Black and white slime combine together to make magical zebra slime! It’s perfect for any animal lover or during a zoo theme. It’s super easy to make, even if you are a little unsure about how to make slime with kids.
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Ask any kiddo what their favorite zoo animal is, and I’m sure you’ll get a ton of answers. Mine changes every day, too, so I can’t judge.
Chances are, though, that the zebra will pop up quite a few times. As an introduction to the slimy fun, you could share some amazing zebra facts! Did you know that zebras can probably see as well as owls at nighttime??
Your little zebra lovers are seriously going to adore this black and white slime! This sensory activity is incredibly easy to make. You just need a batch of white slime and a batch of black slime.
Then work with the children to twist and stripe the two slimes together so they look a bit like a zebra.
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Keep in mind that the black and white stripe effect of the zebra slime won’t last indefinitely. Eventually the colors will mix and you’ll end up with more of a grayish slime.
Take my word for it, the kids will still have a blast long after the slime ends up gray.
Striped Zebra Slime Ingredients
Here’s what we used for our stripy slime (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post):
I also highly recommend grabbing some plastic zebra toys.
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How to Make White Slime
The first part of our zebra slime creation was the white slime.
First, pour a bottle of white school glue into a bowl. If you have a giant tub of glue, measure out 4 ounces.
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Then fill the glue bottle with warm water, shake the bottle, and pour it into the bowl with the glue. If you didn’t use a bottle of glue, measure out about 3 or 4 ounces of warm water. Mix everything well.
Next, add liquid starch to the mixture in the bowl. For the batch of white slime, slowly add about 3 ounces. Stir everything together for a few minutes, until the slime starts to pull away from the bowl.
Finally, it’s time to knead the slime. Yes, you knead the slime just like you’d knead bread dough! Do so for about two or three minutes, until the slime reaches the consistency you like. Then set it aside for now and work on the next part of the zebra slime.
How to Make Black Slime
After the white slime is all done, it’s time to make the black slime.
For this slime, you’ll need a bottle of clear glue. This will allow the black coloring to really shine.
Start off by pouring the bottle of clear glue into a bowl. If you’re using a large container of glue, measure out 5 ounces.
After that, fill up the empty glue bottle with warm water. If you didn’t use a glue bottle, measure out about 4 ounces of warm water and add it to the bowl. Mix the water and glue well.
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At this point, it’s time to add the black liquid watercolors. We used about a tablespoon of the watercolors, but you can adjust the amount based on your own preferences.
Then pour about 4 ounces of liquid starch slowly into the mix. Stir things up for about two minutes, until the slime has formed.
Finally, it’s time to knead the slime. Knead for two to three minutes, until the slime is the consistency you prefer.
Playing With the Zebra Slime
Once the white and black slimes are done, it’s time to turn them into zebra slime!
To do this, use the white slime to make a zigzag pattern on a tray or table that’s ready for slime.
After that, make another zigzag pattern with the black slime. Do this on top of the white slime, in an alternate design.
Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. It just needs to be an approximation of a zebra’s stripes.
While I think that the zigzag pattern yields the best results, you can line up the slime in alternating rows, too!
Then add the zebra toys and let the children play as they’d like to.
We had the zebras stamping all over the slime to start off with. There were some entertaining stories about what the zebras were up to.
Then the kids enjoyed pulling and stretching the slimes. Some children wanted to know how far the slime would stretch, while others ended up focused on making houses for the zebras.
The children continued playing with the zebra slime far past the point when it turned gray.
Do you have any kids who would love this zebra slime? If you get the chance to try it out, be sure to leave me a comment about how it went!
I did want to make a quick comment about safety when it comes to slime.
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). Gloves are always an option, as is putting the slime in a sealed freezer bag.
Basically slime is a science activity. It should be treated as such so the kids have a blast while making safe choices.
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Originally published on March 27, 2017. Post updated to include video and new images.