Out of all the slime recipes we have made so far, this has to be one of the prettiest slimes you can make! Well, our unicorn slime is one of our favorites too but the colors on this slime are just so fun! You can have a lot of fun mixing up this Rainbow Slime for a great sensory activity for kids. This is perfect for a spring activity, St Patrick’s Day or even just a rainy day indoor activity!
This Rainbow Slime is so colorful and fun to make! Kids will love helping to make this slime. We just love how vibrant the colors are!
You can use this activity to teach about the science behind slime and also the science of rainbows. This is a good explanation of the science behind rainbows if you want to talk about it with your kids while you make this slime!
The Science Behind Slime!
When you add the contact lens solution (which contains boric acid and sodium borate) to the glue, it counteracts the glue and forms a viscous substance of slime which can be shaped and pulled. This slime forms due to the glue molecules cross-linking with the borate ions. This is a bond that causes the large molecules to no longer slide freely past one another (like the substance was when it was a glue). Therefore resulting in the slime substance!
What is a polymer?
Slime is actually a polymer because it has qualities of both a solid and liquid! Other examples of polymers are Jell-O, gum and rubber bands. White glue is also an example of a polymer. A polymer is made of long chains of polyvinyl acetate molecules. These chains slide easily making the substance like glue more easily poured.
Rainbow Slime Ingredients
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make one of the colors (if you plan to make all 6 colors you’ll need to repeat the recipe for each color you want to make).
– 6 oz of Elmers Clear Glue – we like to buy this gallon size of clear glue as it’s a lot cheaper and you can continue to use it to make more batches.
Note: We have only tested this with Elmer’s clear glue and recommend this brand as other brands may not work. You can also use Elmer’s white glue however the final slime won’t be as translucent looking.
– 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
– 1.5 Tablespoons Contact Lens Solution – *Important: your brand of contact lens solution must have boric acid and sodium borate in the ingredient list. This is what interacts with the glue to form the slime. We like this brand the best.
SEE: How to Make Slime With Contact Solution for more tips making slime with contact lens solution. There’s also more information on what boric acid is.
– Liquid Food Coloring – this set comes with all kinds of vibrant colors that you can use to make the slime very vibrant as shown.
NOTE: We often add a little bit of water to our recipe but in this case, since you want to attach the slime together it’s easier if the slime is less stretchy. Therefore, we recommend skipping the water in this case. If you plan on just playing with the colors separately on their own then you can add water if you’d like.
Watch the full tutorial video here before you get started!
How to Make Rainbow Slime
1. Follow our step-by-step slime making instructions here. Important: skip the water in this recipe for making rainbow slime so it will be easier to attach the slime colors together.
2. You’ll need to follow the recipe and make 6 batches of the slime. One for each color. Separate them into separate jars before you make your rainbow slime.
3. Line up each color side-by-side. You won’t need to use the full batch of each color when lining them up, so keep some aside to do it a few times.
Note: Once you start mixing the colors together they will likely turn brown. Anytime you mix slime colors, just like playdough, the colors do mix up. However, we find it is still fun to make different colors and mix them!
This rainbow slime recipe is colorful and made without borax!
- 6 oz Clear Glue
- 1/2 tbsp Baking soda
- 1.5 tbsp Contact Lens Solution
- 1 bottle liquid food coloring (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple). Or mix colors to create each color.
See our slime making step-by-step instructions here.
Note: You'll need to repeat these instructions and ingredients for each color you'd like to make. This recipe batch will only make 1 color.
Slime Safety & Precautions
Note: Making slime is a science experiment and safety precautions should still be made when creating slime. By making this slime, you agree to our site terms which you can read here.
- Adults should handle any chemicals and products
- Adults should make the slime
- Always read and follow the labels of products used. If contact lens solution is accidentally ingested, seek medical attention immediately.
- This project is not suitable for children under 4.
- Slime should not be placed in the mouth. Always wash hands before and after playing with the slime.
- If you notice any skin irritation, discontinue use immediately. If you have sensitive skin, wear gloves while making and playing with the slime.
- Slime is a science experiment and should be made and played with in moderation. Do not allow children to make their own slime and do not play with slime for an extended period of time.
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Want more Slime Recipes?
Have you tried fluffy slime yet? This is fun to make and the texture is “fluffy”!
See our Unicorn Slime Recipe – our most popular slime recipe!