This model magic slime recipe is one of our favorites! (Some people call it butter slime due to its consistency.) I like that it’s not drippy and sticky, but more of a slime you want to play with to relax or use as a fidget toy in a sense.
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So my husband and I have started teaching an after school enrichment class on slime! Yes, we are making slime with over 20 kids every week in a classroom. It’s crazy and nuts (and for just the slightest moment we wondered if we had lost our minds), but it’s actually super fun! I don’t think I’ve ever laughed and smiled this much in a long time since working with all these kiddos and their slime creations.
With the amazing help from my slime mentor, Babble Dabble Do (who has many slime classes and recipes under her belt), our classes have been tons of fun and very successful! Not only are the kids enjoying a wonderful sensory experience, but they’re dabbling in some hands-on science in the process.
What makes this slime recipe unique is the addition of model magic- you know, that clay-like material you can sculpt with? It really makes the slime a super cool consistency (one that’s super stretchy when slowly pulled and, yet, can snap with pulled quickly). It’s also a very smooth slime and not sticky at all. And what’s really cool about the use of model magic, is it can be what is used to actually color the slime- so no need for food coloring or liquid watercolors.
Also be sure to check out our ocean slime and jungle slime recipes!
Model Magic Slime Recipe
We made this model magic slime with 22 kids, but in this post I’m going to show you how to just make an individual batch. Remember, when making slime, not every measurement is super exact. You have to play around and add ingredients slowly, which is what makes slime creating so much fun in the first place.
*Safety Note: Slime is not safe to consume. DO NOT allow children that still put things in their mouth to play with this particular slime recipe or ever leave any child unattended while playing. This recipe uses ingredients that are not safe when ingested.
Materials for Model Magic Slime Recipe
- Small container with lid (for mixing and storing when done)- We used these deli containers.
- Spoon for mixing
- Elmer’s Washable School Glue (We like buying these large containers to save money.)
- Baking soda
- Contact solution (containing boric acid) We bought the Equate brand at Walmart. This Renu also works. Be sure whichever one you choose has boric acid as an ingredient.
- Lotion (We used baby lotion.)
- Crayola Model Magic in the color you want your slime to be (We bought a giant box of individually wrapped, primary colors. These were awesome. The kids could use them to practice color mixing and create their own colors. And the leftover packets can be used for a later slime or saved to just use for creating on a rainy day.)
Directions for Making Model Magic Slime
1. Start by creating a basic slime base. Pour about 4 oz. of white school glue into your container.
2. Mix in 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. (This will allow the boric acid in the contact lens solution to activate the mixture and turn it into slime.)
3. Add just a squirt of lotion and mix. (Lotion helps the slime to become even more stretchy, but be careful not to add too much. Some kids did this and it became very hard to activate.)
4. Now you’re ready to turn your mixture into slime. You’ll be adding contact lens solution a little at a time and stirring vigorously. This is going to bother those of you who like exacts (me included), but I’m not going to give you an exact amount. Start with a fairly large squirt from the bottle and stir. Keep doing this over and over until the mixture starts coming off the sides of the bowl. Then do the finger test (as my daughter has named it). Lift the spoon out from the bowl a bit and touch it with your finger. If it sticks and pulls away with your finger, it’s not ready.
This mixture is still too sticky:
Add more contact solution. If your finger comes away clean, your ready for the next step.
This one is ready:
5. Take the entire glob of slime out of your bowl and really knead and pull it with your hands. Really work that slime mixture together. Once you’re happy with the consistency of your slime, place it back in the bowl.
6. Open a small 1 oz. packet (or grab about 1 oz. from a larger container) of model magic. (Here’s a smaller pack of model magic than the large one listed in the materials list above with a variety of colors.) Work it with your hands a bit to soften it. You can even add a bit of water to it if you need to. Once it has softened a bit, you’re ready for the next step.
7. Place the model magic right onto your slime. Pick them both up together and pull and knead and stretch and squish until the model magic is completely mixed into the slime. (This can be quite a hand workout at first!)
Now you’ve got your super cool model magic slime to play with! You can even make batches in different colors and mix and swirl them together as you’re playing.
Here’s our batch of red and yellow mixed together.
8. Store your slime in an airtight container and it should last for quite a while. When you take it out to play with again, you might need to heat it up with your hands again and work it a bit to get it as soft and pliable as it was originally.
Love model magic slime? Be sure to check out my friend, Art Bar’s blog for her model magic slime recipe. It uses some different ingredients, and I love how she compares model magic with Daiso clay. It’s a great read with lots of helpful tips and definitely one to try too!
Do your kids love creating? My daughter absolutely loved this putty mixing kit! (And it wasn’t super messy. Yay!) We’ve give quite a few as birthday gifts over the last few months.