Our edible candy slime is possibly the most delicious of our edible slimes, but this Edible Basil Seed slime has an amazing bumpy texture, lasts for days – and is a cool science experiment in itself!
Edible Basil Seed Slime Recipe
Basil seed slime was one of the first slimes I ever made for my daughter – then about 3 years old.
This recipe was developed after much painstaking research and experimentation by my friend Asia over at Fun at Home with Kids – her website is actually the first place I ever heard about slime waaaayy back in the day and I
blame credit her for all of the slime- induced messes that I’ve had to scrape off my walls and floor since.
Asia’s books and site are a treasure trove of kids’ activities and play ideas – you can check them out here (and I’ll be doing a full review of them shortly):
As much as you can find many of these activities (or things like it) online, I highly recommend purchasing Asia’s books for a couple reasons:
- It’s easy for kids to flip through the books with you and pick activities they are genuinely interested in. You can use post-it notes to plan for future activities and bring the book with you as you shop or prepare the activities.
- Asia’s background in Educational Science means that you get more than just an activity – you get an educated and thorough description of the science behind the activities, what the kids learn from them, and why those activities are valuable.
- There are so many activities in here that you can’t find online – even if you’re the most avid pinner, there are activities that will be brand new to you and your kids! Between the books you have over 300 activities and many of these activities can be used for a week – and repeated over and over again for an entire childhood’s worth of experimentation and fun.
Not only is this slime incredibly easy to make (unlike borax-based slimes), it’s also completely taste-safe so I didn’t have to worry about pieces sticking to her hands and her touching her mouth or face afterwards.
And when you can rest assured that your kids are playing with safe slime – the fun begins! We’ve played with this recipe in so many different ways – squishing, stretching, molding, freezing and melting, using cookie cutters, etc etc. Unlike glue slimes, this slime dissolves and washes away with just a little bit of water, so it’s incredibly easy to clean off of things if you decide to break out the play dough toys – or even just some kitchen utensils to extend your play.
What I love about this edible slime recipe is that it really stays together and is less stringy and messy than some other slimes, and it’s also a no cook slime recipe! Kids can help make this simple recipe from start to finish, and you can store it in the fridge for a few days to play with over and over again. (Just add a bit more water and knead into the slime to rehydrate as needed.)
The hardest thing about this recipe will come before you ever start making it – finding the basil seeds.
I found them easily at my local Asian grocery store, but you can also order online.
You can also use this exact same recipe and method to make chia seed slime if you already have those on hand.
Once you have all of your ingredients, your kids are in for a sensory treat!
My daughter loves how bumpy and thick this slime recipe is – it’s almost like a slime stress ball!
The whole point of sensory play is to engage children’s brains and introduce new sensations, textures and experiences to create and stimulate neural pathways – and the best way to do this is to try lots of different forms of sensory play, or switch things up slightly to keep it interesting. Trying out a new slime recipe that has it’s own unique properties and texture is a great way to keep building strong brains.
Ingredients for Basil Seed Slime
- 2 Tablespoons basil seeds (find at Asian supermarkets)
- 1 cup cornstarch (more as needed)
- 1 to 1 ½ cups water, as needed
- Food dye, optional
- Flavor extract/scent, optional
Tip: if you don’t want to search for or order basil seeds, substitute with chia seeds.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Large bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Fork or spatula
How to Make Basil Seed Slime
You can find the rest of the directions to make this EDIBLE GAK SLIME ON FUN AT HOME WITH KIDS and in Asia’s first book 150+ Screen Free Activities for Kids. Be sure to grab Asia’s book and a few items from her Sensory Gift Basket post to get you started with some awesome screen-free play.
This Edible Basil Seed Slime is a quick and easy no-cook edible slime with a thick, bumpy texture kids will love – and you’ll love how easy it is to clean up!