If your kids love sensory play, you’ll love this post. It includes my easy slime recipe and 7 FREE Pages of Rainbow Slime Printables! Perfect for a little St. Patrick’s Day fun.
Cool to the touch and vibrant in color – nothing beats slime when it comes to fun kid’s sensory play time! This post includes an easy recipe for ooey-gooey slimy fun for kids and some free rainbow printables to help with exploratory playtime learning.
Plus you can download my free 7 page printable pack of rainbow placemats for kids – scroll down to learn more!
It’s Spring and with April showers we can expect to see some beautiful rainbows.
With the coming of spring and the messes that ensue with outdoor play, and learning all about rainbow fun with my easy rainbow slime recipe, I was so glad to find these PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes! They even worked on my first failed attempt at rainbow slime, and were able to remove even the stickiest mess – white school glue based slime with starch (BTW – do not attempt to make liquid starch at home for a slime recipe – it doesn’t work). Phew!
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FREE Rainbow Printables and Easy Rainbow Slime Recipe
I designed the rainbow printables in this post to make it easy for parents and teachers to make for some extra-sensory play time. You can either create the slime recipe I’ve included here or you can use these printables (once laminated) as play doh mats or even with write-on, wipe-off markers to teach kids about the colors of the rainbow. Here you can see my three-year-old putting his blue slime where the blue color is on the rainbow heart printable. This entire slime exercise led to hours of playtime fun for my kids over the course of a few days. I stored our slime in up-cycled plastic containers.
A quick video to inspire your slime-time play!
Tutorial: How to Make Rainbow Colored Slime with my Easy Slime Recipe
To make one color of slime you will need:
- 1 Cup of water (tap water is ok) – divide this into two 1/2 cup portions located in separate containers
- 1/2 Teaspoon of powdered borax (you can find this in the laundry aisle at Walmart)
- 4 oz. of school glue – you can use white, clear or glitter glue for this recipe
- 1/2 Teaspoon gel food coloring
- 1 Canister of PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes – perfect for cleaning up messes!
If you plan to make multiple colors feel free to double or quadruple this recipe – just keep careful track that the ratio is 1 Cup Water, 1/2 Teaspoon borax, and 4 oz. of school glue + coloring for each color you plan to make.
If you research slime recipes you’ll see a variety of measurements for the water portion of creating slime. Just know that you may have some excess liquid remaining once your slime gels. Feel free to toss any excess liquid once you get a big jelly goop of slime. I tried a few different slime recipes (some using liquid starch) before deciding that I prefer this version with borax as the congealing agent.
Step 1 – Divide the 1 Cup of Water into two containers. Each container should hold 1/2 Cup of Water.
Step 2 – Take one of the 1/2 Cups of water and add the 1/2 Teaspoon of borax and stir until the borax is dissolved. If not all the crystals dissolve, not to worry, the recipe will still work. This photo was taken before I mixed the Borax into the water.
Step 3 – Get a large mixing bowl and empty 4 oz. of white school glue into the mixing bowl. My boys love to help me create recipes!
Step 4 – Add the other (borax free) 1/2 Cup of Water to the mixing bowl with the white school glue. Stir until well combined. When fully mixed you should have a watery glue.
Step 5 – Add approximately 1/2 Teaspoon of gel food coloring to the water and glue mixture. You’ll want this to be mixed in throughly during this step to prevent staining on hands and clothes from the food coloring.
Step 6 – Once the food coloring and glue with water are throughly mixed, you can pour in the 1/2 Cup Water with 1/2 Teaspoon of borax dissolved in it into the food coloring and glue mixture. Here you can see the glue mixture starting to congeal as soon as the borax/water combination hits it.
It doesn’t take long to see an almost magical response from the slime! It instantly congeals.
Step 7 – Once the mixtures have been combined throughly with a spoon or fork, they form a big blob. It is safe for children to massage the blob with their hands and to create a big ball of rainbow slime. Keep scrolling down for extended play using the free rainbow printables!
Despite our spring rainbow messes with slime, PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes it was easy to keep the boys’ hands clean and our space tidy and inspiring!
Before Cleaning with PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes our early experiments with my first batch of slime looked like this:
and after cleaning with PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes – the space was clean enough for Buzz Lightyear to come out and play.
Where to find the ingredients for Rainbow Slime?
You can find everything you need at Walmart. I found the borax in the laundry aisle, the food coloring in the baking aisle, and the school glue where school supplies are located. PURELL Hand Sanitizing Wipes, in convenient 70-count and 35-count canisters, are now available in most Walmart stores in the household cleaning aisles.
Follow this link to save on PURELL® Products with their latest coupons. Plus, PURELL® has a loyalty program on this site that will send you coupons when you sign up Purell.com – you can sign up for special offers, discounts and their latest news. I like using these wipes because they are safe to use on hands and faces. I keep a canister in the van to have on hand as the boys and I are out running errands, or out for something to eat.
Free Rainbow Printables
If you’d like to extend playtime with slime to include fitting slime into various shapes, you’ll love the free seven page printable pack for kids with loads of rainbows included here. These can also be used as play doh mats or even with write-on, wipe-off markers to explore all the colors of the rainbow.
I’ve included rainbows to match the four colors featured. You might also want to pre-mix food colors like red and blue to make purple, or red and yellow to make orange to create more colors from the rainbow spectrum. Whether you stick with the four colors in a typical gel food coloring package or create your own, this printable pack will lead to some fabulous and fun exploratory play with rainbows.
Just click the “Download” button below to download your free copy of this 7 Page Pace of Rainbow Slime Printables for kids!
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Originally published April 7, 2015.