime recipe like this caterpillar slime?