Sensory Activities for Kids : 1 ingredient edible slime recipe

Sensory Activities for Kids : 1 ingredient edible slime recipe
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Sensory Activities for Kids : 1 ingredient edible slime recipe

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Sensory activities are one of our favorite kids activities. Today I share an idea for making non-toxic, borax-free, 1 ingredient edible slime that is ready in 5 minutes. {Click here to access all our sensory activities for kids we have done till day}

Are you intrigued? I was too when I first saw simple slime idea here. I also came across Coffee Cups and Crayons’s post on Borax-Free slime with similar ingredients. When I followed the same recipe, one of my children loved it and the other had a lukewarm response to it.. So I changed the measurements a little and redid it. Wow, suddenly this flubbery slime became irresistible. They couldn’t stop playing with it.

Materials [EDIT: Please note that if you want a rainbow slime, buy a store brand clear supplement with Psyllium. If you just want regular orange slime, Metamucil will work great. Clear Metamucil does not seem to work.]

EDIT: Since I’m receiving a lot of emails with questions, here are a few commonly asked ones

1.You can do this on a stove top as well.  I’m copying a few comments left by people who have successfully done this.

Dianna Y. says: February 16, 2014 at 12:38 pm (Edit) Just made this on the stove top. It worked out great!! Very excited because we do not use a microwave. I also made it organic/green. Thank you so much!! So easy to make and my daughter is having great fun playing with it right now! Submitted on 2014/02/17 at 11:14 am | In reply to Dianna Y..

Just made this on the stovetop as well and it turned out great! Boiled on high for 5 minutes, and used kool-aid to scent and color it. Love this recipe!!!!

2. Whole Psyllium Husks work. Check the above comment. Dianna purchased Psyllium Husks to make this recipe.

3. The active ingredient on the fiber supplement should be Psyllium

Rebecca Submitted on 2014/02/21 at 5:56 am | In reply to Sophie.

I used the Walmart generic version- it was labeled as unflavored rather than clear, but the active ingredient was psyllium. Worked like a charm on the stovetop!

I purchased a store brand natural fiber supplement instead of the regular orange Metamucil since I wanted to color the slime ( We are big on rainbows, remember? All our rainbow activities for kids here) { Two-Daloo has a fantastic rainbow sensory activities round up}

In a large ( I mean really large) microwave safe bowl add 1 tablespoon of fiber supplement. Add your favorite food color and then mix in 1 cup of water. Give it a good whisk and place in the microwave for about 5 minutes. But do not walk away. The supplement will rise up so it is very important to use a large bowl so that the concoction does not bubble up and spill over. Check after 3 minutes, if it bubbles over, pause the microwave and then restart it. After 5 minutes you will find this.

mix the ingredients for slime

or this. You get a cool snake -skin like product. { Read the tips at the bottom of the post}

borax free slime

This snake-skin like product stretches- pretty cool!

slime recipe for kids

And since we are making a rainbow we had to make so many gorgeous edible slime skins.

 skin like slime       green edible slime

They are easily transferable and oozes out of your container.

stringly edible slime

When you set it down for play, you can squish it, pinch it, stretch it and what not.

touch edible slime

Based on the changes you make in the recipe, you can get a more flubbery substance or a more gooey substance.

golden flubbery slime

The red one is more flubbery than the rest. The green one is the stretchiest.

edible slime

The best part ( for some kids) is that it doesn’t stick to you hands. My child kept transferring her edible slime from one hand to another without any part of it sticking to her hand.

holding the flubber slime

Rainbow tinted slime

rainbow slime

Tips, Tricks and Process

1. 1 TBSP of clear fiber supplement. The idea is to get something which is not brightly colored like (Metamucil) if you want to do an array of colored slime. If you just want to make one color, Metamucil will work just fine. If you are buying store brand make sure you get the one with Psyllium in it. Some fiber supplements (store brands) have wheat husk in them and I don’t think they will work.

2. Add food color to the fiber supplement.

3. Add 1 cup of water. Whisk and microwave for 5 minutes. If you are doubling the recipe, start checking after 7 minutes. Sometimes it doesn’t take 10 minutes to get the right consistency.

4. If you add too much water or don’t microwave long enough, the slime ends up like this (still fun!)

gooey slime

This a more rubbery slime which is NON-STICKY. More fiber supplement, less water gives you a more non-sticky flubbery slime. More water and less fiber supplement gives you a more ooey-gooey sticky slime. The choice is yours.

Make sure you use a LARGE bowl because the concoction does bubble up.

It is advisable to check the status every 3 minutes and check for your preferred consistency.

Once the slime is made, wait for it to cool down ( a minute or so) It will be HOT in the middle. I used a wooden spoon to stir.

Thanks for reading.

