We decided it was time to bring the Elf out for a little slime mischief this season. If you have slime loving kids, they will get a real kick out of our easy Elf on the Shelf ideas with slime! Here’s a little twist for your next Elf on the Shelf set up, have him or her accompany a homemade slime making activity. He doesn’t have to be doing snow angels in glitter, but it does add to the charm. We have more quick set up ideas with the Elf and slime making you can try too!
ELF ON THE SHELF IDEAS WITH SLIME
ELF ON THE SHELF
Have you’ve heard of the Elf on the Shelf? I didn’t think too much about this little guy until I did some research on him and his popularity. Did you know a mom and her daughters self published the Elf on the Shelf book themselves based on their favorite holiday tradition?
Elf on the Shelf ideas and activities are all the rage when November hits. Apparently, you even need to prep for his arrival.
People have elaborate set ups for their Elf, and he is often getting into mischief too. If you are reading this right now, I don’t have to convince you that he isn’t such a bad little fellow. If you haven’t watched the Elf on the Shelf movie, it’s short and sweet.
He also doesn’t have to be working for the CIA. However, we think the Elf will LOVE to make homemade slime recipes with your kids!
Maybe your Elf on the Shelf arrival ideas can new include slime ingredients!
We don’t have an official Elf on the Shelf slime yet (coming in the next week), but we have this fun and easy slime recipe you can use just the same. We have several basic slime recipes you can use to create your Elf slimes…
HOW TO MAKE GLITTER GLUE SLIME
As you can see from the images, our elf is hanging out with a bottle of Green Elmer’s Glitter Glue (no affiliation), you can also use clear or white Elmer’s Washable School Glue.
Elmers Glitter Glue slime is super easy to make and the best part is that the color and glitter are already provided for you! You can always add more glitter, but if you are looking for mess free slime making, with as few extra ingredients as possible, this recipe is perfect. Of course there is always going to be some mess with slime!
SLIME NOTE: You absolutely can buy these in other colors (plus glow in the dark) and make this Elf snot slime. Remember, you can make this easy slime recipe with clear glue, food coloring and glitter too!
If you want to see what else you can mix into slime and how to make awesome slime all year round, check out our Ultimate Slime Guide Book. It’s the perfect accessory and comes with some awesome slime bonuses as well!
ELF ON THE SHELF MISCHIEVOUS IDEAS WITH SLIME
Here are a few fun and easy Elf on the Shelf ideas to try if you like a more mischievous Elf! If you are looking for more playful Elf ideas, check these out:
- Elf on the Shelf Glittery Snow Angels: This one isn’t for the faint of heart, but I might suggest setting it up on a cookie sheet. Use the glitter afterwards to make slime! See slime recipe below.
- Elf on the Shelf Snot: Kids love snot slime, maybe your Elf caught a cold on his last trip up north. See our Elf snot slime here.
- Elf on the Shelf with Slime Ingredients: Maybe your Elf arrives bearing slime making gifts like fun glues, glitter, and Christmas theme confetti,
- Elf on the Shelf Foam Bead Snowball Fight: Plop your Elf in a bowl full of white foam beads for slime making and then make snow floam!
- Elf on the Shelf Curled up on a Soft Clay Bed: Your tired Elf had a long flight from the North Pole, soft clay makes a nice bed as well as candy cane butter slime.
The base for this glitter glue, Elf on the Shelf slime idea uses one of our most basic slime recipes and just two ingredients, glitter glue and liquid starch.
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INGREDIENTS FOR GLITTER GLUE SLIME:
As I mentioned above, you can use any of our basic slime recipes for this glitter slime, but we like this super quick, 2 ingredient slime recipe with the Elmers glitter glue. I will link the products we used here at the end of this page with Amazon affiliate links.
- 1 Bottle of Elmer’s Washable Glitter Glue (any color)
- 1/8-1/4 cup of Liquid Starch such as Lin it or Sta Flo Brand (Note: We use Lin it brand in our video and use about an 1/8 of a cup. Sta-flo brand may require a bit more!)
