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4 Recipes to make your own slime

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Kids' Choice Award-inspired science

When it comes to Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards, the slime gets its fair share of the limelight, especially when it's pouring down the star-studded lineup of A-listers! But, you don't need to be nominated for a Kids' Choice Award to have your own Nickelodeon slime time with these four recipes to make your own slime at home!

Borax-based slime

Borax-based slime

Found at your favorite craft store or the laundry detergent aisle of your grocery store, Borax powder not only helps you make your own Nickelodeon slime for your kids, but offers a fun way to sneak in some science lessons too!

What you'll need:

  • white glue
  • 2 5-ounce paper cups
  • food coloring (optional)
  • water
  • Borax powder
  • popsicle stick
  • measuring spoons

What you'll do:

  1. Fill 1 paper cup with water and add one tablespoon of Borax powder and mix well. Set aside.
  2. Take the other paper cup and add glue until the cup is filled about an inch high.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of water to the glue and stir.
  4. Add food coloring to the glue concoction in the hue of your choice and mix.
  5. Take your Borax solution and add 1 tablespoon of the liquid to your glue mixture and combine well. In less than a minute your slime will be oozing with Nickelodeon-style fun for your fingers!

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Glowing PVA-based slime

Glowing slime

Make your own Nickelodeon slime glow with a secret ingredient that will surprise your youngster when the lights go down!

What you'll need:

  • polyvinyl alcohol
  • water
  • disposable cups
  • glow-in-the-dark paint
  • Borax powder
  • zip-close sandwich bag
  • measuring cup
  • measuring spoons

What you'll do:

  1. Mix 3/4 teaspoon of polyvinyl alcohol and 1/2 cup of water in a disposable cup to create a PVA solution; set aside.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of PVA solution to a sandwich bag and mix in 1/8 teaspoon of glow paint. Zip closed and squish around to combine well.
  3. In a separate bag, combine 3/4 teaspoon of Borax powder with 1/2 cup of warm water, zip closed and mix by squishing until the powder won't dissolve any further.
  4. In a new sandwich bag, combine two tablespoons of PVA solution with 2 teaspoons of Borax solution, zip closed and knead with fingers to combine.
  5. To make your goo glow, hold the bag up to the light, let it charge up and when the lights go off you'll watch your DIY slime light up the night!

Moldable slime

Moldable slime

Similar to Nickelodeon's Floam, this shapeable DIY slime is the perfect way for your kids to get their slime on while crafting a Nickelodeon award or any creation!

What you'll need:

  • disposable cups
  • water
  • Borax powder
  • white glue
  • food coloring (optional)
  • 1 cup polystyrene beads (or Styrofoam block and a cheese grater)
  • zip-close gallon bags
  • measuring spoons

What you'll do:

  1. Combine 1/4 cup white glue and 1/4 cup water in a cup.
  2. Add a few drops of food coloring into the glue mixture and stir. Set aside.
  3. In a separate cup, mix 2 teaspoons of Borax powder with 1/2 cup of water. Set aside.
  4. In the plastic bag, pour the glue solution and polystyrene beads, and 3 tablespoons of the Borax solution, zip closed and squish to combine thoroughly.
  5. Now that your formable slime is ready to play, you can let your creations air dry for a keepsake or return to an airtight bag and store in the refrigerator for next time!

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Cornstarch-based slime

Cornstarch-based slime

One of the easiest ways to make your own Nickelodeon slime at home, this DIY slime recipe uses materials you probably have in your cupboard. Make this recipe for slime and you can host your own Nickelodeon awards at home — slime and all!

What you'll need:

  • water
  • cornstarch
  • bowl
  • food coloring
  • measuring spoons

What you'll do:

  1. In a bowl, combine 1 cup of water with 1 cup of cornstarch and mix with fingers until you reach a slimy, smooth consistency.
  2. Add in a few drops of food coloring and your DIY slime is ready for fun!

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