Move over, playdough! Unicorn slime is the new favorite sensory toy. If your kids love slime, unicorns, or even colorful, glittery things, they will go crazy for this DIY slime that you can make with products you likely already have at home.
I’m sure you’ve seen other posts showing how to make slime and playdough and other DIY projects. Activities like this are GREAT for keeping kids engaged and busy (and having fun!) at times when they may tend to get a little bored or stir crazy.
Our first experience with making DIY projects like this was to make playdough. Playdough is a time-tested kid favorite, no doubt, and our experience was no different. Its texture and ability to be easily molded holds great appeal for small hands.
However, if your kids have never tried playing with slime, then it is BEYOND time you try it. They will happily play for hours on end and you’ll have to pull them away from it when you want to do something with them. Or don’t pull them away and enjoy some time to yourself ?You’ll be pleasantly surprised – I promise.
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Plus, because playing with slime is such a sensory experience, it allows kids to explore, imagine, discover and learn without saying “I’m bored” once. They won’t even realize they are doing all that, though, because they will be having the time of their lives.
How to Make Unicorn Slime
Today I’m going to show you how to make your own DIY slime. But this isn’t just any slime recipe, my friends. This recipe is for ultra-fun unicorn slime. If your child loves colorful, shiny, or glittery things (really, what child doesn’t?), then this unicorn slime recipe will be a no-fail hit.
Consider this the new tried and true way to entertain your kids for hours on end!
What I love most about this recipe is that it contains simple, everyday products that you likely already have in your house: Elmer’s glue, baking soda, and contact lens solution.
Note: Carefully read the label on your contact solution bottle or box and purchase contact lens solution that contains boric acid. If your contact solution does not contain boric acid, you may experience a DIY slime “fail” unless you add some Borax to your mixture.
Is Slime Safe For Toddlers?
It is safe for toddlers to play with. However, if your toddler tends to put things in her mouth (like many toddlers do), then I recommend making homemade playdough instead of this recipe.
Unicorn Slime Ingredients
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make unicorn slime:
- 1 (6 oz) bottle Elmer’s Glue in pink glitter
- About ¼ cup warm water
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1½ tablespoon contact lens solution (containing boric acid)
- About 1 ½ tablespoon glitter (if desired)
- Toys (if desired)
You may want to add some additional goodies to your unicorn slime. For example, in this project, we used:
Unicorn Slime Recipe
Follow this recipe step-by-step so that you achieve that ideal slime consistency that kids just cannot stop themselves from touching.
1. Dump the entire bottle of glue into a large bowl. A glass bowl is preferable if you have one, but a plastic bowl will work too.
2. Put about ¼ cup of warm water into the empty glue bottle (filling it about ⅓ full). Seal it closed with the lid and shake well to combine any remaining glue and water. Pour this combination into the same bowl with the glue and stir to combine.
3. Add the baking soda to the glue and stir until thoroughly combined.
4. If you are adding sprinkles to your unicorn slime, add the sprinkles into the glue mixture.
5. Add the contact solution to the glue mixture and stir well. Do this in small batches, mixing well each time. Only add enough contact solution to bring the glue together into a soft ball.
(Note: glitter glue will require more contact solution than regular glue. If you are using regular glue, follow the same procedure of mixing it in small batches, but expect to use less overall.)
6. Remove the slime from the bowl. You may find that there is excess liquid – leave that in the bowl. The slime will be sticky. Knead the slime, as you would if you were making dough, in order to bring the slime together. The slime is ready when it’s no longer sticky.
7. Store in an airtight container when your kids aren’t playing with it. A plastic baggie is the best way to store your unicorn slime. If you prefer to use a container, pick one that is just big enough to hold your slime with as little air as possible.
How Long Will Homemade Slime Last?
While slime doesn’t go “bad”, it can sometimes dry out or develop mold. If either of those happens, throw out that batch of slime and make a new one.
If you store your slime in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, your slime should easily last a couple of weeks.
There you go! This recipe is easy, simple and oh so much fun. I hope you (and your kids) have fun stretching, squishing and mixing to your heart’s content!