Finding fun and educational activities for the holidays is a great way to incorporate the celebration into your learning. And when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, there’s no better way to learn and play than with clear slime! This quick and easy slime recipe allows you to add in fun holiday-themed elements, making it a great STEAM activity your kids will love. What’s so great about making clear slime is how easily it can be adapted to the holiday season. Use the basic recipe to make the slime, then mix in different elements based on your celebration. To make your own St. Patrick’s Day slime, grab some gold glitter, shamrock confetti, and plastic coins for your kids to incorporate into their homemade recipe.
St. Patrick’s Day Clear Slime Recipe:
- 1 cup Elmer’s Clear School glue
- 2-3 Tbsp. contact lens saline solution
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- gold glitter
- shamrock confetti
- plastic gold shamrock coins
- Pour the glue into a large mixing bowl and stir the baking soda into it.
- Begin to add the contact lens solution a few drops at a time as you stir.
- When you find that the mixture begins to pull away from the bowl, it’s time to begin kneading.
- Add the glitter and confetti. Continue kneading.
- Fold in some of the gold coins or offer them to your child as they begin to play.
- If the slime is still too sticky to play with, add one or two more drops of contact solution and knead.
How to Make Perfect Slime
Making great slime doesn’t have to be difficult! And since it’s a messy project anyway, there really isn’t one way particular way to make a batch of slime. But with these simple tips, you and your kids can make perfect clear slime every time you mix up the ingredients, no matter what holiday you’re celebrating:
You must use your hands.
The most fun part of this project is getting messy, which means your kids can’t be afraid to get their hands dirty. After adding the contact solution to the glue mixture, you’ll see the slime begin to form. At this point, the only way to properly mix the ingredients is to use your hands.
Pick the right glue.
The key to getting a good slime consistency is to use the right glue in your recipe. Most slime makers recommend Elmer’s glue as their glue of choice. But any washable school glue will work for this recipe. The key to getting the best slime is to use a glue that contains Polyvinyl Acetate or PVA, which is a nontoxic additive found in most washable glues.
No Borax needed.
When slime making first became popular, many recipes included Borax. But that ingredient isn’t exactly safe around kids. With this easy St. Patrick’s Day slime recipe, you don’t need Borax to make amazing slime! Instead, you need just three nontoxic ingredients – clear glue, saline solution, and baking soda.
Customize with mix-ins.
Once you have your clear slime made, your kids can have some fun personalizing their holiday creation. There are a variety of mix-ins you could use to create holiday slime, including food colouring, glitter, confetti, sequins, small beads, essential oils, puff balls, foam balls, faux snow, glow in the dark pigments, buttons, and rock salt. Experiment with different mix-ins to have some fun with this basic clear slime recipe.
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