Even Santa needs his own slime, and he loves our homemade slime recipe. Hopefully, our easy slime making recipes have landed us on his nice list. We think so anyway! We paid homage to the big guy with our Santa Christmas Slime Recipe this season. See how simple it is to take a basic slime recipe and create a fun and festive holiday theme around it. Plus, it’s such a fun and simple kids science experiment to get excited for the holidays!
EASY SANTA CHRISTMAS SLIME SCIENCE EXPERIMENT FOR KIDS
This easy to make Santa slime is the perfect party activity and party favor for kids. Plus it’s fun to whip up and put together with really simple ingredients that you can pick up at the grocery store too. Make your own fun Santa theme containers to send home with kids too! They won’t even know that they are doing a STEM activity while making this festive holiday slime!
Kick off the holiday season with an easy slime recipe! Science is full of cool ways to create including homemade Christmas slime ideas. Slime is such a fun and easy science experiment!
Slime making is even more fun when you add in creative seasonal themes, and I know kids love the novelty of theme activities. Our Elmers Glue Santa Slime Recipe is yet another AMAZING slime recipe we can show you how to make.
MAKING A FUN CHRISTMAS SLIME THEME
Sometimes, instead of adding fun things right into the slime, like we usually do, you can add the theme by decorating a slime container instead! How about a Santa hat theme for this Santa slime with a big fluffy pompom? You can even make your own fork pompom with this tutorial.
CHRISTMAS THEME SLIME MIX INS
What can you pack into your slime? Also, you can store and give your slime in those fun fillable ornaments (see it here).
- Green slime with colored beads for a tree theme
- Brown slime with a decorated container for a Rudolph theme
- Clear slime with gold confetti stars
- Red and white slime twisted together for a candy cane theme (see it here)
- Grinchy slime (see it here)
SLIME CHRISTMAS SCIENCE AND CHEMISTRY
We always like to include a bit of homemade slime science around here, and that’s perfect for exploring Chemistry with a fun holiday theme. 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 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 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!
Is slime a liquid or solid? We call it a Non-newtonian fluid because it’s a little bit of both!
SIMPLE SANTA SLIME RECIPE
We made this Santa theme slime recipe with clear glue and food coloring. You can add glitter and confetti if desired!
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 bonuses as well!
CHRISTMAS SLIME RECIPE TIPS
The base for this holiday theme slime uses one of our most basic slime recipes (saline solution slime recipe) which is clear glue, water, baking soda, and saline solution.
Our easy, “how to make” slime recipes will show you how to master slime in 5 minutes! We have spent years tinkering with our 4 now 5 favorite basic slime recipes to make sure you can make the BEST slime every time!
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We have the best resources to look through before, during, and after making your Santa slime! Make sure to go back and read the slime science above too!
- BEST Slime Supplies
- How To Fix Slime: Troubleshooting Guide
- Slime safety Tips for Kids and Adult
- How To Remove Slime from Clothes
- Master Your Slime Training Series
SANTA CHRISTMAS SLIME INGREDIENTS
As I mentioned above, you can use any of our basic slime recipes for this Christmas theme slime, but we like our basic saline solution slime recipe with the Elmers clear or white washable school glue. I will link the products we used here with Amazon affiliate links below.
1/2 cup of Elmer’s Clear Glue
1/2 cup of water
1/2 tsp baking soda
Food Coloring and Glitter
1 tbsp of saline solution (see recommended slime supplies for brands)
SANTA CHRISTMAS SLIME RECIPE DIRECTIONS BELOW PHOTOS
The best slime recipe starts with the right slime ingredients. Make sure to follow along with our measurements. Start by adding your clear glue and water to a bowl and grab a mixing utensil. Mix it up and add food coloring and glitter as desired!
BEST SLIME ACTIVATORS
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!
You can also learn more about all our favorite slime activators here. Keep in mind that liquid starch, saline solution, and borax powder are all in the boron family. Neither of these ingredients are truly borax free.
KNEADING YOUR SLIME IS KEY!
We always recommend kneading your slime well after mixing. Kneading the slime really helps to improve it’s consistency. The trick with 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, it will create a stiffer slime.
SALINE SOLUTION SLIME RECIPE FOR MAKING HALLOWEEN SLIME
STEP 1: Add 1/2 cup of Elmers Glue to your bowl (add more glitter if desired).
STEP 2: Mix with a 1/2 cup of water.
STEP 3: Add food coloring and glitter!
STEP 4: Stir in 1/2 tsp baking soda
STEP 5: Mix in 1 tbsp saline solution and stir until slime forms and pulls away from sides of bowl. This is exactly how much you will need with the Target Sensitive Eyes brand!
If your slime still feels too sticky, you may need a few more drops of saline solution. As I mentioned above, start by squirting a few drops of the solution onto your hands and kneading your slime longer. You can always add but you can’t take away. Saline solution is preferred over contact solution.
NOTE: We have found that the Elmers Glitter Glue tends to be a bit stickier than their regular clear glue and we prefer our 2 ingredient slime recipe for this glue.
MAKE A FUN SLIME CONTAINER
Simple plastic containers are perfect fro storing slime and also for decorating with fun themes like this Santa’s hat idea! All you need is construction paper, tape, pompoms, and markers to keep it simple. However, you can get as creative as your kids want!
STORING YOUR 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.
Want to have all our basic recipes handy and in one place? Use the button just below to download your free slime recipes cheat sheet pages. We also have an awesome MASTER YOUR SLIME training series going on here.
MORE SLIME MAKING RESOURCES FOR AWESOME KIDS SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS!
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. Our love of science activites for kids never stops!
SANTA CHRISTMAS SLIME IS JUST ONE OF OUR MANY HOLIDAY THEMES!
Check out more cool slime recipes and information by clicking on the photos below!