No holiday would be complete without a freshly made batch of homemade slime. Cookies too I suppose. I just happen to be much better at whipping up homemade slime then I am whipping up homemade cookies. Maybe that’s why we have a scented gingerbread slime! Our best holiday slimes for Christmas science activities are sure to please kids of all ages this Christmas season. We might have gone a little slime crazy with all of the slimes we have made over the past year! But seriously…can one ever have too many STEM activities for kids?
BEST HOLIDAY SLIMES FOR CHRISTMAS!
HOLIDAY THEME SLIMES – FUN HOLIDAY STEM ACTIVITIES
Tis the season for loads of Christmas and holiday slime ideas! Over the last, few years we have become fascinated with making slime! Slime for all occasions, themes, seasons, and holidays is really our specialty. The colors, smells, and traditions of each holiday can really come alive in your slime, especially Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years!
At first, I thought this slime making thing was going to be super hard, and that I would never be able to get right. But then I tried it and loved it. Of course, there was trial and error involved, but we were committed to making slime as easy as possible. Then we couldn’t stop! Plus, I loved the science experiment for kids aspect!
If you want to see what else you can mix into slime and how to make awesome slime ideas all year round, check out our Ultimate Slime Guide Book. It’s the perfect accessory and comes with some great slime freebies as well!
MAKING YOUR HOLIDAY SLIME RECIPES
Below you will find the links to all our BEST holiday slime recipes. You will find all types of neat slimes to make with the kiddos including a scented gingerbread slime which is my favorite (NO tasting)! There are so many wonderful holiday themes you can recreate with slime from Rudolph, Santa, and the Grinch to candy canes and gingerbread men!
The base for any of these slimes uses our 4 now 5 basic slime recipes (click here) with the common slime activators which include saline solution and baking soda, borax powder, or liquid starch.
- Saline Solution Slime Recipe
- Borax Powder Slime Recipe
- Fluffy Slime Recipes
- Liquid Starch Slime Recipe
- 2 Ingredient Slime Recipe
AWESOME HOLIDAY SLIMES FOR SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS FOR KIDS
Click on the links below to see how to make each of our favorite holiday slimes! If a slime recipe has a video, I noted that by the link for the slime recipe. Check out our first Christmas slime recipe video below!
Christmas Tree Decorating Slime (video)
Pair mini ornaments and are awesome slime using clear glue for a Christmas tree!
These mini Christmas lights are great fine motor play with a simple clear glue slime.
The Grinch is a favorite holiday character and this slimes pairs science and literacy with sensory play. You can throw in a reading of the book for an awesome literacy, sensory, and science activity all in one.
Simple confetti or table scatter make slime extra pretty. Use this for the Christmas Star theme.
My absolute favorite using both clear and white glue. This is a must see if you love a good candy cane theme activity.
This snowman slime is all about Olaf!! Check out our melting snowman slime.
Do you know someone celebrating Hanukkah this season? I would love for you to share this simple Hanukkah slime idea with them!
Gorgeous glittering, sparkling party slime perfect for celebrating and counting down with the New Years Eve ball.
HOLIDAY SLIME SCIENCE
We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here. Slime really does make for an excellent chemistry demonstration and kids love it too! Mixtures, substances, polymers, cross-linking, states of matter, elasticity, and viscosity are just a few of the science concepts that can be explored with homemade slime!
What’s the science behind the slime? The borate ions in the slime activators (sodium borate, borax powder, or boric acid) mix with the PVA (polyvinyl acetate) glue and forms this cool stretchy substance. This is called cross-linking!
SLIME IS A NON-NEWTONIAN FLUID
Is slime a liquid or solid? We call it a Non-newtonian fluid because it’s a little bit of both!
The glue is a polymer and is made up of long, repeating, and identical strands or molecules. These molecules with flow past one another keeping the glue in a liquid state. Until…
When you add the borate ions to the mixture, it starts to connect these long strands together. They begin to tangle and mix until the substance is less like the liquid you started with and thicker and rubberier like slime! Slime is a polymer.
Picture the difference between wet spaghetti and leftover spaghetti the next day. As the slime forms, the tangled molecule strands are much like the clump of spaghetti!
SLIME FOR NGSS
Did you know that slime aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards? It does and you can use slime making to explore states of matter and its interactions. Check out NGSS 2-PS1-1 for more information!
STORING YOUR SLIME
Slime lasts quite a while! I get a lot of questions regarding how I store my slime. We use reusable containers in either plastic or glass. Make sure to keep your slime clean and it will last for several weeks. I love the deli-style containers in my recommended slime supplies list here.
If you want to send kids home with a bit of slime from a camp, party, or classroom project, I would suggest packages of reusable containers from the dollar store or grocery store or even Amazon. For large groups, we have used condiment containers as seen here.
AWESOME AND EASY CHRISTMAS SLIME RECIPES
HOLIDAY SLIMES ALL KIDS WILL LOVE!
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