Ever since we learned how to make black slime, we’ve been having lots of fun inventing new themed slimes, like this Spider Egg Slime which is perfect for Halloween!
Spider Halloween Slime Recipe
Ironically, the inspiration for this Spider Egg Slime wasn’t anything spooky or Halloween-inspired, it was actually Charlotte’s Web.
It was the first book I read independently, so I was pretty excited to share it with Miss G – who is not digging it at all. I’m actually considering shelving the book for now because it is getting to the point where she is upset and sometimes crying almost every time we read a chapter!
(And now, seeing the book through her eyes, I do realize how sad Wilbur’s narrative is, funny how we remember things so differently!)
Anyways, before we give up on the book entirely, I thought it would be fun to make her a spider-inspired slime to play with as I read a chapter to her.
I initially tried making a slime with those fake cotton webs worked in, but it was a great big mess and not a whole lot of fun to play with – so next up was this Spider Egg Slime!
Sensory play is a great way to incorporate learning or anything you want children to develop memories for, as the parts in the brain that are activated in sensory play help deeply encode the information processed at that time.
It’s also a great self-soothing activity; the process of playing with the slime is comforting and helps alleviate a bit of the sadness and frustration that can occur when listening to the story.
(Now, it’s not that I want my daughter to become “immune” to the sadness of the story, but I do think she will really love the story once we get through the sad bits.)
So far, so good. This last chapter was read without any tears (before, during or after) and she’s actually looking forward to the next chapter (and getting to play with that slime again).
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Ingredients for Black Slime
- White School Glue
- Contact lens (saline) solution – this is the brand I used
- Black acrylic paint
- White beads (glass or styrofoam)
- Spider rings
Tip: the contact solution must contain boric acid as an active ingredient. I linked the brand I used above. Contact solution is a diuretic so please don’t let young kids handle it and ensure your child washes their hands after playing with the slime as a precaution.
Second tip: slime is not something you can reliably measure. It’s by look and feel, so go slow and adjust as necessary.
Spider Books to Accompany the Slime:
- Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
- The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
- Aaarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks
- Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott
- Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk
Tools You May Find Helpful
- Large bowl
- Vinegar, for clean-up
How to Make Black Slime
Pour your glue in a large mixing bowl.
Add black acrylic paint.
Stir the water into the glue, about 2 Tablespoons to start.
Finally, add the contact solution or liquid starch – 5 Tablespoons of contact solution, or 1/4 cup liquid starch.
Keep stirring everything with your spatula and adjust as needed.
Once the slime is cohesive, no longer sticky or appearing to have any liquid in the mixture, start kneading the slime – this is going to help it be less sticky (just like making homemade play dough).
Knead the slime for at least 3 minutes before adding any more ingredients to adjust.
When your slime has the perfect consistency, add your white beads (spider eggs) and spider rings.
You could also play with this spider slime after reading one of these fun spider-centric books:
Grab your free printable for our easy Black Halloween Slime recipe:
This spooky spider slime is perfect for Halloween or after reading a Spider book with kids! We’re reading Charlotte’s Web but there are so many other awesome spider books that you can check out.