Hope you enjoyed the post

Check back to see a post on play ideas with this slime.. We made a SLIMY DINOSAUR WORLD!

1 ingredient edible slime

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  1. Lauren

    This is awesome! I bought a whole huge thing of Metamucil a while ago when a doc suggested it for my daughter. She only needed it for less than a week and now I have so much left! Now I will use it all up…for play!

  2. Holly

    This is wonderful! And seems so much easier than the borax method. We’ll be giving this a try. Any idea how long it lasts?? Forever in an air tight container?

    1. TurkeyMom

      Hi Holly, thanks for reading. Since this contains lot of water, it will eventually go bad. But you can keep it in an airtight container for 2-3 days atleast. We have made it 3 times and every time the slime was “really” play with. The kids just made tiny bits out of it hahahaha and I has to toss it. Since it is so easy to make with just a tablespoon of Metamucil, I just didn’t bother to store it. Hope you kids love this slime 🙂

    1. TurkeyMom

      Thanks for reading. Remember you only need clear fiber supplement if you want to color it.. Metamucil works just fine..

  3. jenjamsam

    Borax is TOXIC! So many people do not know this (myself once included). It says all natural, but just because something is “natural” does not mean it is “safe”. My son ate some silly slime we made (he was 3) using a little bit of borax. He ate some it! He threw up for 3 days straight! THREE DAYS of torture knowing something I made for a fun evening made him so ill. He couldn’t hold food or water down and they almost had to keep him in the hospital and put him on IV’s. Borax in small amounts are lethal to children and especially small pets. Even in the tiniest doses. So THANK YOU for this!!!! THANK YOU! I wish more people knew the dangers of Borax so they do not have to go thru what I did. A parents worst nightmare!

    1. TurkeyMom

      I’m not sure if I understand you correctly. But yes you can add a bit of Kool-Aid instead of food color for color and scent. This is NOT for consumption.

        1. TurkeyMom

          The ingredients are not toxic and accidental ( operative word being accidental) ingestion of the slime need not cause the caregiver any extreme panic or worry. Hence the word “edible” It’s always a good idea to supervise sensory play.

          1. TurkeyMom

            Yes if you scroll down you will see a couple of comments from people who used a stovetop to make this.

    1. TurkeyMom

      I’d do high for 5 minutes. Pause and check after 3. This is for 1 tbsp of fiber supplement.. So much with this sensory activity.

  4. Jacqueline

    Thanks for this idea. I saw some other blog posts for slime and knew that my 15-month old would have a good time playing with it. However, I didn’t want to use anything with glue because she still tastes all of our projects. This is a perfect substitute!

  5. sarah

    This is a great idea. It would be safe it it was accidentally ingested, but wouldn’t let them just eat it when they are done playing because like most things to much fiber is also a bad thing.

  6. Tanya

    I tried it with some leftover miralax, and it doesn’t work? Any suggestions? I used less water and even cooked it longer, still looks just like water.

    1. TurkeyMom

      Hi Tanya, as mentioned in the post it is the Psyillium husk in the fiber supplement that is necessary to form the slime-like substance. I believe Miralax has a different chemical composition.

  7. Dianna Y.

    Just made this on the stove top. It worked out great!! Very excited because we do not use a microwave. I also made it organic/green. Thank you so much!! So easy to make and my daughter is having great fun playing with it right now! 🙂

    1. Rebecca

      Just made this on the stovetop as well and it turned out great! Boiled on high for 5 minutes, and used kool-aid to scent and color it. Love this recipe!!!!

  8. Sophie

    Hi – can I check the Metamucil you mention has the ingredient ‘Inulin’? I’m in the UK and the only one I can find (listed on Amazon) has Inulin listed as its only ingredient, no mention of Psyllium. Or am I looking at the wrong kind of Metamucil? I’d really like to have a go at this but that supplement isn’t cheap and I don’t want to get the wrong thing! Thanks for the great post.

    1. Rebecca

      I used the Walmart generic version- it was labeled as unflavored rather than clear, but the active ingredient was psyllium. Worked like a charm on the stovetop!

    2. Cli

      Psyllium Husk is also known as Isphagula Husk, so Fybogel in the UK should work. I’m going to try it tomorrow x

  9. Nancy

    I love this idea so much, but couldn’t get it to work. I used the clear Metamucil, a glass bowl, the microwave (multiple sessions), and even the stove one time. Any ideas? I’m so bummed–but don’t want to give up yet. Thanks so much!

    1. Nancy

      Update (because I’m so happy): I bought some of the regular Metamucil, and it worked great! My son had a ball. Thanks so much! (The clear variety I had also had the Inulin, and it was expiring next month — don’t know if that had any effect.)

  10. Art Mom

    This looks like some much. I’ve made borax and glue slimes/goo before but I love the idea of using something edible and safe! Thanks! and the rainbow slime photos are awesome!

