One of my kids’ favorite treats is cotton candy which is what inspired today’s cotton candy slime recipe (part of our slime recipes without contact solution series). When we go to a fair or street event that offers cotton candy, they always want to get some.
Cotton candy is pure sugar, but I think it may be one of the least sugary candies because it’s stretched and spun? So there is only a teaspoon of sugar or so in each serving, theoretically.
At any rate, that’s what I tell myself every time I buy it for them.
We don’t always attend events with cotton candy, so I thought it would be fun to show my kids how to make cotton candy slime so that they could have the fun of cotton candy (without the sugar) any time!
Easy Cotton Candy Slime Recipe with 4 Ingredients!
Before you get started making your cotton candy slime, make sure you have everything you need to make this recipe a success! With just four ingredients, you probably already have everything you need to make this cotton candy slime recipe.
And don’t forget to download the FREE slime science lesson that will help teach kids the science behind slime!
If you are planning any circus STEM activities or carnival STEM activities, make sure to add this cotton candy slime recipe to your list of science experiments! It’s such a fun way to introduce the concept of molecular bonds to kids.
What Can You Use Instead of Contact Solution for Slime?
You can exchange contact lens solution with one of three slime activators. The following slime activators are among our favorites:
Each of these activators produces a slime with a specific texture. The thickest slime is made with borax powder, which also reduces slime stickiness and mess.
Liquid laundry starch makes slime that is always consistent and has the consistency of classic slime or gak.
Elmer’s slime activator is a mix of borax slime and liquid laundry starch slime that works perfectly with any variety of glue.
Slime Shopping List to Make Cotton Candy Slime
Here is what you’ll want to have on hand before attempting to make this creative sherbet slime recipe!
You can find these slime ingredients at any local store, but for me, it’s often easiest to purchase my slime supplies in bulk and have them delivered to my house.
How to Make Homemade Cotton Candy Slime without Contact Solution
Watch the video for tips and tricks on how to make cotton candy slime and scroll to the bottom of the post to get the printable cotton candy slime recipe!
Don’t Want to Hunt Down Ingredients? Try These Slime Kits!
Of course, you can also purchase ready-made slime-making kits that eliminate the need to hunt down supplies from anywhere! All of the supplies for slime show up right on your doorstep!
- Beginner slime making kit
- Unicorn slime making kit
- Ice cream slime making kit
- Mermaid slime making kit
- Neon slime making kit
More Fun Slime Recipes that Don’t Use Contact Solution!
Here are some of our favorite creative slime recipes that my kids love to make over and over.
- Easy to Make Glitter Rainbow Slime Recipe with Clear Glue
- Easy to Make (and low mess) Circus Slime Recipe
- Glow in the Dark Fluffy Slime
- Creative Ways to Make Slime at Home
To make slime time more educational and scientific, I created a science lesson, which you can download for free by clicking the link below!
And here is the complete recipe to learn how to make cotton candy slime!
Print out the directions and you won’t have to risk getting slime on your phone.
- Elmer's pink glitter glue
- White shaving cream
- Liquid laundry starch
- Mixing bowl
- Metal fork
- Storage jar
- Measuring cup
- Mix one four ounce bottle of Elmer's pink glitter glue with 2 tablespoons of water.
- Add half a cup of shaving cream to the glitter glue and stir.
- Fill your measuring cup with half a cup of liquid laundry starch.
- Pour half of the starch into the glue mixture and stir.
- If your slime is still sticky, add more starch.
- Keep adding starch and mixing until you have a soft dough-like ball in the center of your bowl.
- Pick up the slime and knead with your hands for about 30 seconds.
- Your slime is done and ready to go!
Need help? Watch the video below to see how we make this fluffy slime by making our own glitter glue!
If your slime isn't as pink as you would like it, you can add some soap coloring to make it a bit pinker.
Store the slime in a cool, dry place inside of a plastic storage jar to keep it usable for up to three weeks! If the slime starts to get sticky, add a little more liquid starch to bring it back to the right texture again.