Trying to figure out how to make slime with kids? Read below for some super fun slime recipes the kids will love.
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).
The Basic Slime Recipes That We Love
I’ve tried a variety of slime recipes, with and without kids. Here are our two favorites!
Materials for Liquid Starch Slime
Directions for our Slime Recipe 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.
Materials for Contact Lens Solution Slime
Directions for Contact Lens Solution Slime
Pour the bottle of glue into a bowl, and then fill the empty container with warm water. Add the warm water to the bowl and stir.
Add about half a teaspoon 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.
Add about a tablespoon of the contact lens solution and stir until slime starts forming.
Finally, knead the slime until it’s the consistency that you like.
8 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 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.
In case you’re wondering . . . yes, the kiddos named this slime!
Simple makes me happy, especially when working with kids. This particular 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 slime recipe 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 to play with dinosaur toys later on.
This slime is fun to make when teaching an insect, bug, or worm theme.
We put all kinds of bug and worm 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 Eve 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.
Candy Cane Slime smells wonderful, and you can leave out the scent and use it for Valentine’s Day too.
This two color slime is just what you need for a preschool zoo theme!
Turn some glitter slime into a monster making activity for the kids. We definitely had a blast with this one.
We ended up using it for a monster-themed number activity too.
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?
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