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Easy Ocean Slime Recipe For Kids

It’s no secret around here that we love easy slime recipes for kids!

Slime is an awesome sensory experience for kids of all ages. It’s simple to make, quick, cheap and loads of fun. It’s one of our favorite at home activities for kids.  

With summer in full swing, it’s the best time for us to share our simple ocean slime recipe! This fun ocean slime is great for sensory play and is an exciting twist to traditional slime. Kids will love playing with this bright blue, stretchy, squishy glitter slime that looks like the ocean!

This sea slime recipe is also free of liquid starch and borax, and uses contact solution instead so it’s less irritating for kids to play with. 

Read on below to see how to make this easy slime for your kids this summer! 

How To Make Ocean Slime Without Borax

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Slime Ingredients


First, encourage your child to pour 1/2 cup of clear glue into the large bowl.

Hand holding cup of glue of Ocean Slime Recipe

Next, add 1/2 cup of water and the baking soda and mix well.

Hand holding cup of baking soda of Ocean Slime Recipe

Now, help your child add the glitter and the blue dye to the mixing bowl and mix until fully combined.

Hand holding cup of glitter of Ocean Slime Recipe

Guide your child to pour 1.5 TBL contact solution into the glue mixture and mix well with the fork. Once the slime begins to clump to the fork, use your hands to knead, pull, and stretch the slime to make it less sticky.

Hand holding cup of contact solution of Ocean Slime Recipe

Finally, if after kneading the slime it’s still too sticky, add another tablespoon of contact solution and mix.

Hand holding slime of Ocean Slime Recipe

That’s all you need to do to make this easy slime recipe! Your kids will have much fun creating their own blue shimmery slime.  

Spider with slime of Ocean Slime Recipe

Ways To Use Ocean Slime

Of course, you can use slime any way your kids want to! But if they need a little help getting started, here are a few different ways to play with it.

First, we love pulling out our plastic ocean toys and adding them to this glittery ocean slime. You can create your own ocean small world play with just this fun slime and your animals.

Since we used clear glue, you can still see the animals through the clear blue slime, which makes it seem even more ocean-like! My 4 year old played this way for nearly 30 minutes the first day we made this slime. 

Dolphin with slime of Ocean Slime Recipe

Another way we like to play with this slime is to turn it into an I Spy type game. For this you’ll need smaller animals (or other objects) that you can mix into the slime. One way you can play is by putting the slime on a flat surface and letting your child pull out each item as they see it.

Shark, fish, crab, octopus, seahorse, with slime of Ocean Slime Recipe

Alternatively, you can add the slime and objects into a sandwich bag and make them squeeze it around to find all of the items.

To keep track of what was found, have your child write down each time they find something new. This is a fun and sneaky way to work on fine motor skills or handwriting practice. 

Hand holding slime with spider of Ocean Slime Recipe

Slime Safety Notes

All slime should be made by adults. Adult supervision is needed when a child is playing with the slime. 

This slime is not edible. This slime is not intended for children under 3 or for any child who may attempt to eat it. If any part of this slime is ingested, contact your doctor immediately.

Starfish with slime of Ocean Slime Recipe

If your child has sensitive skin, have them wear gloves while playing with the slime. Children and adults should wash hands after playing with or touching the slime. 

Ocean Theme Ideas

The ocean is such a fascinating place for kids to learn about! It has incredible sea creatures, beautiful colors, and mysterious depths. Incorporate the sea theme into your child’s education with some fun crafts, ocean activities, and printables!

From learning at school to playing at home, there are endless ways to explore the ocean with your child. Read on for a few ideas to get you started!

Sea Animal Books

The Snail and the Whale– Julia Donaldson, author of the famous book The Gruffalo, brings kids another fun book about an unlikely set of friends. Snail and Whale have lots of fun together in this colorful book!

Shark Lady– This children’s book is based upon the true story of Eugenie Clark, aka, The Shark Lady. Learn about her love of sharks, her discoveries, and the inspiring message of going after what you want in life.

