February 12, 2014

Rainbow Slime Recipe

Rainbow Slime Recipe for Play


How to make rainbow slime for sensory play - Isn't it gorgeous?

We always have a batch of slime in our house.  Seriously, always.  Slime lasts for months and months on end which is why it's one of our favorite recipes for play.  I love materials that can be reused again and again.  We've been on a rainbow kick lately with rainbow flour paint, painting rainbows with marshmallows, and rainbow sand slime.  Since we were due for a new batch of slime I thought it would be fun to make this batch rainbow!  This rainbow slime recipe is so easy to make and only calls for three ingredients.



How to Make Rainbow Slime

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This slime recipe is so easy, a child can make it.  In fact, one of mine did!  JZ (6) loves mixing slime.  


We never measure when making slime.  Combine equal parts of liquid starch and school glue and mix well to combine.  Yep, it's that simple.


There are two options for this rainbow slime recipe.  1.  Make small batches, mixing the color in immediately.  2.  We chose to make a huge bowl of white slime and add the color in later.  Adding the color in afterwards does require quite a bit of extra hand mixing.  JZ was so eager to play with the new slime, and I didn't have the heart to make him wait.  He played with the white slime for over an hour on Sunday when we made it.  I added the color later that day.

Making rainbow slime

Didn't it turn out beautifully?

Rainbow slime recipe in beautifully vibrant colors

JZ and J-Bug (4) could hardly wait to dig their hands in the colorful slime.


They were so cute when they asked me if they could mix the colors.  As if I would really make this beautiful rainbow slime and tell them to carefully keep the colors separate.  That would be mean!


Even I was enthralled watching the colors blend together.

How to make rainbow slime - so much fun!

J-Bug and JZ stretched, pulled, and folded the slime in every direction possible, showing off the rainbow.

Rainbow slime recipe

JZ was particularly found of rolling the slime into balls and making it bounce.


Trouble shooting slime:  As I said, we never measure.  There is no exact recipe.  The key to a good slime is hand mixing well.  My kids usually do all the "work".  If after a lot of mixing the slime hasn't formed well add a small amount of glue and mix some more then a small amount of the liquid starch.  When I do that I fold the slime into itself continually until it forms a solid, stretchy blob.


My sweet friend at Blog Me Mom also made some gorgeous rainbow slime this week, and her recipe is baby and toddler friendly.  Be sure and check it out!

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30 comments:

  1. Do these get moldy? I made some play dough and put some of it in tuppewares and it got all moldy after a few days!

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    1. I've never had a batch get moldy, and we have kept some for as long as nine months. However, I've never had playdough go moldy either. Did you put cream of tartar in it? Do you live in a moist climate? You might want to store yours in the refrigerator if it's particularly humid where you live.

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    2. Hi Fla,
      I made play dough for my son 5 months ago, the last lot lasted 12 months. I make the recipe with flour, salt etc. All I do to preserve it is wrap it in cling wrap nice and tight then put it in a container! It's great. Then I just pull it out when my son wants to play with it and wrap it back up again!

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    3. In Australia, where it is warm and humid, playdough is always kept in the fridge. Otherwise it will go mouldy.

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    4. We never put our playdough in the fridge and have never had mouldy playdough. And we are in Perth, Australia. As long as it has enough salt in it there shouldn't be an issue and I only ever make cooked playdough which might make a difference too. Our issue is that even in a airtight container it will dry out after a couple of months.

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  2. My son and I are going to mix up a batch today. Loooove it! :-)

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  3. Where can I.get liquid starch?

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    1. Here is a link to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0042SWOHI/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0042SWOHI&linkCode=as2&tag=trupach-20

      You can find it in most grocery stores in the laundry aisle. :)

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  4. This is so cool and beautiful! I have been attracted to all things slime lately. I guess it's time to make some and introduce Mr. C

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  5. This is fantastic idea! :) I love rainbow slime and can't wait to try it! :)

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  6. This looks like such fun, and lovely timing for St. Patrick's Day. I just shared several different color/rainbow activities in preparation for St. Patrick's Day. The girls have also been learning about states of matter and would love to do this.
    I would love if you could stop by Toddler Idea Tuesdays and share this fun recipe.
    http://totsandme.blogspot.com/2014/02/toddler-ideas-tuesday-february-25th-2014.html
    Have a great evening.

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    1. this week is teacher appreciation at my toddler's childcare center (and everywhere). i think i might take the ingredients for something fun for the class to do at their sensory table.

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  7. What kind of coloring and how much did you use to make it rainbow colored? The directions weren't real clear about taking it from basic slime to rainbow.

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    1. I used liquid watercolors and didn't measure the amount. Keep adding color until you are happy with the results. :)

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  8. Just "liquid starch" is not right, I made with liquid starch and didn't succeeded. It's should be concentrated liquid starch.

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  9. This looks like so much fun! I'll be featuring this on The Crafty Crow soon!

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  10. You said to use food coloring, but won't that stain the hands?

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    1. Possibly temporarily, but it always goes away within a day or so. We typically use liquid watercolor paint, and that washes off with soap and warm water.

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  11. Can you mix your own liquid starch instead of buying it ready made? What are the proportions?

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    1. I have no idea. I've never made my own liquid starch. I use equal amounts of glue and liquid starch.

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  12. Where would I buy liquid water colour paint? Is it just a general paint you use in the school room or specifically bought at a craft store? - thanks

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    1. I buy mine either on Amazon or from Discount School Supply. These ones are my favorite. http://www.discountschoolsupply.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?product=16821&utm_source=Affiliate&utm_medium=weblink&utm_campaign=CJ&es=10423400000

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  13. Love this! Please link this to Artsy Play Wednesday today (or through Sunday). An upcoming round-up will be on rainbow crafts. This is perfect for the round-up.

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  14. Can it be any kind of school glue?

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    1. I believe so. I've only ever used Elmer's, but I would imagine that any would work.

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  15. Hi, do you know how safe this mixture is if ingested? I work with children with special needs who may try to mouth or eat the slime.
    Thanks

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    1. It's definitely not safe. Here is an edible version: http://www.blogmemom.com/sensory-activities-for-kids-1-ingredient-edible-slime-recipe/

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  16. For it to last 9 month does it have to be out in the fridge after use? Will it dry out if left out?

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    1. I don't store it in the fridge. I leave it out. Just be sure it is in an airtight container that is sealed well. It will dry out if left uncovered.

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