This gold slime recipe is one of my most favorite slimes to make with children!
My son, my students, and I have been having a little too much fun with slime for years and years now! It’s incredibly engaging sensory play for the kiddos, along with being an interesting science activity.
What about you? Do you know how to make slime with kids?
The Inspiration Behind the Slime
This particular slime idea started with a slime-themed chat I had with Asia of Fun at Home with Kids. I’ve made slime with my son and my students many times in the past. So when Asia told me about a “Slime Week” challenge, my wheels started churning.
The kiddo and I worked together to create an awesome Lego Star Wars molten lava slime experience. One part of it involved this oh-so-easy gold slime recipe I’m sharing today. Years later, it’s still one of our favorite, go-to slime recipes to make.
A Word about Safety
While the kids and I have never had an adverse reaction to these slime ingredients, I can’t account for anyone else’s personal reactions. Make and play with slime at your own discretion.
Adults need to oversee every part of the process very closely. If there are any special allergies or skin conditions, take those into account before playing. No ingredients should be put into anyone’s mouth, nor should any of the slime.
Gold Slime Recipe for Sparkling Sensory Fun
We used three ingredients to make this gorgeous gold slime, and the kiddos played with it for hours! The kids helped me mix the ingredients together. Once it was all ready to go, I set it out on a large white platter.
We swirled it around on the plate, stood on chairs to see how far it would stretch, and had “slime falling races” with each other. Once the boys had explored the material itself, I added some gold coins to the platter.
One of the boys enjoyed placing the coins into the slime, then seeing the impressions they left behind.
He was very focused on squishing the coins into the slime, counting the coins, and hiding the coins for the others to find.
The kids absolutely loved stretching the slime up high, then letting it swirl and fall back onto the platter.
The youngest kiddo made a variety of “coin sandwiches” with the slime, telling me to “eat it!” with a giggle. (Of course, I reinforced that we don’t really eat slime ever.)
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We took turns loading the slime with gold coins. Then we’d stretch the slime up high or to the side and watch how many coins remained inside the slime.
The kids had a blast stretching the slime all over the place with me, too!
We found out it would stretch up taller than me (I’m 5’9″) and stretch out into the other room.
Our Gold Slime Recipe
I hope you have as much fun with this gold slime as we did! Here’s how we made it:
How to Make Gold Slime
Place all of the clear glue into a bowl or cup. If you’d like to add water, do so at this point by adding warm water to the empty bottle. Shake the bottle up, and then pour the water into the bowl with the glue.
Next, add the gold watercolor to the glue mixture. Be sure to stir it in completely before the next step.
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Shake the liquid starch bottle to make sure nothing’s settled to the bottom.
Pour HALF (about 1/4 cup) of the liquid starch into the glue, then stir very well.
Add half of the remaining liquid starch (about 1/8 cup) to the mixture and stir well.
Add the remaining liquid starch and keep on mixin’.
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Then knead the mixture using your hands. It will feel like thick pudding at first. As kneading progresses, it will transform!
After kneading for a minute, check the stickiness and stretchiness of the slime. Knead for another minute if necessary, but don’t over-knead.
If need be, add another tablespoon of liquid starch to the slime and knead for another minute or two.
Be sure to add the liquid starch in small increments or it’ll become a clumpy mess! If you run into any problems with the process, check out Fun at Home with Kids’ how to fix slime post. She has a different glittery slime you might want to check out while you’re there.
Let me know if you try out our gold slime recipe! I’d love to hear how your kiddo(s) interacted with it.
Gold Slime Video
Here’s a peek at how to make gold slime with just three simple ingredients:
Originally published on June 24, 2014
Incorporate the Gold Slime into Your Preschool Plans
While I think this golden slime is fun to make at any time, I also think it fits perfectly into certain preschool themes. A preschool pirate theme or a St. Patrick’s Day theme just screams “make gold slime!” to me.
Save time and get right to the thematic fun with done-for-you lesson plans from Preschool Teacher 101. The preschool plans have printable lesson plans for a week, as well as explanations for the activities (for whole group, small group, and center time), book suggestions, and related printables.
Also available on Teachers Pay Teachers