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This is another slime recipe that we made over a long Thanksgiving weekend while we were away with friends. My son and the other kiddos requested some slime, and they helped me decide on general slimes they wanted to make.
I packed a suitcase full of a variety of craft and slime making supplies. This gingerbread butter slime came about because we all wanted to experiment a little bit. It sure seemed like a hit with all of the kids who played with it over the weekend!
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Before I jump into how to make this awesome butter slime with Model Magic, let’s talk safety. Do not make or play with slime around kids who are still putting things into their mouths. Ingesting the ingredients or the final product is not at all safe (for kids or adults)!
Make sure that there is adult supervision throughout the entire slime making and slime playing process. Making slime with kids is basically a science activity. You’re taking a set of ingredients and making something completely new. So treat the process with the respect it deserves.
We’ve never run into any skin issues while making or playing with slime, but that doesn’t mean you won’t. Always (always!) keep an eye out for any skin reactions when the kids (and you!) are interacting with slime. If you see any negative reactions, stop right away. Make sure the kids wash their hands after using the slime, too.
Gingerbread Butter Slime with Model Magic
I have to admit, this may be my new favorite slime recipe. It feels a little different than the other slimes we’ve made over the years. A bit more silky.
And it is super stretchy! I think that might because of the “secret” ingredient we decided to add. Okay, it’s not really a secret, as I’ve made sure to include it in the ingredients list down below for you. I mainly added it because I was concerned the Model Magic was going to inhibit some of the usual stretch I expect out of slime.
Ingredients for Butter Slime with Model Magic
8 ounces washable school glue
4 to 5 ounces warm water
1 tablespoon glycerin
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 to 5 tablespoons contact lens solution
4 ounce package of brown Model Magic
1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves (optional)
When you’re gathering your materials, make sure that the contact lens solution has boric acid or sodium borate in it. That’s what activates the slime and makes it all slimy.
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Directions to Make Gingerbread Butter Slime with Model Magic
First, pour your glue into a bowl. Since we make slime so often (much more than I write about here, actually), we’ve got a few bowls just for making slime.
Next, add the warm water and mix well.
Add in the glycerin and stir everything after that.
If you plan on making the slime scented, add your spices now. You can adjust the amount of spices if you want. Feel free to only use one or two spices, too. It’s all about the scent you and the kids prefer.
Once the mixture is all stirred up, it’s time to add the contact lens solution. Stir everything up very well, and add a little more contact solution if need be.
At this point, your slime is likely to be a bit more sticky than usual. I set it up this way because the Model Magic will change the texture once it’s added.
Finally, it’s time to add the Model Magic to your slime! Knead it into the slime, and keep manipulating it until the Model Magic is fully integrated with the slime. Be sure to catch those stray lumps that might appear.
There you have it – your own gingerbread butter slime made with Model Magic!
Now it’s Time to Play
Break out some cookie cutters, googly eyes, and buttons! We loved these additions to the gingerbread slime.
The children had a blast just getting their hands on the slime at first, of course. The stretched it and swirled it and kneaded it.
They may have tried to get it to stretch taller than me. (Spoiler alert – they were able to do so. I’m 5’9″.) Don’t worry, we had a large tub in place so no slime ended up on the carpet.
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Then out came the cookie cutters. Some of the children pretended to be making gingerbread man cookies out of the slime.
They worked together to press the cookie cutters into the slime and then tore the slime off the edges of the cutter.
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Eyes and buttons were added, and some of them drew smiles onto their slimy gingerbread people.
A couple of the kids had gingerbread man slime races. Yes, I said races. They’d make the gingerbread man or woman out of slime. Then the kids would push the bin so it was standing up and watch as the gingerbread people slowly slid down the bin. It was pretty entertaining.
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Some of the children decided just to make outlines in a big hunk of slime. Eyes and buttons were added there.
And then the kids would stretch the gingerbread slime while it still had buttons and eyes in it. Which was apparently hysterical, based on their laughs.
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Save the Gingerbread Slime for Later
Once we were all played out (well, it was really only lunch that interrupted the playing), we packed the slime up in airtight containers.
The gingerbread slime will keep for a few weeks this way, so you should be able to get quite a bit of use out of it like we did.
If you loved this festive slime activity as much as we did, be sure to check out our list of Christmas slime recipes kids will love!
Have you ever made gingerbread slime? What about butter slime with Model Magic?
Gingerbread Man Preschool Lesson Plans
Save time with done-for-you gingerbread man lesson plans. The plans come with weekly plans, daily plans, center activities, book suggestions, and activity descriptions.
The gingerbread man lesson plans also include the following printables:
- Character Puppets (in color and b/w)
- Gingerbread Color Sorting Mats and Object Cards
- Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Matching Colors (in color and b/w)
- Gingerbread House Measurement and Size Sorting Cards
- Gingerbread Man Number Cards (in color and b/w)
- Ten-Frame Mats 1-10 (in color and b/w)
- Gingerbread Man Pattern Prompt Task Cards
- Gingerbread Man Rhyming Sort
- Ending Sound Matching Puzzles
- Roll and Graph Game
- Gingerbread Man Water Science Experiment Recording Sheet (in color and b/w)
- Cookie Recording Sheet (in color and b/w)
- Decorate a Gingerbread House Counting Mats for Numbers 1-10 and one blank version in color and b/w
- Gingerbread Five Senses Recording Sheet (in color and b/w)
Grab your gingerbread lesson plan sets from Preschool Teacher 101. You can also find us on Teachers Pay Teachers.
More Recipes for Butter Slime with Model Magic
After we made our gingerbread slime version, I went looking for a few more butter slime recipes to share with you. Check them out below:
Buggy and Buddy shares a few multi-color versions.
ArtBar explores how to make the slime two different ways.
Life’s Carousel incorporates shaving cream into their version.
Be sure to see how The Artful Parent’s daughter makes hers.
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