Gloop and Slime

Oobleck, Goop, Gloop, Gak, Flubber and Slime! All these concoctions mean just one thing - Lots of FUN - and a little mess. Do these often as Kids of all ages love them!!!
There are a lot of silly putty or slime recipes on the web but most of them contain borax. It is very difficult to get Borax in the UK because of an EU ban. You can  buy it through Amazon but this can work out very expensive. There have also been some concerns of some children having a nasty reaction to the borax causing burns on their hands when using the borax made slime too often.
I have found through searching the web that you can use the liquid detergent 'Formil' which can be bought from Lidl. Mix about 1 cup of PVA glue to just over 1 tbsp of 'Formil' to make a simple silly putty. You will know when you have the quantities right. Just experiment a little. Add food colouring etc to get different effects. 
See below for some other slimy, playdough and silly putty recipes.
Remember HAVE FUN
Basic Gloop

2 cups cornflour
1 cup cold water
Food colouring

Pour the cornflour into a bowl. Add the cold water, with your chosen food colouring already added, slowly, stirring constantly and stop when the water is barely absorbed by the cornflour.
The resulting solution is great to play with. It will
brush off clothing as a dry powder.

Fluff-Ball Slime

1/2 cup glue

3 to 4 cups of shaving foam

1/2 tsp baking soda

Drops of food colouring

1 tbs Saline Solution (for sensitive eyes) Buy at chemist

Measure the 3 to 4 cups of shaving foam into a bowl

Add food colouring

Add the glue and the baking powder

Next add the Saline Solution

Whip up mixture. Once you can pick up the

mixture continue to knead.

Cornflour Slime

1/2 cup PVA glue

1 1/2 cups of cornflour

Food colouring


Measure out glue into a bowl

Add a couple of drops of food colouring and mix

Slowly add cornflour - it will gradually thicken

When it becomes difficult to mix with a spoon then take it out of the bowl and knead.

If it is sticky add some cornflour to your hands.

If too dry then add a little more glue.

Edible Slime

1 can of sweetened condensed milk 
1 tbs of cornstarch 
10-15 drops of red or green food colouring

1.  Pour the can of SWEETENED condensed milk into a saucepan. 
2.  Add the cornstarch and cook over a low heat, stirring constantly. 
3.  When the mixture thickens remove it from the heat and then add the food colouring. 
4.  Allow it to cool before playing or eating; it can also be used as a fun paper paint.

Non- Borax Slime

1 cup  PVA glue

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tbs contact lens solution

Put glue into bowl and add bicarb and food colouring.


Next add the contact lens solution.

Stir with a spoon until it becomes stringy

Take out of bowl and knead for a couple of minutes

If it is too sticky then add a touch more of the contact solution

Is it Liquid?

1 cup of cornflour added to a bowl 
1 cup of baking soda added it the bowl
1/2 cup of water and add it to the bowl

A little food colouring 
Mix with your hands-

Watch the magic as the goop hardens and then is able to pour through your fingers.


      It comes off with a little soap and water! 

Click links below for more printable recipes for playdough....
If you want to know more about the Science about slime click on the PDF button