The chemical reaction between liquid starch and regular glue makes a mixture that splats, sticks, oozes, flops and stretches. Engage in some imaginary monster-play and embrace your inner scientist with this fun activity!


  • a mixing bowl and spoon
  • liquid starch
  • food coloring (we used green)
  • clear glue OR glitter glue


    1. slime-longIn a large mixing bowl, add about 1/2 cup of clear glue (such as Elmer's glue). Note: You can use the regular, milk colored school glue, but the mixture will be less translucent and more opaque. We liked how the slime looked using clear glue so we recommend that!

    2. Add a generous amount of food coloring. We used green but any color will do! Mix very well until the glue and the food coloring are well blended.

    3. Add the liquid starch. Pour the starch very slowly, adding just enough until a slime forms. Keep adding small amounts until the mixture you stir is slimy and gloppy. Watch the video to see the consistency of our slime!

    Another option to make this slime? Use glitter glue instead of clear glue and food coloring. Simply repeat the above steps, but add the liquid starch directly to the 1/2 cup of glitter glue (in whatever color) and stir until a slime has formed!

Caroline Gravino Urdaneta, a PBS Parents resident crafter, is a designer of creative family projects, tinkering painter and mother of four children. She writes about project ideas for the whole family and how to encourage creativity in kids on the popular blog, Salsa Pie and shares videos on the PBS Parents YouTube Channel. Subscribe HERE.

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  • Sus

    Where do you find liquid starch? I can’t find anyone who carries it.

    • Caroline Gravino

      Sus, we found our liquid starch in Target but also many grocery stores carry it in the laundry-care section. If you can’t find your own you can make your own! If you google this on the internet you will see many tutorials but basically it’s a combination of 1 Tbs. cornstarch plus, 1/4 cup cold water plus 3 3/4 cup tap water.

  • Greenisgood

    And now you can grow a Zombie Plant at home and watch how it Plays DEAD when you Touch it! While supplies last that is!