Glitter Slime

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Our bodies defend themselves in many different ways to prevent us from getting sick. In this activity, learners create a slimy substance very similar to mucus, and sprinkle it with glitter to imitate the way allergens are trapped by the nose—an important part of the body's immune system. Included is background information which helps explain the similarities between the slime and mucus. This activity would be a great gross-out Halloween activity, or could be used as part of a larger exploration of the human body.

Quick Guide

Learning Time:

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Model

English, Spanish

Materials List (per student)

  • Measuring spoons (1/2 teaspoon and teaspoon)
  • Zip-closing bag (snack size)
  • Water
  • Clear gel glue (optional: with glitter already in it)
  • Food coloring
  • Measuring cup (1/4 cup)
  • Marking pen
  • Disposable plastic cup (3 oz.)
  • Disposable plastic spoon
  • Borax
  • Glitter (if not already in clear gel glue)
  • Adaptation: 1 tablespoon Styrofoam beads or craft beads instead of the glitter
  • Metric ruler


  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
    • Human Body
      • Immune System
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry


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