SLIME Tip: Don’t have glitter glue but lots of clear glue? You can make this glitter slime recipe with clear glue, food coloring, and plenty of glitter instead. It uses the same recipe. You can also use this same recipe with the Elmers Glow In The Dark Glue too!
DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING ELF ON THE SHELF GLITTER GLUE SLIME:
WATCH: Start to finish slime making video and even an epic slime fail too!
SLIME STEP 1: Start by adding your glitter glue to a bowl and grab a mixing utensil. Have your Elf help you out!
LIQUID STARCH SLIME ACTIVATOR
SLIME STEP 2: Start adding up to 1/8 cup of liquid starch and stir well until slime consistency forms.
Add in your slime activator, the liquid starch, to complete the chemical reaction to make slime, but add the activator slowly. For a single batch of slime 1/8 to 1/4 cup does the trick (depending on brand), but if you think it’s still too sticky, continue to add a few drops at a time until you find the consistency you want.
NOTE: Brands of liquid starch may vary. We have found less starch is needed using Lin it brand but more is needed with Sta flo brand!
If your slime still feels too sticky, you need more starch. Be careful, and add just a little at a time until you get the consistency you want. If you add too much liquid starch your slime will become stiff and rubbery. You can always add, but you can’t take away.
The first time you make slime usually needs some experimentation to find the slimy consistency that’s right for you. Slime making can be a bit like goldilocks finding the right bed or the right porridge. Some kids like it messier and some kids like it firmer.
SLIME TIP #1: Liquid starch slime may appear stringy at first but give it a few minutes!
KNEADING SLIME IMPROVES CONSISTENCY
SLIME TIP #2: We always recommend kneading your slime well after mixing. Kneading the slime really helps to improve it’s consistency. Slime needs to be kneaded 🙂
Once you have your desired slime consistency, go ahead and play! How big of a stretch can you get? To get the best stretch, stretch your slime slowly. If you pull fast and hard it is more likely to break or shear off. Pull slowly and you can achieve major stretch. This is all in the science behind the slime.
ELF THEME SLIME PLAY
Time to decorate your slime with confetti, sprinkles, and anything else your little Elves can think of!
This also makes the perfect slime party idea and/or party favor. Have the kids make their own Elf on the Shelf theme slime at a Christmas party!
See our slime container ideas for sending slime home.
SLIME TIP #3: If you are in the craft store or dollar store check out the vase fillers section. You can also add plastic animals, letters, spiders, and more to create unique themes! Dinosaurs, pirate treasure, princess, and tons more. Even create holiday or seasonal themes.
SLIME SCIENCE, CHEMISTRY FOR KIDS, AND FUN!
Your little elves might like to learn about a little slimy science. Learn and play!
We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here, and that’s perfect for STEM which is science, technology, engineering, art, and math. We have a brand new series out on NGSS science standards, so you can read how this will fit in nicely too! (Think NGSS 2-PS1-1: Matter and It’s Interactions)
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!
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 thick and stretchy like slime! That makes slime 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!
STORING YOUR ELF ON THE SHELF SLIME
Slime lasts quite awhile! 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.
Want to have all our basic recipes handy and in one place? Use the buttons just below to download your free slime recipes cheat sheet pages and challenges. We also have an awesome MASTER YOUR SLIME training series going on here.
MORE SLIME MAKING RESOURCES!
Everything you need to know about making slime is below! Did you know we also have fun with science activities too? Click on all the pictures below to learn even more great ideas for slime making.
Here’s the slime products we used for this Elf on the Shelf slime recipe! Buying through these links gives me a small commission as part of Amazon affiliates (no cost to you)
HAVE FUN WITH ELF ON THE SHELF IDEAS WITH SLIME!
More holiday and Christmas themed slimes to enjoy this season.