You'll never guess which kids' DIY trend may actually be toxic

Homemade slime is fun to make. But one of its ingredients may be toxic. Not to worry, we have a safe alternative!

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Late last year, making homemade “slime” and posting videos of it on Instagram became a major thing. The trend has gotten so big that glue manufacturer Elmer’s recently revealed that its glue has been flying off the shelves, leading some parents to report shortages.

But glue isn’t the only ingredient in most slime recipes. Another one is borax—which may not be safe, especially for little kids or pregnant women. In 2016, Health Canada warned Canadian parents of the toxicity of boric acid (and borax), as it has the potential to cause developmental and reproductive health effects.

Sadly, many fun arts and crafts projects call for the use of boric acid. One of the most popular slime recipes on the internet calls for white craft glue, borax and food colouring. Although this recipe makes for fun, stretchy slime, we have an equally fun—and safer—recipe. It may not be super stretchy, but it’s completely non-toxic, so you won’t have to worry if your sneaky little one tries to taste it. It’s simply cornstarch and water—although you can add some food colouring to personalize the slime for each kid.

Here’s how to make it. (Click here for more fun, safe craft recipes.)

Solid State Slime

  1. Measure ½ cup (125 mL) cornstarch into a big bowl.
  2. Gradually add water. You’ll probably need slightly over ¼ cup (60 mL), but stop adding when the water is incorporated.
  3. Stir, using your hands. It will be hard to stir, like a solid, but it looks like a liquid and will drip off your toddler’s fingers delightfully. (It’s hard to explain until you experience it!) Make a double batch if your toddler really likes to get his hands in deep.

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