  11. Catherine

    I know the main thing is the psyllium so do you think psyllium husks would work…..? I bought t today without re-reading your post and knew it had to have the psyllium in it but have I gone a bridge to far by buying husks.? Thanks x

  12. Uli

    Thank you so much for this great receipe! I live im Germany and i was hoping for a Borax free slime for playing for quite a while! You cannot buy Borax here – for a good reason since it is toxic… My son was so happy with the psyllium slime!! So was I 🙂 I grounded “Flohsamenschalen” as they are called here and it worked perfectly. Thanks from far away!!

  13. Laura Trumbo

    Really disappointed. I ordered the Metamucil you have a link for in this post thinking that it would have the Psyllium that is required to make this work, but I got it and just tried to make the slime and it didn’t work. I checked the ingredients and it doesn’t contain any Psyllium. Glad I spent $10 on that. I would change your link to a fiber supplement that actually works.

    1. TurkeyMom

      Yes they do. If you scroll through the comments you will see a few comments mentioning the same. The post has been updated as well.

  14. cheri

    I made this with my grandkids and it keps turnig our sticky so it sticks to their hands and fingers, having fun with it but a sticky mess … any ideas followed directions

    1. balajilx


      Thanks for reading. What brand of fiber supplement did you use ? Metamucil is a safe bet. The supplement needs psyllium in it. Psyllium husks work well too.

  15. Tara

    I just made this as a sensory activity for my toddler daycare group and it was a HUGE hit! Thanks for the recipe, we love it! 🙂 One note: I used the berry flavour Metamucil; the colour and smell were amazing, but the colour does stain the hands. That doesn’t bother me (or the kids!) at all, just an FYI for those who might not be aware.

  16. Tara

    we dont use food coloring anymore and i wonder if you could use natural food products like beets or spinach or something to color this?

  17. mrsbluemoons

    hi. on a note unrelated to the wonderful project, you shouldn’t post peoples IP address publicly like you did in your notes, because it leaves them open to unscrupulous people (123.456.78.90 type of thing)

  18. Amy

    I think for my first batch it was a success! I had some leftover fiber capsules from my post-partum phase. They are Target brand psyllium husk – beige powder color. I figured I’d give it a try with this stuff since it compared the active ingredient to Metamucil. Took a few minutes to break open the capsules and get the 1 tbsp of powder needed. I followed the instructions above. After about 3 minutes I took a peak at the bowl in the micro and sure enough it had grown and got all puffy and shiny. It still looked a little too loose so I put it in the micro again for about another 1.5 minutes. Forgot to mention I added blue and red food color drops to make it purple. I poured the goo into another bowl to cool. Seems pretty close to what yours looks like. It sticks just slightly to my fingers so I think I may have needed a tad less water or maybe one or two more capsules of psyllium. But I’m quite happy with the results and how easy it was.

    Working with my daughter on her sensory needs based in her being enrolled in early intervention. Around 15 months old she started pulling her hair, to the point of almost being bald. We’ve been told it happens with some toddlers and they usually grow out of it. The EI people have been really helpful with the issue and have said sensory is a really great outlet for her. I had no idea how important sensory activities are for toddlers. We are trying to work this sort of thing into our daily routine.


  19. Liz

    Just made this for my 4 year old twin boys, they love! Been playing with it for almost an hour. Thank you!!!

  20. Elaine Macphail

    I just found this site and it looks great. I’m in the UK and are not familiar with Metamucil or Psyllium. Are they known by any other names, because I would like to give this a try with nursery children – 3-5 year olds.. Thanks.

  21. Patricia

    I plan on making this for my sons kindergarten halloween party on the 24th. I read a comment that said after a few days it needs to be thrown out. when would be the earliest i should make it so the kids can have fun playing with it? and what does it look like when it starts going bad?

    1. TurkeyMom

      Hi Patricia,

      If your class has a microwave I suggest you make the slime there. It takes about 5 minutes to make a batch. If you are making it earlier, I would make it the day of the party ( probably early morning before you carry it to his class) Throw in some googly eyes for good measure. Hope the class has fun with this slime.

  22. Jessica Alexander

    Thanks so much for this. It came out amazingly well. I am in the UK and I used 100% psyllium husk from I have been looking for a borax free recipe for ages. We will definitely be making this on a regular basis.

  23. Joanne

    Okay so I just put clear Metamucil in and some water and some Kool-Aid and boiled on high for five minutes what’s my next step please help

  24. mel

    Just did this at work with my 15 two year olds and it was a huge hit! Absolutely loved it! So easy to make and they enjoyed it for hours! Now on my lunch break making up big batches for the whole centre cos everyone wants a turn! Thanks so much!


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