This is such a fun leprechaun slime recipe to try with the kids this St. Patrick’s Day! We love slime recipes and sensory play.
We had a sneaky leprechaun who decided to put slime all over the gold. What a tricky wee thing we must have running around this St. Patrick’s Day. That means the kids have to pick out their fortune from the green slime before they can spend their treasure–what fun!
I made the slime ahead of time to surprise the kids on St. Patrick’s Day , but you could always make the slime with your kids. It’s always fun for them to watch the ingredients change properties from a water state to a squishy state that they can hold.
The ingredients in this slime recipe calls for borax. I have waited several years to make borax slime with my kids to make sure they were both out of the stage of putting things in their mouth. If you are worried at all you may want to opt for a different idea like our recipe for Taste-Safe Water Beads that can be dyed green or make a batch of green Jell-O to stay on the safe side.
Before I start making slime with the kids, I always ask them if we eat soap or glue and of course their noses squish up and they say, “No way, Mom!” Then I remind them that all the things we are using to make the slime are not to go in or around their mouths, including the slime.
Now that everyone is on the same page with safety issues, let’s get to the gold!
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.
Slime recipe for St. Patrick’s Day
- 1 tsp Borax Laundry Booster
- 1 cup warm water
- 5 oz. bottle of Elmer’s Clear Glue
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 bowls
- 2 spoons
- Green food coloring (I used neon green)
- Plastic gold coins (Do not use chocolate gold coins)
- Gold glitter (optional fun)
In bowl 1, mix 1 tsp borax with the warm water and stir until the borax dissolves.
In bowl 2, mix 5 oz of glue with 1/2 cup of water and a few drops of food coloring.
Combine the contents of the two bowls and stir. The mixture will start getting slimy and sticky. Continue stirring until it isn’t sticky anymore. Pull the slime out of the bowl and dump the remaining water out because you don’t need it anymore.
Now it should look like green Leprechaun slime. If you would like, add gold glitter into the slime and mix it in. I recommend only using ultra fine glitter so it doesn’t feel pokey. My daughter loves glitter in her slime because she thinks it’s so pretty. My son doesn’t because he doesn’t like the feel of it, so it’s up to you and your children on what their slime will look and feel like.
Place gold coins in a bowl or on a plate and put the slime on top. You may want to mix the coins in a bit to disperse them evenly throughout the slime.
Let the children find the coins.
You could put out a laminated number mat or St. Patrick’s Day pot on the table for kids to count their coins with. Then they can see just how rich they really are, while practicing counting and one-to-one correspondence. Once all the coins are counted it would be fun for them to trade them in for a candy or prize.
What other fun St. Patrick’s Day tricks will your leprechaun be playing on your kids this year? Would your kids love this leprechaun slime recipe?