How to Make Slime with a Glue Stick

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Are you in search of a safe, fun, less messy but crafty way to keep your kids engaged?

Well, why not add some slime in the mix and see it transform the entire play experience for you and your kids?

Truth be told, kids do love playing with slime. Even better, they will find it super entertaining if given the chance to make this magical play tool all by themselves.

The whole process isn’t rocket science, it’s easy and simple! And even though several glue stick recipes do exist, we are going to get artistic with the simplest one using readily available household items.

If you have a few glue sticks lying around your house, the whole experience is just beginning to be adventurous.

Just follow the steps below, and I can guarantee you that your kid is going to have a gooey afternoon. I bet, you are also going to get a kick from the whole “slimy” experience.

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First things first!

Things you will require

These ingredients are enough to make slime without having to make endless trips to convenient stores.

  • glue sticks
  • food coloring
  • Water
  • Contact lens solution or any stain remover with boric acid
  • A Plastic Spoon
  • A smooth container

So, how do you go about it?


  • Mix different food colors to obtain an array of colors. This color flexibility gives you the chance to theme your slime depending on your moods or the season at hand.
  • Consistency will depend on the amount of glue you start with. However, you can vary the amount of the other ingredients to achieve your taste of reference.
  • Adding some confetti or glitter to your slime will make it look more artistic. If you are ready to give your kids more adventure, throw in a few iron filings and in the end, you will have magnetic slime.

With that in mind, let’s delve into how to make slime with a glue stick.

Step 1

Slice your glue sticks into thin pieces. Approximately the thickness of a few quarters. Smaller pieces will also do. Place the sliced pieces in a smooth disposable container. 2 whole glue sticks will be necessary. However, this depends on the amount of slime you are looking forward to making.

If you are using glue stick ends, make a careful approximation on how much you will be needing so that you can’t compromise on the consistency of the results.

Step 2

Using a plastic pestle, knife or spoon, crush the glue slices into smaller pieces. Try breaking them as much as you can before proceeding to the next step. However, there is no reason to worry if the slices are still lumpy. Just do your best when crushing them.

Step 3

Add water systematically. A small amount at a time. The water doesn’t have to completely submerge the glue.

Step 4

Stir the mixture every time you add water until you get a consistent foamy mixture where the glue has somewhat dissolved in the water. You will have to add water to achieve this but only a few drops at a time like explained in step 3.

Step 5

Under this step, stir the mixture until you get rid of all visible lumps. After the mixture is consistent enough, the fun part begins!

Time to add some food color and give life to our mixture. The amount to be added will depend on the amount of glue and water you’ve used. For our case, five to ten drops are okay but adding more will be just fine.

Step 6

After you’ve added food color, give the mixture a generous stir and scrap everything from the edges of the bowl. If the color doesn’t come out as vibrant as you’d wished, add more for a perfect shade.

Step 7

It’s time to finish up the project and let the kids play with what they’ve been making. Throw in a medium sized squirt of your stain remover or contact lens solution into the mixture. Keep stirring until it evenly mixes with the solution. You will see the solution begin to solidify as you stir.

This will be visible after it begins sticking on the spoon. If that doesn’t happen, keep adding your contact solution or stain remover bit by bit until you achieve the right consistency. Let your kids choose the consistency that they like. After all, you are making it for them!

It is that simple! If you use the right ingredients and add them little by little, you will obtain a thick and stretchy substance which can be easily pulled or modeled into different shapes.

Bottom line

The whole experience of how to make slime with a glue stick is meant to entertain your kids.

As a matter of fact, you will find it fun working with them. At the end of it all, you will have given them a chance to let imaginations and skills run through their brains.

There is no limit to the fun you and your kids can experience if you let them be themselves.

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