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Glitter Slime

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Glitter Slime

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 noseā€”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
      • Chemistry of Life
    • Human Body
      • Immune System
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemistry of Life


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