DIY Project: Magnetic Slime

Well, it is officially that time of year for chilling out, relaxing, and figuring out ways to keep the kids happy, busy, and occupied on those sunburned or rainy days. While it is super messy and I’ve sacrificed the soles of way too many shoes to the slime and Playdoh gods, the kiddos love the stuff and it keeps them busy for hours.

New and innovative variations of slime and dough are always popular at our house. Magnetic slime is the first project we tackled when school let out—it incorporates science, math, reading, and hones fine and gross motor skills. Plus, it is cool as all get out.


Magnetic Slime


  • School glue (like Elmers)
  • Borax
  • Iron fillings or powder
  • Water


  1. Pour contents of glue container into a large bowl. Fill emptied glue container with water, shake to get the rest of the glue out of the jar, and pour into the bowl with the glue.
  2. Add ½ cup iron shavings or powder (Amazon as both!) and stir thoroughly.
  3. Next, fill a cup with ½ cup warm water, add one teaspoon of Borax and stir until completely dissolved. Add Borax to glue solution and mix together (with your fingers) until it gets gooey and slimy.

That’s it—you’re ready to play and experiment!

Add food coloring, lots of glitter, stickers, you name it, to make different kids of slime.

Have the kids gather all kinds of different play magnets and metal gadgets and gizmos from around the house for extra fun and discovery!



About Becky Jha

Born and raised in rural Connecticut , Becky DeMattia-Jha attended Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, and has her M.Ed. She has been teaching high school English for 15 years and currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband, their two children, and their German Shepherd. She spends her precious summer vacations indulging in passions other than literature: serving as a lactation peer coach, practicing herbal medicine, organic gardening, making natural cleansers and cosmetics, and preparing quick and easy organic recipes for her family. She hopes to share her efficient, chemical-free, eco-conscious, frugal, and simplistic homemaking and homesteading tips with you.

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