Making slime is not just a trendy, here today, gone tomorrow activity for kids!
It’s an awesome sensory activity for kids of all ages from preschoolers, kindergarten, elementary children and up.
And believe it or not, playing with slime is not only a great screen-free activity for kids, but it also helps kids’ development!
Like many parents, I was skeptical about letting my kids play with slime too. But let me tell you, as soon as I broke down and mixed up my first slime, my kids and I were hooked on it!
There’s something so relaxing and mesmerizing about squishing and playing with slime.
That’s exactly why we want to share our easy slime recipes for kids with you and your family. We’ll teach you exactly how to make slime at home with your kids the way you want it!
Do you like messy, sticky oozy slime? We’ve got recipes for that.
Maybe you prefer firmer, non-sticky slime that is great for indoor play? We’ve got that too!
Read below to check out all our fun slime making ideas. We guarantee you’ll find one your kids will be begging you to make today!
Easy Slime Recipes For Kids
All of our how-to make slime recipes are listed below. Be sure to check back often since we are adding new slime ideas weekly!
This 3 Ingredient easy Color Changing Slime Recipe is so simple to make and tons of fun! Make it inside, then bring it outside in the sun to see it magically change colors!
When summertime rolls around, be sure to whip up this simple ocean slime! It’s slightly see-through and loaded with glitter!
If your little girl loves all things girly and pink, she’ll have a blast with this princess slime recipe. It’s so sparkly and fun!
If you’re having a mermaid-themed party or ocean unit study, try adding in this sparkle-filled mermaid slime. It’s stretchy and so fun to play with!
Worried about slime staining hands or clothes? Start off with this clear slime recipe! It’s crystal clear if you let it settle and bubbly if you play with it.
This neon slime is pretty much the opposite of the clear slime – it’s loaded with bright colors thanks to acrylic paint. Make 2 separate colors or mash them together to create a new color!
Bring the beach back home with this textured sand slime! It’s perfect for adding to a summer sensory bin.
This watermelon slime is one of our all-time favorites! It looks so much like it has real seeds in it, but don’t worry, you don’t need a real watermelon to make this fun slime.
Kids who love slime will want to try out this fluffy slime recipe without borax. It can be made in a variety of colors so there are endless ideas!
If shiny and sparkly are your favorites, this holographic glitter slime needs to be at the top of your list! It’s infused with glitter flakes, sparkles, and more!
Wondering how to make fourth of July slime? Check out this post that’s perfect for Independence Day!
The look and texture of this galaxy slime is so enticing! Kids can make this for a space party or when learning about planets and galaxies! If you need to know how to make galaxy slime without borax, we have the recipe for you!
This lemon jello slime is perfect for summer! Although it’s not edible, it does smell fruity and tart thanks to lemon jello!
Mix confetti into clear slime to make this festive, 3 ingredient Valentine slime!
Benefits Of Slime For Kids
You may be thinking slime is just some weird trend kids these days are into, but did you know there are several benefits of playing with slime?
First, let’s talk about the obvious.
Making slime for your kids and playing with them is a great activity to connect with your kids. Far too often we as parents want to do things we like, instead of things our children have an interest in.
Slime is a great bridge activity that parents and kids can enjoy together!
If you haven’t played with slime before, you need to try it out at least once. I’ll bet it’s easier, more fun, and a great relationship-building activity you and your kids will love doing.
Another benefit of playing with the slime is it’s a screen-free activity. As parents, we know all too well how easy it is for our kids to get sucked into screens. From phones to computers, tablets, and TVs, our kids are inundated with screen time.
Sometimes it’s hard to get our kids away from all the noise of electronics. Since slime is so alluring for kids, it’s the perfect screen-free activity.
Finally, slime is an amazing sensory play activity for kids. When children are pulling, squishing, and mixing the slime it engages multiple senses. This in turn allows the brain to develop new neural connections, increase creativity and develop observational skills.
According to an article by Michigan State University, “In play experiences, combining the sense of touch with the senses of vision, hearing, taste and smell helps build cognitive skills.”
If you’ve made it this far, I’m sure you realize there’s really more to this slime fad than meets the eye.
Why don’t you give it a try and whip up a batch of slime for your kids to play with?
We’re betting after your first batch, you’ll be back to make more and more!
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