Slime - Mud Mates Messy Play Blog - cornflour gloop recipe

This cornflour slime (or gloop as it’s also known) is an easy-peasy messy play and sensory substance to whip up. It uses simple household ingredients, and Miss 2 ½ played with it for almost one hour straight, yes seriously! (That is pretty impressive considering her normally very limited attention span).

What you’ll need to make the slime:

– 2 ¼ cups cornflour (though it’s handy to have a bit extra on hand too)
– ½ cup shampoo
– 6 Tablespoons water (approximately)
– Food colouring (whatever colour you choose)


Mix the shampoo and a couple of drops of food colouring together.
Mix together with the cornflour.
Add the water 1 Tablespoon at a time. You may need a bit more or a bit less water to get the right consistency.

Once it’s all mixed together you have this amazing slime like dough you can play with. It should roll into a ball (if it’s too wet to roll into a ball add a little bit more cornflour). It should be nice and shiny and soften/melt in your hands (if not, slowly add a tiny bit more water).

It does get a bit messy so we played with ours outside (and I’d definitely recommend this).

Miss 2 was intrigued and not so sure to begin with but once she got her hands dirty she had a blast!

She had fun stretching it, rolling into balls, throwing it into the air and letting it splat on the table and just moulding and mixing it.

Messy Play Adventures - Slime

She loved making handprints in the slime then watching them slowly disappear.

Messy Play - Slime

It started to dry out after a while so I just mixed in a bit more water and we were good to go again.

When we were finished I scraped it into a plastic tuppaware container and kept it sealed. We played with it again daily over the next couple of days just adding a bit of water each time to get it to the right consistency.

Have fun! I’d love to hear how you get on with this activity. Did your kids love it as much as mine did? Please leave a comment below and let me know. 🙂

You might also like our Winter Snow Dough recipe.

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5 thoughts on “Slime

  1. Kylie says:

    Hey Mudmates,
    This recipe and idea is fantastic. My two girls (19 months and 3years) just loved it! Of course they played with it outside with their Mudmates aprons on.
    My only downfall was not having cheap shampoo on hand – so used my good loreal one! Ops!
    Thank you for the idea.

    • says:

      I’m so glad you liked it Kylie, thanks for letting me know. Shame about your fancy shampoo!! 🙂

  2. Jackie Procter says:

    This is brilliant! What a cool activity to do over the winter months when we all suffer from cabin fever! Thanks so much Mud Mates for a wonderful activity! And yes, our Mud Mates will be the perfect attire to wear for this 🙂

    • says:

      Thanks Jackie, I’m sure your boys will love it! 🙂

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