How to make magic slime
magic slime
Stretch out this weekend’s wizarding fun with our super-easy slime recipe.
Published 25 October

After seeing the professional magicians in action this weekend at our Wizardly Weekend you can keep the enchantment going at home with this slipperiest of slime recipes.

This super-fun, super-sticky recipe will guarantee hours of slimy fun, changing texture the more you play with it. Unlike most slime recipes, this one doesn’t use washing powder and is lighter on the PVA glue than most, so not only is it fun, it’s safe for children of all ages. In more good news for parents, it’s easy to clean too; just collect any remnants by rolling them together (in the way you would with Blu Tack) once it starts to get tacky.


3/4 cup shaving foam
1/2 cup PVA glue
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp saline solution (contact lens solution) *
A few drops of your favourite food colouring
Glitter (optional)

* Saline solution must contain ‘boric acid’ for the slime to work, so be sure to check the ingredients.


Scoop shaving foam into a bowl.
Stir in a few drops of food colouring.
Stir in PVA glue and bicarbonate of soda.
Stir in saline solution (and glitter, if using). At this point the mixture will start turning in to slime.

This is where it gets really fun – where kids get the chance to plunge their hands in and start working away on their very own slippery slime. They can do this either in the bowl or turned out onto a plastic mat to knead the slime like bread dough.

That’s it. Pretty simple stuff, hey? Now it’s time to let them poke, pound and stretch their slippery slime to their heart’s content!

Clean-up time? As the slime reaches its final tacky stage, it’ll be super easy to clean off most surfaces. Once the kids have finished playing, pop the goo into a zip-lock bag to save it from drying out and to keep it primed for its next stretchy session.

You should find everything you need for this recipe in Woolworths. To take your slimy science experiments further, check out the slime chemistry kits at Big W and Kmart.