How to make your own slime: the ultimate list of sensory slime recipes for kids with tactile defensiveness

Slime is a trendy craft and sensory tool right now. For kids with tactile defensiveness or general aversions to textures and getting messy, slime can be a fun way to develop a tolerance to new tactile experiences.

How to introduce slime to your child

It’s important to take your child’s lead when introducing them to slime. Especially for children with strong aversions to tactile experiences, allow them to interact with the slime at their own pace. For some, this may mean simply looking at it the first couple of times and even touching it for a while. Despite the patience needed, it’s easier to move slowly towards a new tactile experience than moving too quickly and needing to do damage control following a negative experience. Appreciate every step forward and try not to push it.

How Do I Make Slime?

When it comes to homemade slime, the sky’s the limit. There are slime recipes for every holiday, season, theme, and interest. There are even recipes for edible slime for the sweet tooths and culinary inclined.

Given the wealth of slime recipes out in cyberspace, I’ve compiled my favorites to give you my ultimate list of my favorite slime recipes. Give some of them a try and let us know how they go!

All of these recipes are borax free!

Themed Slimes

St. Patrick's Day Slime by Little Bins for Little Hands

Snow Slime by I Heart Crafty Things

Melting Snowman Slime from Little Bins for Little Hands

Fluffy Pumpkin Slime by I Heart Arts n Crafts

Valentine's Day Slime from One Crazy Mom

4th of July Slime from Momdot

Edible SLimes

Chocolate Slime from Teach Beside Me

Pudding Slime from The Soccer Mom Blog

Gummy Bear Slime from In The Kids Kitchen

Birthday Cake Slime from Shundara Castion

Kool Aid Slime from Growing a Jeweled Rose

Pumpkin Pie Slime from The Soccer Mom Blog

Soda Pop Slime from One Savvy Mom

Floam from The Soccer Mom Blog

Glowing Blood Slime from Thought Co.

Pretty Slimes

Galaxy Slime from Schooling a Monkey

Unicorn Slime from Little Bins for Little Hands

Sand Slime from Momdot

Sunset Slime from Left Brain Craft Brain

Glitter Gak from Momdot

4 Ingredient Slime from Sophisticook

Sugar Plum Fairy Slime from My Frugal Adventures

Miscellaneous Slimes

Essential Oil Rainbow Glitter Slime from Modern Parents Messy Kids

Fish In A Bag Slime from My Frugal Adventures

Fluffy Shaving Cream Slime from Sugar Spice and Glitter

Dish Soap Silly Putty from One Little Project At A Time

Kinetic Slime from Momdot

And, if the thought of making slime yourself seems overwhelming, there are more than enough options for buying it. Please note that these are affiliate links leading you to Amazon for your convenience.

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About the Author

Diana Fitts is an Occupational Therapist who specializes in sensory processing disorders.