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In this chemistry activity, learners make a slimy non-Newtonian fluid called "Gluep." Use this activity to introduce learners to polymers and viscosity. Learners will enjoy creating the slime and then exploring with it to see if it bounces, breaks, or changes consistency. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 2 400 mL beakers, jars or styrofoam cups
  • Elmer's Glue-All
  • spatula or spoon
  • 25 mL graduated cylinder or measuring spoons
  • borax
  • water
  • food coloring


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemical Bonding
      • Chemical Reactions
    • States of Matter
      • Solids
      • Liquids
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access with registration