Trying to figure out how to make slime with kids? Read below for some super fun slime recipes the kids will love.
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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 with kids”?
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).
How to Make Slime with Kids?
I’ve tried a variety of slime recipes, with and without kids. Here are our two favorites!
Materials for Liquid Starch Slime
Clear or white glue
How to Make Slime with Liquid Starch
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. (Clear glue tends to come in 5 oz. containers, so we usually use 4 oz. of liquid starch. White glue tends to come in 4 oz. containers, so we usually use 3 oz. of liquid starch.)
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.
There are plenty of liquid starch slime ideas out there for you to try. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Materials for Contact Lens Solution Slime
Clear or white glue
Contact lens solution (needs to have boric acid as an ingredient)
How to Make Slime with Contact Lens Solution
Pour the bottle of glue into a bowl, and then fill the empty glue container with warm water. Add the warm water to the bowl and stir.
Add about half a tablespoon of baking soda to the glue-water mixture and stir well.
Then it’s time to add the extras you’d like – glitter, liquid watercolors, etc. Once again, stir well.
Next, add about one tablespoon of the contact lens solution and stir until slime starts forming.
Finally, knead the slime until it’s the consistency that you like.
If the slime is still a little too sticky for you, slowly add another tablespoon of contact solution.
Super Fun Ideas for How to Make Slime with Kids!
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.
This simple gold slime is just beautiful!
This queen princess slime recipe came to be thanks to one of my former preschool classes. It started with a basic batch of white slime, with the children adding ingredients and playful extensions.
If you have Star Wars or dinosaur enthusiasts at home or in the classroom, this molten lava slime for kids is sure to be a hit.
We put all kinds of bug and worm toys into our creepy crawly slime recipe, but it would also be fun to add fake flowers to.
I have to admit, I love glitter. This gold and silver New Year slime recipe is super duper sparkly with it, and I love that!
Our candy cane slime recipe smells wonderful, and you can leave out the scent and use it for Valentine’s Day too.
We were so in love with our regular candy cane slime that we just HAD to make a candy cane shaving cream slime too!
This two color zebra slime is just what you need for a preschool zoo theme!
Turn some glitter slime into a monster slime making activity for the kids. We definitely had a blast with this one.
The consistency and stretchiness of this gingerbread butter slime with Model Magic is just amazing.
Oh my word, we have loved making galaxy slime over the years!
Make pumpkin seed slime in two ways during the fall.
Pumpkin slime is another great fall slime recipe to try!
Make fall slime with the kids as the leaves are changing colors.
Christmas tree slime is fun to make around the holidays.
And any of these snow slime ideas can be made all winter long!
More Ideas for How to Make Slime with Kids
So now I hope you have some fun ideas for how to make slime with kids! Do you have a favorite slime recipe that you make with your kids/students?
Be sure to come see our ultimate slime collection of types of slime from A to Z.
And pop over and check out my Slime Recipes and More Pinterest board for more ideas.