We’re in full-on Mermaid obsession over here.
After the wild success of the Mermaid Teepee, I wanted to try out a Mermaid Sensory Play idea as a kick-off to a full-out Mermaid Study, which I’m hoping will create some new interests in sea life, folk lore, and …
After finding these awesome mermaid sequins, I knew I had to make Mermaid Slime!
The mermaid slime was more teal in colour than these pictures show (I blame the Canadian winter sun), but as you can see, it was sparkly, beautiful, and inviting — what more could you ask from a sensory play material?
A good slime should not be sticky, but rather thick, stretchy, and oozy. For my kids who will get upset if the slime sticks to them a bit (it comes off very easily if you rub your hands), I just wet down their hands before they play and keep some water ready to keep their hands moist, which stops the slime from sticking.
My kids love spreading the slime out all over the table and squishing their hands in it.
And stretching the slime which is a great little work-out!
Slime is pleasantly cool to the touch and is wondrous and exciting, without being too gross or making an actual mess. The worse that we get is sometimes it sticks to the bare patches on the table where the varnish has worn off, or a bit of slime on clothing which is easily dissolved with a bit of vinegar.
Side note: Vinegar also works to remove slime from hair…
Before we get to the recipe, I had to tell you that it’s finally here! I wrote The (Ultimate) Slime Book oozing with over 50 pages of stretchable, squishy sensory fun – including a year of seasonal slimes, edible slimes and unique ways to play with slime. Click here to get more details.
How to Make Sparkly Mermaid Slime
I first learned about slime from Fun at Home With Kids. She has a great trouble-shooting slime post if your slime isn’t turning out the way you see in our pictures, as well as several other variations of slime if you’d prefer allergy-sensitive or edible alternatives.
Materials to Make Sparkly Mermaid Slime:
- 2 5oz. bottles clear glue
- 3+ Tablespoons of Liquid Starch
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 1/4 teaspoon Wilton Teal gel food colouring
- Generous shake teal glitter
- Mermaid glitter
Or, if you prefer saline solution slime:
- 2 5oz. bottles clear glue
- 1 Tablespoon baking soda
- 2 Tablespoons contact solution (that contains boric acid –> we use this brand)
- Water, optional – as needed
Mix the glue, 3 T of liquid starch, and water together to start. Mix and knead, checking consistency and balancing with more glue or more liquid starch as you go. Asia’s guide above is irreplaceable if you are new to making slime.
After you have a cohesive slime, add any optional colouring, glitter, sequins, and scent.
I hope you enjoyed our Mermaid Slime, and I hope you will be brave enough to join me in my love of slime! We have several other slime recipes on our Sensory Play page, and we share a new Sensory Play idea or recipe nearly every week, so if you’d like to not miss out, please consider subscribing to our free weekly newsletter, delivered straight to your e-mail.
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Twilight Sparkle Dough | Creative World of Varya
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Sparkling Ocean Play Dough | Stir the Wonder
Shimmery Dough | In The Playroom
Sparkle Dough Eruptions | Little Bins for Little Hands
DIY Taste Safe Glitter and Rainbow Playdough | Powerful Mothering
Stress Busting Sparkle Dough | Raising Lifelong Learners