Last year Sadako discovered slime through watching slime videos on YouTube.

Naturally she wanted me to buy her slime – all the time.

At first I had a hard time looking for the stuff.

I found this small tub of Noisy Putty in Fully Booked and while it was entertaining because it made all these fart sounds, it wasn’t the super stretchy kind that Sadako saw in a lot of the YouTube vids she watched.

Toy Kingdom/Toys ‘R Us didn’t have any, too; all they had was kinetic sand. However, they had this DIY slime kit that we bought and tried at home, but it was an epic fail.

One day my officemate told me she saw some slime in UP Town so I told her to buy me some for Sadako. The next time I saw her she handed me these small cheap-looking tubs of slime (well, they were cheap). I judged them instantly and thought Sadako would just try them for a minute and then throw them away. As it turned out, they were exactly like the slime she saw on YouTube!

Eventually Sadako wanted us to make our own slime, thanks to all those slime-making vids online.

Long story short, I ended up wasting a lot of money buying all the ingredients (and sourcing some from the kitchen) – all sorts of glue, baking soda, liquid detergent, liquid starch, baking soda, toothpaste, salt, sugar, liquid soap, lotion, shaving cream – trying to make slime.

I don’t know what happened. There were all these recipes online and no matter how much I followed them each attempt didn’t yield the result we wanted.

Until I found the perfect ingredients AND recipe.

Here’s how you make slime with your kids using ingredients found in the Philippines.

Elmer’s Glitter Glue
Baking soda
Contact lens solution

1. Pour the glue onto a mixing bowl.

2. Mix in a tablespoon of baking soda.

3. Add about two tablespoons of the contact lens solution and stir.

4. Add some more contact lens solution if it’s still a little too wet and sticky.

5. Knead.

That’s it. So simple.

I can’t believe it took me a while (and a lot of money and other ingredients) to successfully make a ball of slime.

This is my favorite recipe because it is so easy to follow and it’s fail-safe.

By the way, we were also able to finally make slime using Elmer’s white glue (you just add Ariel liquid detergent!) but we find the liquid detergent a little too strong (it irritated our noses every time) so we don’t really use this recipe much.

What we enjoy doing is making all sorts of slime using our favorite recipe. Elmer’s Glitter Glue comes in a lot of colors, plus you can even mix them to come up with new colors. Sadako also likes adding stuff like styro balls or colored sand to make the slime more interesting.

From time to time, Sadako buys different brands or kinds of glue because she likes to experiment (even if they end up as slime fails most of the time), but every time she wants to end up with slime that is stretchy and that she can actually play with for quite a while, she knows the right ingredients to buy and the recipe to follow.

I wonder when she’ll get tired of making/playing with slime.


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