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Frugal Family Fun ~ Homemade Slime

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I love MoneySavingMom’s Frugal Family Fun posts this summer! I’m always on the lookout for frugal things to do with my kids. Last week, we made slime! Super fun, super easy, not even too messy, and you only need four ingredients: glue, borax, water, food coloring!


We followed the tutorial at About.com. It was very easy {once we actually read the directions}. Hehe…

Frugal Family Fun – Homemade Slime

Recipe Type: Chemistry Lesson


  • 1 tsp borax
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup glue
  • food coloring


  1. Mix 1 cup of water with 1 tsp borax in one bowl. Stir until the borax is dissolved.
  2. In another bowl, mix the 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup glue and food coloring.
  3. Combine the two mixtures and watch your slime form!
  4. Super easy, super fun, super frugal.

My kids played with this slime all afternoon. And I loved that it was also a sneaky chemistry lesson! I love it when my kids don’t think they learned anything! I just threw it out today because they haven’t touched in a while and I was tired of it on my counter. Don’t tell my kids that it’s gone!


blankAre you having any frugal, family fun this summer? Whatcha doing?

For more ideas, check out MSM’s blog and see what other bloggers are up to, too!

Linking up: Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways; WFMW;

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankp says

    I did this earlier this summer. So much fun for my boys. It keeps great in a zip top bag. I store it with all the play dough so the kids can have stuff to do without needing to make stuff all the time. Easy enough to make and pitch to though too so either way it is a win win.

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