Kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens, enjoy making slime. It’s such a fun sensory experience! We’ve found some super cool slime ideas for you to try with your kids, and we’re sure they’ll love each one.
Wondering why you should deal with the mess of making slime? Well, it has lots of benefits for young kids, like building fine motor skills. They do this by stretching, pinching, pulling, squeezing, popping, poking, and pouring slime. It also helps young learners identify sensory attributes like sticky, wet, dry, crunchy, soft, puffy, et.
So, it’s totally worthwhile to get your hands a little messy to make one of these fantastic slime recipes today.
Cool Slime Ideas
Fizzing Volcano Slime from Little Bins for Little Hands: This super cool slime recipe combines the fun of slime with an educational science experiment! The classic baking soda-vinegar reaction is responsible for the fizzy fun behind this slime. It’s a little messy, but it’s so worth it to see the kids’ faces when the container bubbles over. Once the fizzy reaction is done, you stir it all up to finish the slime.
Rainbow Slime from Messy Little Monster: You’ll only need three ingredients to make this gorgeous rainbow slime. Start by making several different colors, and then let the kids have fun combining them. Try different color combinations to see which ones look best together. This is a great slime recipe for spring!
Galaxy Slime from Kimspired DIY: If using Borax is a concern for you, you’ll love this Borax-free slime recipe that looks like a star-filled galaxy. You’ll need lots of glitter glue, even more glitter, food coloring, and the usual slime recipe ingredients to get this look. Add star-shaped confetti (and even some small planets, if you can find them) to make it even more fun.
Ocean Slime from Natural Beach Living: Use this tutorial to learn how to make clear slime and blue slime to combine for the perfect ocean slime look. It looks just like frothy ocean water! You can put this in an aquarium-shaped container with seashells added to the mix so that it really looks like the ocean. Kids will get a kick out of pulling and stretching it to find the little seashells inside.
Sand Slime from Simple Everyday Mom: Playing with slime is already a great sensory activity, but when sand is added, that gives it even more texture, which kids love. Using play sand or decorative sand is best for this recipe to make sure it’s sanitary; sand from a sandbox or some other outside source may have germs or contaminants.
Fun Slime Ideas
Scented Glow in the Dark Slime from Really, Are You Serious?: Use your favorite kid-safe essential oil in this glow-in-the-dark slime recipe. You can use one of several different ingredients to make it glow in the dark, like highlighters, diluted glow-in-the-dark paint, or glow in the dark food coloring.
Sun-Activated Color-Changing Slime from Little Bins for Little Hands: Photochromic powder is the special ingredient in this cool slime recipe. It’s a sun-activated pigment powder that changes color when exposed to sunlight. Think of all the fun combinations you can make!
Camo Slime from The Gingerbread House: Boys will absolutely love making and playing this camo slime. It’s perfect for adding another element to playing with toy soldiers. There’s no Borax in this recipe either, and it smells incredible thanks to the baby lotion. Use unscented baby lotion if your child has sensitivities to fragrances, though.
Crayon Slime from Crayons and Cravings: Parents, sort those broken crayons from the good ones, and use those pieces to make this super colorful crayon slime. If you have a toddler, preschooler, or early elementary-aged student, odds are, you can find loads of broken crayons in your pencils boxes, under the couch cushions, and in the kids’ bedrooms. Use a grater or other tool to shave the crayons, and mix it into the basic baking soda slime recipe. Easy!
Floam Slime from The Best Ideas for Kids: Using only four ingredients, you can make this crunchy floam slime in no time! You might remember playing with this stuff when you were a kid, and it feels so good in your hands! Experiment with the amount of foam beads to find the slime consistency that you like.
This easy slime does not include Borax, which I really love. Just a few easy ingredients and you’ll have beautiful sparkly mermaid slime!
Make individual colors like purple, green and teal and mix them for an awesome mermaid effect!
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