I mentioned on last week’s Edible Basil Seed Slime that you could use chia seeds to create the same effect – and after a few requests to do so, I thought I’d share a step-by-step on How to Make Chia Seed Slime with you today! This borax-free, no glue slime recipe is perfect for even the youngest sensory seekers.
Edible Chia Seed Slime Recipe
This is another classic edible slime recipe that my family has been making for years!
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.
Now – back to the recipe!
The chia seeds are naturally gelatinous once hydrated, making them perfect for forming slime!
This is a great recipe if you have mixed aged groups and are worried about younger kids sneaking little tastes or just not being as careful about washing their hands after playing. There’s also no borax and no glue risks if you’re at all concerned about those. (And because it’s borax- and glue-free, it’s a lot less messy to make than some other slime recipes!)
The only “catch” with this recipe is that the chia seeds take approximately 20 minutes to hydrate before you can make the slime with them, so plan ahead and pop them in a bowl of water at least 20 minutes before you plan to make this slime recipe. (You can also hydrate them in the fridge over the course of 2-3 hours or overnight, if that’s easier.)
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!
This chia seed slime has a bumpy, thick texture and is almost a cross between slime and play dough. I love switching things up and making slimes that have slightly different sensory properties for the kids to explore – which also has the added benefit of stimulating new areas of their brain as they process the new substance and it’s unique properties.
As kids play with this slime recipe, you make need to knead some additional water in so that the cornstarch doesn’t get too dry and start flaking off. While occasionally the slime will stick to surfaces, it does come off super easy – either just picking it up or washing away with a bit of water. (Another win for glue-free slime!)
This recipe keeps in the fridge for about a week, but I tend to throw it out after 2-3 play sessions with it. If kids are, ahem, licking or tasting the slime – or being otherwise unhygienic with it, I would throw it out after one use. Use your best judgement with determining when you should toss yours.
Ingredients for Chia Seed Slime
- 2 Tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 cup cornstarch (more as needed)
- 1 to 1 ½ cups water, as needed
- Food dye, optional
- Flavor extract/scent, optional
Tip: you can hydrate the chia seeds in the fridge for 2-3 hours or overnight if you are unable to hydrate them 20 minutes before making the slime.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Large bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Fork or spatula
How to Make Chia Seed Slime
Be sure to check out Asia’s books or add them to your child’s Amazon wishlist – along with some of the other items for making slime Asia suggests in her Slime Gift Basket post.
This squishy, textured slime recipe is completely edible and safe for kids to play with – making it perfect for mixed age groups.