I am sharing our gingerbread slime recipe as well as a video on how to make it yourself. My two oldest make this slime recipe completely by themselves, so you’ll see what a simple process it is in their video. If you have never made slime before, we will walk you through the process!
Slime is a wonderful sensory activity, and despite it’s name, it is really not slimy. It’s smooth and rubbery! A perfect material to stretch and add plastic items too.
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While my recipe is great to play with, it is definitely not for eating, tasting, or mouthing! If you have a child who loves to taste everything, I wouldn’t make slime with them. If you have pets who eat everything, I would never let this out of your sight.
Only you know your child well enough to determine if he is mature enough to use slime. I didn’t have any hesitations with my own children and preschool classes.
Now let’s make slime!
Gingerbread Slime Recipe
- 1/2 tsp + 1/8 Borax Laundry Booster
- 4-5 oz. of Elmer’s Clear Glue or 1 bottle (it is important to use Elmer’s, so no cheap glue)
- 1.5 cups of water, separated as 1 cup warm water (8oz.) and 1/2 cup water (4 oz.)
- 2 bowls
- Gold Liquid Watercolor (this stuff is like MAGIC)
- Cookie Cutters ( I use this 101-Piece Cookie Cutter Set year round)
- Googly eyes (I use this Googly Eye Pack because we love the ones with eyelashes and colors and assorted sizes)
- Perler beads
- Small buttons (all the ones I had around were too big, but I wished I had some on hand like these)
Our incredibly fun recipe calls for Borax. Those of you living in the UK don’t have borax, so use the ingredients of this recipe that my friend Asia from Fun at Home With Kids came up with and combine it with mine.
If you would prefer to make slime out of Sta-Flo Liquid Starch instead of borax, you can find directions to it from my friend Mary Catherine at Fun-A-Day. Keep in mind that Sta-Flo does contain Borax as well.
Here is the video on how to make it, and I’ll write the directions below the video.
How to Make Slime
First, you might find it helpful to read my post about the most common mistakes people make when making slime. This way you can avoid the most frequent mistakes that causes slime to fail. The directions I have below are short and sweet, but I have them in much more detail over at my post about how to make perfect slime.
Start with 1 cup of warm water in a bowl and put 1/2 cup of water in another bowl.
In the bowl with 1 cup of water, add 1/2 tsp of borax and stir until it dissolves. If you’re using warm water, this should just take a minute or two.
In the bowl with 1/2 cup of water, add a bottle of Elmer’s clear glue and stir. You can certainly substitute white glue, but the color won’t be transparent. Now add the liquid watercolor and stir.
Combine the bowls into one, and wait for about a minute. You will see the borax beginning to polymerize with the glue. Pull the slime out of the bowl and dump out the excess water. It will be a little bit sticky at first, but then it will all come together in a beautiful texture to play with.
Enjoy this super fun gingerbread slime recipe, and feel free to make this with children who don’t like to get messy. I’ve found it’s a real pleaser with them too :).
To store your slime, put it in a sealed plastic bag or container.
If you run into any problems with slime making, check out Fun at Home’s tips for fixing problems with slime.
If you get any slime on clothing, it should come right out with some vinegar. We always get slime on our clothes.
Once you take your slime out of the cookie cutter, it eventually becomes this. This was our snowman…who eventually “melted.”