Fall leaves can provide so much inspiration for color including slime! Our soft and squishy fall fluffy slime is perfect for fall slime making activities with kids. Whatever your favorite homemade slime recipe, we’ll show you how to make slime with shaving cream like a pro!
EASY FLUFFY SLIME WITH SHAVING CREAM
MAKE FLUFFY SLIME THIS FALL
Kick-off the fall slime making season with a fun theme the kids will LOVE! Science is full of cool ways to create including these homemade fall theme slime ideas. This AMAZING soft and squishy fluffy slime recipe is perfect for exploring the colors of fall leaves including reds, yellows, greens, and oranges.
We also have more cool slime ideas for fall:
Slime making is even more fun when you add in creative seasonal themes, and I know kids love the novelty of theme activities. Our easy Fluffy Slime Recipe for fall is yet another AMAZING slime recipe we can show you how to make.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND FLUFFY SLIME
We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here. Slime is 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 slime science all about? 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.
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…
You add the borate ions to the mixture, and it then 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 rubbery 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!
Is slime a liquid or solid?
We call it a Non-Newtonian fluid because it’s a little bit of both! Experiment with making the slime more or less viscous with varying amounts of foam beads. Can you change the density?
What does shaving cream do?
Now, what do you think adding the shaving cream does for our fluffy slime? What happens to the shaving cream as it comes out of the can? Air is pushed into the liquid creating a foam. The air in the foam is what gives our shaving cream slime its fluff!
What happens when the air leaves the foam eventually? It leaves our slime too! However, the slime is still a lot of fun to play with even without the extra fluff.
Did you know that slime aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)?
It does and you can use slime making to explore states of matter and its interactions. Find out more below…
EASY FLUFFY SLIME RECIPE
This is one of my favorite slime recipes and it’s because of the foam shaving cream! It makes the slime so light and airy and of course very fluffy. Make sure to grab a can of the foam shaving cream when you are grabbing the saline solution. The gel kind won’t work for this one.
YOU WILL NEED:
- 1/2 cup of Elmer’s White Glue
- 3 Cups of Foam Shaving Cream
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- Food Coloring
- 1 tbsp of saline solution (see recommended slime supplies for brands and we do not suggest contact solution)
- Grab Your FREE Slime Recipes Cheat Sheet!
HOW TO MAKE EASY FLUFFY SLIME
The best slime recipe starts with the right slime ingredients. Make sure to follow along with our measurements. This video shows three separate batches of fluffy slime in three colors.
1: Start by adding shaving cream, baking soda and glue to your bowl.
2: Now add food coloring.
To achieve a brighter color you will need to add more food coloring due to the abundance of white shaving cream in the bowl.
You can substitute white glue for clear glue as well. This can help with achieving a brighter color fluffy slime (see our rainbow fluffy slime recipe).
3: Add in your slime activator (baking soda and saline solution) to complete the chemical reaction you read about above in the science behind the slime section. If you scrolled past it, go back and read it with your kids!
4: Now go ahead and give your mixture a good stir to turn it into slime!
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KNEADING SLIME IS KEY TO THE TEXTURE
We always recommend kneading your slime well after mixing. Kneading the slime really helps to improve its consistency. The trick with shaving cream/saline solution slime is to squirt a few drops of solution onto your hands before picking up the slime.
You can knead the slime in the bowl before you pick it up as well. This slime is ultra stretchy but can be stickier. However, keep in mind that although adding more solution reduces the stickiness right away, it will create a stiffer slime in the long run.
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Our slime recipes are so easy to change up with different themes for holidays, seasons, favorite characters, or special occasions. Saline solution fluffy slime is always super stretchy and makes for great sensory play and science with the kids!
HOW LONG WILL FLUFFY SLIME LAST?
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.
Fluffy slime with shaving cream will lose some of its fluff due to the foam shaving losing air over time. However, it’s still tons of fun afterward to play with.
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.
Fall fluffy slime is a fun fall party treat for kids to make and take too!
MORE EASY SLIME RECIPES TO TRY
- Fluffy Slime with Liquid Starch
- Elmer’s Glue Slime
- Borax Slime
- How To Make Clear Slime
- Saline Solution Slime
- Butter Slime Recipe
- Edible Slime
HOW TO MAKE EASY FLUFFY SLIME FOR FALL
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