Glitter Slime

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In this activity on page 8 of the PDF, learners make a slimy substance very similar to mucus, and sprinkle it with glitter to imitate the way that allergens are trapped. Use this activity to explore how our bodies defend themselves against germs as well as the molecular composition of polymers. Safety note: Follow Milli's safety tips (on page 2) and do this activity with an adult.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Simulation


Materials List (per student)

  • Measuring spoons (1/2 teaspoon and teaspoon)
  • Zip-closing bag (snack size)
  • Water
  • Clear gel glue
  • Food coloring
  • Measuring cup (1/4 cup)
  • Marking pen
  • Disposable plastic cup (3 oz.)
  • Disposable plastic spoon
  • Borax
  • Glitter
  • Metric ruler


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Chemical Engineering
      • Metallurgy and Materials Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
    • Human Body
      • Immune System
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding
      • Chemical Reactions
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Atomic Structure
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


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  • All rights reserved, American Chemical Society, 2004