Let's make slime!

Primary KLA:
Science and Technology
Secondary KLA:
Educational levels:
Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8

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Children's fingers in green and red slime.

This resource explains how to make slime using cornflour to produce something called a non-Newtonian fluid. A non-Newtonian fluid is a substance which has properties of a liquid and a solid. This means it can flow like a liquid, but also can have a set shape. It all depends on the amount of force you apply to it. In this experiment, students determine which mixture of ingredients used to make slime will make the most stretchiest slime.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(ST3-4WS) investigates by posing questions, including testable questions, making predictions and gathering data to draw evidence-based conclusions and develop explanations

(SC4-6WS) follows a sequence of instructions to safely undertake a range of investigation types, collaboratively and individually

(SC4-7WS) processes and analyses data from a first-hand investigation and secondary sources to identify trends, patterns and relationships, and draw conclusions

(SC4-16CW) describes the observed properties and behaviour of matter, using scientific models and theories about the motion and arrangement of particles

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACSSU074) Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; These properties can influence their use

(ACSIS066) Safely use appropriate materials, tools or equipment to make and record observations, using formal measurements and digital technologies as appropriate

(ACSSU077) Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways

(ACSIS086) With guidance, plan appropriate investigation methods to answer questions or solve problems

(ACSIS103) With guidance, plan appropriate investigation methods to answer questions or solve problems

(ACSIS125) Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed

(ACSIS130) Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions

More information

Resource type:
Interactive Resource
learner, teacher
ScOT topics:
Mixtures, States of matter, Liquids, Solids (Matter)
Analysis, Experiment, Practical activity, Problem solving
File type:
State of NSW, Department of Education
State of NSW, Department of Education
Date created:
Thursday, 19 September 2019

Resource ID: bc836dad-befd-409d-b15d-3c9bfb65dce0