Making slime at home is simple and easy! Pick a recipe here and try out some fun sensory slime play with your kids!
If you have flipped through a toy catalog lately, you may have noticed the number of toys boasting the inclusion of slime.
And for good reason: sensory play using things like slime is a cornerstone of childhood.
So dig in and get messy with one of these super slimy, super sensory, super fun slime ideas!
Super Fun Slime Recipes
The slime recipes shared in this section use ingredients that you will need to plan ahead for, unless you always have certain contact lens solution and laundry products on hand.
Therefore, unlike many of the sensory activities that we share, you might not already have all components in your possession.
But none of it is hard to find, particularly with online options for availability, so don’t shy away from planning ahead for one of these fun slime recipes!
- Looking for a place to get started with slime? This basic slime recipe from I Heart Naptime is said to be the EASIEST slime recipe ever!
- We had tons of fun here adding some googly eyes to slime to transform traditional slime into Monster Slime. This would be perfect for an icky Halloween party activity!
- What kid doesn’t love things that glow in the dark? If you know one, then definitely don’t tell them about this cool glowy slime recipe from The Best Ideas for Kids.
- Make your slime irresistibly soft and puffy with this fluffy slime idea from The Best Ideas for Kids. Like petting a kitten, minus the need for a litter box.
- Having a beach-themed bash? Make adorable and unique party favors with easy sand slime over at The Inspiration Board.
- This glitter slime recipe from Mom Luck uses just two ingredients, one of which is colorful, sparkly glitter glue. Glitter glue means you get fun sparkles without finding glitter all over your house for the next four months, which is a definite win for every parent who has ever used glitter as a crafting component.
- Take it one step further and add more bling with queen slime from Fun-A-Day.
Slime Recipes with Super Fun Surprising Ingredients
These recipes use things that I never would have expected in slime. So much fun!
- Don’t worry, this clever diaper slime from Sugar Spice & Glitter doesn’t use any…brown diaper slime. ;) My two-year old did that activity on the back deck last week and I highly do not recommend it.
- Channel your inner Minnie Mouse vibe with this this polka dot slime from Fun at Home with Kids. Secret fun ingredient: pom poms!
- Bubbling slime? Yes please! You can thank Epic Fun for Kids for this, well, epic fun idea.
- This sweet pink and white candy cane slime will smell like Christmas and may inspire you to start singing Jingle Bells.
- This chalkboard slime recipe from Dabble Dabble Doo allows you to write on slime. Yes, you read that correctly. How cool is that?
- Before you toss that watermelon rind into the compost, you may want to consider using it to make watermelon slime from Learn Play Imagine!
Edible Slime Recipes for Kids
Sometimes you don’t have borax or saline solution just lying around your house.
In these instances, what do you do?
What household items make good slime?
No need to postpone your slimey plans; just try one of these edible slime recipes instead!
In general, edible sensory play ideas use common household pantry ingredients, and these edible slime recipes are no exception.
Now, just because these slime recipes are edible doesn’t necessarily mean you will want to make a buffet out of them.
Rather, it just means that if your curious kid decides to sample their ooey gooey creation, you won’t need to make the acquaintance of a poison control hotline.
And it’s always a good day when you don’t need to do that.
- Try some tasty marshmallow slime using this recipe from Little Bins for Little Hands. No campfire required!
- No day is complete without chocolate, so why not whip up this yummy chocolate “slime” dough from The Soccer Mom Blog.
- Starburst is the star–no pun intended–of this candy-filled slime activity from Teach Beside Me. Pretty pastel slime without the need for dye!
- You can find a bunch more slime recipes that also feature candy over at the Candy Club. Gummy bears, candy corn, Sour Patch…it’s all fair game! As long as you don’t eat all of the candy first, that is.
- If you are cleaning out your pantry and discover a bunch of old Jello mixes hiding in the back, you’ll definitely need to try this Jello slime recipe from Little Bins for Little Hands.
- This super cool edible slime recipe from The Soccer Mom Blog changes colors as you mix it. How very Willy Wonka! (Just don’t sample the gum, Violet.)
Expert Parent Tips for Stress-Free, Successful Slime Play
- If you’re hesitant to use slime indoors because of the mess it can make, I totally get it! You can read all about why allowing messy play is, nonetheless, important over at Growing Hands On Kids.
- Does the thought of using slime indoors make you want to crawl into a nearby hole? We shared some tried and true tips for managing messy play at home.
- Slime on shirts, socks, underwear? If you need to know how to get slime out of clothes, One Crazy Mom has you covered.
- This tutorial from Fun With Mama is what you’ll need if you need to get slime out of hair. Assuming your child doesn’t want their head shaved bald.
- Read all about the best slime activators to make your slime activities successful, also from One Crazy Mom. Super helpful for someone like me who spent most of science class perfecting doodle stars in my notebook margins.
Other Slimy Activities to Try at Home
- Our slimy sensory bags use hair gel or Jello for ishy, squishy contained fun in case you’d rather avoid the “how to get slime out of hair” tutorials. ;)
- Spaghetti also makes for great slimy sensory fun! Sauce and parmesan optional.
- A DIY mud kitchen certainly fits the slimy sensory activity bill. And one of the best parts is, playing with mud is completely free!
- If you are looking for an art project, make some slimy sensory shaving cream art. Not all art can brag about looking good and smelling great, too!
What is your favorite way to make slime at home?
Share with us in the comments!