The Rainbow Fish -This is a classic children’s book with a wonderful message for children. In it, a fish learns to share his favorite possession, his glittery scales, with his friends!

Under The Sea Crafts

Jellyfish Headband Craft – Using simple craft supplies, our free template, and a little bit of creativity, your child can make a jellyfish headband to wear and play with! This craft is a fun way to teach kids about different ocean creatures while developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Crab Paper Cup Craft – This easy craft is a lot of fun and perfect for younger children to make. Add this cute crab to your ocean theme party or lesson plans for some extra fun! Just follow our step by step photos and instructions to make your own paper cup crab!

Collage image of Kids' Ocean Crafts

Octopus Toilet Paper Roll Craft – Don’t throw those toilet paper rolls away! Instead, turn them into an adorable octopus craft with your child. This is a great activity for developing fine motor skills, color recognition, and creativity. Plus, it’s a fun way to talk about recycling and how we can help protect the ocean.

Seahorse Craft for Kids – Does your little one love painting? This watercolor seahorse craft is perfect for them! Your kids can explore color mixing and blending while creating beautiful seahorse artwork. Hang them up as decorations, or use them to play pretend in an underwater adventure!

Ocean Theme Printables

Our whale coloring pages put a spotlight on the largest mammal in the world! There are seven whale species included, including the Blue Whale, Orca, and Narwhal.

Your little ones will have a blast bringing these majestic creatures to life with their favorite colors. It’s also a fun, no-prep activity that helps develop dexterity and fine motor skills!

Ocean Sudoku for kids is a great way to work on critical thinking skills while learning about marine life. Instead of numbers, we replaced them with different sea creatures, like dolphins and sharks! This fun twist on the classic game will keep your child engaged and entertained for hours.

Collage image of Ocean Activities For Kids

Play dough is one of the best open-ended toys for kids! They can use their imagination to create anything they want, including sea creatures and underwater scenes.

Download this free printable coral reef play dough mat to spark their creativity! It’s also a great sensory activity that can help with hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Easy Clownfish Craft For Preschool

These shark color by number printables are perfect for Shark Week. Your child can practice number recognition while coloring in the cool shark designs.

The pages also have varying difficulty levels, making them perfect for kids of all ages. Download and print these worksheets to add some educational fun to your ocean-themed activities!

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Spider with slime of Ocean Slime Recipe

Easy Ocean Slime Recipe For Kids

Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Learn how to make this simple ocean slime without borax or liquid starch. It's a fun summer sensory activity for kids!


  • 1/2 cup Elmer's clear glue
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5-2.5 TBL contact solution (with boric acid)
  • 2 tsp teal glitter
  • 2 drops blue gel food dye (this one is the best ever!)


  • Mixing bowl
  • Fork
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons


  1. Pour the clear glue into the mixing bowl.
  2. Add the water and the baking soda and mix well. 
  3. Add the glitter and the food dye to the mixing bowl and mix until fully combined. 
  4. Pour 1.5 TBL contact solution in the mixture and mix well. Use your hands to knead, pull and stretch the slime to get it less sticky. 
  5. If after kneading the slime it's still too sticky, add another tablespoon of contact solution and mix. 

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Saturday 15th of June 2024

Just making sure, 1.5 TBL contact solution means 1.5 tablespoon of contact solution, right? or is it the 15mL tumbler?



Monday 17th of June 2024

Yes, you're correct with the first one. 1.5 tablespoons ◡̈


Thursday 22nd of June 2023

Is it ok to use plastic mixing bowls instead of glass?


Tuesday 27th of June 2023

Yes, I have used plastic bowls as well.


Tuesday 30th of May 2023

Will it work with white glue?


Tuesday 30th of May 2023

You can still make it with white glue, but it won't look the same. It'll be an opaque blue.


Thursday 27th of May 2021

This didn’t work at all ? it never congealed! We measured carefully and used all the right ingredients!


Monday 31st of May 2021

Oh no! So sorry about that, Kim! Did your contact lens solution have boric acid in it? If it doesn't, it won't come together. I just realized I didn't write about boric acid in the recipe card at the bottom.

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