I’ve been making slime with kids since long before Fun-A-Day came into being. There’s just something so engaging about the process of creating it, and watching as the ingredients make something new. Plus, it’s just a cool sensory experience, and there are so many ways to change it up. Here are a variety of ways that we’ve answered the epic question, how to make slime?
Before I jump in, though, a quick comment about safety. Children need to be supervised around these materials, and under no circumstances should they be put in anyone’s mouth. Be sure that everyone washes their hands after playing with the slime, too. We’ve never had any skin reactions to the recipes we’ve used, but everyone is different. It’s something to keep an eye on depending on what materials you choose to use (and if you or the children have sensitive skin or allergies).
The basic slime recipe that we love
I’ve tried a variety of slime recipes, with and without kids. The most basic recipe that we’ve come to love is as follows:
- Pour a bottle of glue into a bowl.
- Fill the empty bottle up with warm water. Pour into the glue in the bowl.
- Next up, add any colors and doodads (like liquid watercolors or glitter).
- Add the liquid starch to the glue mixture a little at a time, stirring well between each addition. The amount that seems to work best for us is just under the amount of glue used.
- Knead the mixture well until it’s the right consistency. See Fun at Home with Kids’ tips for fixing slime if you run into any problems.
More than 5 idea for how to make slime
These are all of the recipes I’ve shared here on Fun-A-Day. I’ve made so much more slime than I’ve written about at this point. Each was met with huge amounts of enthusiasm from the kiddos! This list will grow as I take the time to write up the slimy experiences.
Sparkly Queen Princess Slime came to be thanks to one of my former preschool classes. It started with a basic batch of slime, with the children adding ingredients and playful extensions. In case you’re wondering . . . yes, the kiddos named this slime!
Simple makes me happy, especially when working with kids. This super simple Gold Slime holds a special place in my heart because it only uses 3 or 4 ingredients. Plus, it’s just beautiful!
If you have Star Wars or dinosaur enthusiasts at home or in the classroom, this epic Molten Lava Slime is sure to be a hit. My son and I put it together and then used it as a background to reenact some Star Wars scenes with Lego mini-figures. After he and I were done, we saved it for later – it got used alongside dinosaur toys later on.
Creepy Crawly Slime is fun to make when teaching an insect or bug theme. We put all kinds of bug toys into ours, but it would also be fun to add fake flowers to.
I have to admit, I love glitter. This New Year’s Silver and Gold Slime is super duper sparkly with it, and I love that! We had fun making the different versions and then combining them together for one beautiful mix of slimes.
Scented sensory play is something the kiddos and I have always enjoyed. This Candy Cane Slime smells wonderful, and you can leave out the scent and use it for Valentine’s Day too.
So now I hope you have some fun ideas for how to make slime with your kiddos! Do you have a favorite slime recipe? Pop over and check out my Slime and Goop and Oobleck, Oh My! Pinterest board for more ideas.