How to Make Unicorn Slime

This Unicorn Slime Recipe is one of our favorite borax-free slime recipes.  How to make unicorn slime became a mission because my kids are obsessed with slime and unicorns.

Oh, and I have written the book on making slime…literally!  If you haven’t picked up the book, 101 Kids Activities that are the Ooey, Gooey-ist, Ever! (affiliate links are used in this article) then you don’t want to miss out!

How to Make Unicorn Slime

Making unicorn slime was a natural next step for my kids since it was combining their two favorite things in a colorful ball of happiness!

How to Make Unicorn Slime

A quality glue is the secret to making perfect unicorn slime. It brings out the pastel colors that make this slime so beautiful and fun to play with.

A kid-friendly slime recipe is super important to us.  The last thing you want is kids playing with harsh chemicals.

This recipe is a win-win.  Kids can get in on the mixing and help create this fun slime!

Slime Ingredients

Unicorn Slime Recipe

Most everything you need for this slime recipe is stuff you already have around the house or is easily grabbed at your next trip to the store.

  • 6 bottles of Elmer’s School Glue (4 oz each)
  • 3 TBSP baking soda, divided
  • 6 TBSP contact solution, divided
  • Food coloring (blue, green, yellow, purple, pink, red)
  • Wooden craft sticks (for stirring)
  • Bowls for mixing
 

Directions to make Unicorn Slime

  1. Empty a bottle of Elmer’s School Glue to a small bowl.
  2. Add 1/2 TBSP baking soda and stir until combined.
  3. Add 1 drop of food coloring to the mixture and stir. You want a light, pastel color, so be sure not to add too much food coloring. We decided to make blue, green, yellow, purple, pink, and orange slime. For the orange, we added 1 drop of red food coloring and 2 drops of yellow, but all other colors required just one drop.
  4. Pour in 1 TBSP contact solution and stir. The mixture will start to clump together and pull from the sides. Remove it from the bowl and knead it with your hands until it is no longer sticky and is pliable.
  5. If the slime remains sticky, you can sprinkle some more contact solution to the outside of it.
  6. Repeat with all of the colors, until you have six separate colors of slime.

Unicorn Slime Layers

Arrange the colors of slime in a line, and your unicorn slime is ready for play!

Squish it, smoosh it, stretch it, push it, pull it…and so much more.

I love the feel of the slime.  Do the colors feel different?

{Giggle}

Kid Playing With Unicorn SlimeWhat Are the Ingredients to Unicorn Slime?

There are a lot of ways to make slime, but our slime includes the ingredients: Elmer’s School Glue, baking soda, contact solution, and food coloring.

How Do You Make Unicorn Slime Fluffy?

Follow the slime recipe carefully and you will love the way the slime feels.  Slime texture is one of the most important things when it comes to play.  You really want a slime consistency that you can’t help but touch.

What Colors Do You Need to Make Unicorn Slime?

Our unicorn slime recipe uses the following food color colors:  blue, green, yellow, purple, pink, and red.  You could go more traditional with the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.  Since you are probably using food coloring like we did, be aware that it is difficult to get really deep, saturated colors that don’t bleed onto your hands during play.

Slime close up

Is Elmer’s Glue Slime Safe?

Here is the information straight from Elmer’s website about Elmer’s Glue Slime Safety:

Elmer’s new slime recipes which are safe to make at home and include commonly used household ingredients such as baking soda and contact lens solution. Containing only trace amounts of boric acid, contact lens solution can be purchased over the counter and is regulated by the FDA. Baking soda is a common safe food ingredient.

Is Slime Safe for Toddlers?

Yes and no.  We recommend using a recipe like this one that doesn’t have toxic ingredients like Borax, but that doesn’t mean it is edible or should be put in the toddler’s mouth.  If you have a child that usually puts things in their mouth, then an edible play dough is a better.

Making slime at home

How To Make Slime without Borax

Recipes like this slime recipe do not use Borax.  There are many slime recipes that do, but alternatives like this unicorn slime project can give kids a way to make slime without touching Borax.

Stretching Unicorn Slime

Play with Your Newly-Made Slime!

As you stretch the slime, the colors mix together to create such a fun effect!

Unicorn Slime Science Experiment

Add a slime science experiment and record what the unicorn slime looks like after:

  • 30 seconds of play
  • 1 minute of play
  • 5 minutes of play
  • the next day

Was there any change?  Why do you think it changed or didn’t change?  How would it be different with different colors?

Playing with Homemade Slime

Jello Unicorn Slime

Another kid-safe unicorn slime is the Jello Unicorn Slime Making Kit.  I have been waiting for the Jello Slime Kits for a long time!  The Jello Play Unicorn Slime kit has everything you need to make colorful magical slime!

Poopsie Unicorn Surprise Slime

If your kids are a fan of the Poopsie Slime Surprise Unicorn Slime, you could modify the colors to be a little brighter.  I actually LOVE the pastel colors we used here…it seems more unicorn-y.

It has been so fun to see the popularity of the Poopsie slime unicorn.  They are really fun.

Elmers Glue with Unicorn Slime

Remember how we mentioned that the glue is the key?  Make sure you are using a glue that is washable, no-run glue that is easy to use and stays where you put it.

Make Slime at Home

There are so many fun recipes for slime that you can make at home (or school).  Here are a few we have created here on Kids Activities Blog…

Yield: 6 small batches of Unicorn Slime

How to Make Unicorn Slime

Kid Playing With Unicorn Slime

This unicorn slime recipe is one of our favorite borax-free, non-toxic slime recipes. It is kid-safe and a lot of fun to stretch, squish and pull.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost under $10

Materials

  • 6 bottles of Elmer's School Glue (4 oz. each)
  • 3 Tablespoons of baking soda, divided
  • 6 Tablespoons of contact solution, divided
  • 6 colors of food coloring - blue, green, yellow, purple, pink, red

Tools

  • 6 bowls for mixing
  • wooden craft sticks for stirring

Instructions

  1. In each of the 6 bowls, add one bottle of Elmer's School Glue.
  2. Add 1/2 Tablespoon of baking soda to each bowl and stir with the wooden craft stick.
  3. Add a different color of food coloring to each bowl - mix colors like red and yellow to get orange.
  4. Pour 1 Tablespoon of contact solution into each bowl and stir.
  5. Dump each bowl contents onto a counter top and knead until it is no longer sticky and a good slime consistency.

Notes

If the slime is too sticky, add more contact solution.

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7 Comments

  1. Hello! My daughter and I had fun making this and I followed everything you said. Unfortunately, when we were all done, the colors faded immediately and it became all white 🙁

    Any idea what I did wrong?

  2. Oh no! I don’t know why it would have done that… We used liquid food coloring and ours stayed colorful. Maybe try adding more food coloring to the mixture?

  3. Does it HAVE to be Elmer’s brand of glue? Also, I read somewhere that you have to get contact solution that contains Boric Acid (Walmart brand works) maybe that would help the woman who commented above^

  4. Love these great ideas! My daughter has a youtube page and loves to do all sorts of fun stuff like this on there. I will be sure to share your blog!

  5. This is awesome! We have a similar blog also! Slime rocks!!

  6. Oh I love these wonderful colors, they look amazing!

  7. contact solution What is contact solution made off?

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