This Christmas you can give young scientists a chance to experience fun chemistry by helping them create holiday slime. All it takes is this simple Christmas Slime recipe. It’s time to get slimed!
Christmas Slime and Smiles
What does it take to make slime? Molecules. Long chains of molecules and a Christmas chemical combination! Slime experiments are a holiday favorite for elves, young scientists, and Santa lovers everywhere because of how awesome slime-making can be. It’s fun to play with and a joy to create.
Christmas Slime is a sensory experience that uses polymers and slime activators to get a chemically bonding reaction! The look, texture, and holiday fun scent of slime allow children to fully immerse themselves in the experiment while learning all about molecule movement. This Christmas Slime recipe is messy but so satisfying!
Step 1: Create Powerful “Bonding” Moments
It’s time to celebrate Christmas in all its colorful glory with your adventurous Christmas helper! All your child needs this Christmas is some chemical reactive ingredients and this quick instruction guide to add a little sparkle to the holiday season. Here’s what to grab if you want to make Christmas Slime that smells and looks like a holiday party waiting to happen!
Christmas Slime Recipe: Ingredients
(Serving size: 1 batch of festive slime!)
- 1/2 cup of clear, washable school glue
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/2 or 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 tablespoon of saline solution
- mixing container or bowl
- stir sticks (popsicle sticks work well)
- food coloring (your choice of color)
- glitter or Christmas confetti (optional – you’re welcome parents)
- holiday spice or scented oil of your choice (optional)
(Tip: Add 2 to 3 drops of peppermint oil, a cinnamon stick or small amount of gingerbread spice blend to your slime mix for a Christmas scent.)
If you don’t have a saline solution and baking soda within reach to trigger the necessary chemical reaction, other recipes call for 1/2-1/4 cup of liquid starch or 1/4 tsp of Borax powder as an adequate replacement option. They are all a part of the Boron family and react in similar ways.
Step 2: Pour On The Sticky Stuff.
It’s time to get started! Slime makers, take your 1/2 cup of clear washable glue and pour it into the bowl. This will be the base of your Christmas slime recipe.
(Fun Fact: That clear school glue is known in the science world as polyvinyl-acetate.)
Step 3: Add In Some H20.
Now it’s time to add some water to the mix! Add 1/2 cup of water.
Step 4: Get Out Your Color/Glitter Cannon!
Here comes the creative part! Bring out your inner artist and splash in some food coloring. If you want to add some extra sparkle, this is where glitter or confetti comes in. During this step, you can also put on your experimentation cap. Ask questions like these:
- How much food coloring do you need to add to get the particular color you want?
- What happens when you add two different colors into the slime?
- What is the texture of the Christmas slime after a teaspoon of glitter is added? How about a tablespoon?
And Voila! Next thing you know, you’ve got your own custom slime creation!
Step 5 (Optional): It’s Time To Get Scent-sational!
Before you put your slime activators (baking powder & saline solution, or Borax, or liquid starch) to the test, try adding a fun scent like peppermint oil, cinnamon or a gingerbread mixture of 1 teaspoon of ginger and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Stir it into the existing water and glue mixture. This will help to spread the Christmas scent through the slime. It can really help boost the holiday experience!
Step 6: Next–Activate The Powderous Pouring!
Get the stir sticks out it’s almost time to watch as molecules tango together in what’s known as the cross-linking process. Add 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder into the colorful glue and water mixture. Give it a generous stir, it’s about to get salty in here!
Step 7: Dribble In Your Salty Solution
After you’ve thoroughly stirred the baking powder, 1 tablespoon of saline solution is next. You’ve already exercised your brain muscle, now it’s time to exert some force with your arm muscles. Use your stir stick to mix the Christmassy concoction into a slimy consistency. You can stop stirring once the slime pulls away from the sides of the mixing bowl.
(Fun Fact: So what just happened? The borate ions in the saline solution reacted chemically with the polyvinyl-acetate (aka the glue) creating slime!)
Step 8: Now You “Knead” To Step It Up
Does your chemistry experiment feel a little too sticky to handle? Yes, Christmas Slime is messy but it shouldn’t be overly sticky. By adding a little more saline solution onto your hands and kneading the slime, it can help those dancing molecules bond more tightly to each other.
Step 9: Put Christmas Slime To The Test
What kind of slime do you like best? Do you think viscous (thick, stretchy) slime is the best kind out there? Or do you prefer a thinner, more soupy kind? Make a few batches of slime to determine what slime type you prefer, until you get the perfect Christmas slime! (Hint: Try adding different amounts of saline solution to the slime. You may be surprised at the results!)
Step 10: Have A Chemical Comparison Session
There are many types of slime. What makes one batch of slime different than another? Does borax react any differently than the saline solution? How does liquid starch react in contrast?
Step 11: It’s Time For Sensory Slime Play Time!
You’ve created your slimy masterpiece, now what?! Stretch your slime to the breaking point. How far will it stretch? Doesn’t the texture make it fun to hold? Some sensory scientists like to play search-and-rescue with their slime by placing tiny objects inside it (parent-approved objects of course.) Then they let others seek them out or guess what objects are hiding.
Step 12: Clean Up Time
Christmas Slime is fun to work with but can be a bit tough to clean off clothes and even tabletops. The key to cleaning slime is to get to it in time! Wipe or pick slime off the surface it is attached to quickly. Many slime makers also use vinegar to keep slime where it belongs!
(Tip: If slime gets on furniture or clothing that you value, don’t immediately pour vinegar on it. First, dab a small bit of vinegar and see how it reacts before using larger quantities.)
Step 13: Keep Your Slime Safe
Slime can last for weeks if it is properly stored. If you place Christmas Slime in a container that is air-tight, it is less likely to dry out. Reusable plastic and glass containers can help your slime stay fresh. Just make sure to clean your slime before storing it away.
This holiday season, smile from ear to ear with this fun chemistry experiment! No stretch of the imagination is required, only a lot of colorful, stretchy slime!