So many types of slime to choose from when you’re planning for the kids.
How we adore making slime, and we love it even more when we get to play and explore with it.
That love of all things slime led to this, the ultimate collection of slime recipes from A to Z!
You’ll find at least one slime-filled idea for every letter of the alphabet. Sometimes, more than one!
Related: How to Make Slime with Kids
Pick a letter and find your slime activity! This resource can come in handy when you’re looking for sensory activities to go along with kindergarten or preschool themes. Or maybe you’re just looking to try something new with the 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 any of the different types of slime 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). Use the recipes below at your own discretion.
And if you have a concern about borax (which is in some, but not all, of the slime recipes below), listen to what Steve Spangler has to say about it:
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Types of Slime from A to G
Apple Sparkle Slime – Sparkly apple slime perfect for an apple theme, or just because! Love that you can make it scented, too.
Bee Slime – The addition of the bee, flower, and plain black buttons to bright yellow slime makes it perfect for an insect, flower, or spring theme.
Bubbling Slime – This slime recipe blew me away when I first read about it. So cool, and my son loved how it was used with Star Wars.
Butter Slime with Model Magic – Make a super stretchy version of butter slime that is silky smooth and such fun to explore.
Candy Cane Slime – Make this slime around Christmas or Valentine’s Day. Pair it with one of these other candy cane activities if it’s around the winter holidays. Be sure to try the Fluffy Candy Cane Shaving Cream Slime, too!
Chalkboard Slime – What’s even better than slime? Slime that you can use as a chalkboard, of course!
Chocolate Stretchy Slime (pictured) – A slime that looks (and smells!) like gooey, melted chocolate. Wow!
Christmas Tree Slime – Make this green glitter slime around the holidays.
Diaper Slime (pictured) – A seriously fun and fluffy sensory experience for the kiddos.
Eyeball Slime – Googly eyes make everything better. Even slime.
Fluffy Slime – A super duper fluffy slime that looks amazing.
Fluffy Blue Slime – A super duper fluffy slime in the perfect shade for the cold winter months.
Galaxy Slime – Use your favorite out-of-this-world colors to make your own galaxy slime!
Gold Slime (pictured) – A super simple recipe for making gorgeous, sparkly gold slime.
Types of Slime Recipes from H to M
Heat Sensitive, Color Changing Slime (pictured) – Slime is an amazing science and sensory experience, but this one takes all that up a few levels. Seriously amazing!
Icy Cold Slime – While this icy cold snow slime would make sense during the winter, I think it would be perfect in the heat of the summer. A great way to cool down when the temperatures are out of control.
Jungle Slime (pictured) – Break out the jungle animal toys after making this slime with the kiddos.
Kool-Aid Slime – Add color and scent to your slime with Kool-Aid!
Lava Slime (pictured) – This slime is perfect for creating a volcanic landscape for toy dinosaurs (or, in our case, a Star Wars reenactment).
Magnetic Slime (pictured) – This one is amazing! Explore scientific concepts of chemistry and magnetism. This is one of the types of slime I haven’t made yet (and can’t wait to try).
Monster Slime – Take the traditional glitter slime recipe up a notch by making slime monsters!
Mud Slime – Break out this pretend “dirt and mud” experience with toy worms, insects, trucks, etc. We loved using it during a preschool insect theme.
N to T Slime Recipes
Silver and Gold New Year Slime (pictured) – Super sparkly gold and silver slime! We made it around New Year’s Eve the first time, but it’s great any time of the year.
Ocean Slime – Gorgeous sensory play for an ocean theme.
Polka Dot Slime – (pictured) Love what they added to this slime to make it all polka-dotty.
Pumpkin Seed Slime – Grab those leftover pumpkin seeds and make this slime two different ways.
Pumpkin Slime – A sweet and simple slime with pumpkin glitter added in.
Queen Slime – Technically, this one could be a slime fit for any royalty. The kids loved adding sparkles and bling to it! We used it alongside a fairy tale theme we were exploring.
Rainbow Slime (pictured) – Bring on the rainbows after a cloudy day. I think this slime would be fun to make around Saint Patrick’s Day or when exploring colors and rainbow order.
Snow Slime (pictured) – Super strong slime that’s fluffy and so stretchy. Add it to your snowy themes or break it out any time during the winter.
Sand Slime – Make this during a beach or ocean theme. The texture is so cool.
Taste-Safe Slime – This slime isn’t made with the usual borax or liquid starch ingredients. It has just one main ingredient, and technically it’s okay if a bit gets in a kiddo’s mouth. I’d suggest not getting the kiddos used to putting slime in their mouths from the get go.
Tiger Slime – Make this slime with the wild animal-lovers in your classroom or at home. The kids can swirl the slime around to make their own unique tiger pattern!
Types of Slime from U to Z
Unicorn Slime: Two Different Ways to Make It – Let your students’ imaginations fly with these two unicorn slime recipes! Kids will adore getting to play with these whimsical slime recipes!
Unicorn Snot Slime (pictured) – How can you not want to make this? It is amazingly sparkly, and it has some of the gross factor with the entertaining name. Kiddos obsessed with unicorns are sure to get a kick out of it.
UK Slime (pictured) – This recipe is for those without access to liquid starch, and Asia of Fun at Home with Kids did a ton of research to help those outside the States find alternative slime recipes.
Valentine’s Day Slime – Beautiful slimy fun for Valentine’s Day. Of course, I think it would be fun to make with the kiddos any time of the year, too.
Watermelon Slime (pictured) – Make this recipe after enjoying some delicious watermelon over the summer. What a cool use for an old watermelon rind!
Xantham Gum Slime – This is another alternative to borax and liquid starch slime recipe. Full of a few different slime recipes to make, along with interesting tidbits about why the slime works.
Yellow Summer Slime – Bright and sunshiny slime. Add it to a space theme and talk about the sun, or use it as you teach children about the different colors in the world around them.
Zebra Slime (pictured) – Kiddos obsessed with these striped animals will have a blast with our zebra slime. Perfect for a zoo theme, as well!
Materials for Slime Projects
Making slime is one of those projects that I can always count on to be a hit with all of my students! And, as such, I like to keep some key materials on-hand at all times! Check out my go-to slime supplies below.
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- Liquid starch
- Liquid watercolors
- Food coloring
- Craft gems
- Foam beads
- Shaving cream
- Model Magic
- Googly eyes
What are some of your favorite slime recipes? I’d love to hear about the types of slime you and the kiddos love making together.
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