If you have a love for everything under the sea, you MUST create a fun ocean slime recipe activity with the kids. Whether your little mermaid loves playing with homemade slime or you are still finding Nemo, this is the perfect summer science play for your kids. My son can’t get enough of the ocean…
AMAZING OCEAN SLIME RECIPE FOR KIDS
HOMEMADE OCEAN SLIME
We might just love the beach and ocean more then we love our homemade slime recipes…
The ocean is a special place for us. Every chance we get, that’s exactly where my son wants to be. Whether it’s the rocky shoreline of Maine or the white sand beaches of North Captiva, the beach is paradise.
Use your kids love of special places, movies, or hobbies to inspire your next slime creation. Just like our love of the ocean inspired us to make this AMAZINGLY simple ocean slime recipe with a playful under the sea theme!
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MAKE THE BEST OCEAN SLIME RECIPE EVER!
We have 4 unique basic slime recipes that can all be used for this ocean slime recipe. You decide which one works best for you. This allows for some flexibility depending on where you live in the world! Not everyone has access to the same ingredients!
Each of the basic slime recipes below has full step by step photos, directions, and even videos to help you along the way!
In the pictures below, we used our number one saline solution slime recipe. This is our #1 most viewed slime recipe, and we love it. Awesome stretchy slime in no time is my motto!
These are the best resources to look through before, during, and after making our homemade ocean slime! We talk more about slime science at the bottom of this page as well as additional slimy resources
OCEAN SLIME RECIPE STEP BY STEP
Let’s get started making our ocean slime together by gathering all the right ingredients for slime we need to have on hand!
Keep your pantry stocked and you will never have a dull slime making afternoon…
Again make sure to look through our recommended slime supplies. I share all out favorite brands that we use to create awesome slime over and over again.
OCEAN SLIME SUPPLIES
1/2 cup of clear Elmers Washable School Glue
1/2 cup of water
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1 TBSP Saline Solution
Fun Ocean Animals (repurpose in our icy ocean melt science activity!)
FREE Printable Slime Recipes Cheat Sheet (bottom of page)
OCEAN SLIME RECIPE HOW TO
Note, for more detailed information on making this basic saline solution slime recipe, please check out the SALINE SOLUTION SLIME RECIPE page for additional tips, tricks, and videos.
OCEAN SLIME QUICK STEPS
Start by mixing glue and water in a bowl until combined.
Stir in baking soda.
Next add food coloring and glitter as desired!
Time for the slime activator! Add in the saline solution.
Mix well until slimy blob forms in bowl and pulls away nicely from bottom of bowl and sides of bowl.
Squirt a few drops of saline solution on your hands and knead your slime. You can knead it in the bowl or pick it up and knead it. We usually start in the bowl and then pick it up.
Saline solution slime likes to be kneaded well. This will improve the consistency as well as reduce the stickiness.
Add your colorful gems and sea creatures for lots of slime ocean slime recipe play!
STORING YOUR OCEAN 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.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE HOMEMADE OCEAN SLIME RECIPE
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!
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!
Is slime a liquid or solid? We call it a Non-newtonian fluid because it’s a little bit of both!
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 more.