Do you know what’s the one thing I love about making slime? Okay, there’s totally more than one thing, but what I love is the versatility of our basic slime recipes! I love that you can slime all year round and give it super cool themes whenever you want! Of course, we had to make an orange pumpkin slime recipe for fall and/or Halloween.
PUMPKIN SLIME WITH SHAVING CREAM
Sometimes all you need is a festive fall slime idea to see what the kiddos will come up with! Kick-off the fall activities with a fun orange slime the kids will LOVE! This AMAZING soft and squishy pumpkin fluffy slime recipe is a quick and easy fall activity. Throw in a few fake spiders and create a Halloween theme too.
You can also turn the simple orange fluffy slime into a candy corn fluffy slime! Watch the video below.
I love the texture of fluffy slime because it’s thick and squishy, so it makes for amazing sensory play. Once completely mixed, it’s barely sticky and shouldn’t leave a mess on the hands. Though mixing can get a little messy!
It still oozes and stretches and does all the other cool slime-like things that slime does, but it’s just a little thicker. Makes quite a handful too. Read all about the science of slime below!
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!
Why is your slime so light and airy and fluffy? It’s the foam shaving cream of course. It adds a great texture and consistency, but the fluff will go away once the shaving foam loses air. Have you ever noticed what foam shaving cream turns into after a glob has sat out for a while? Your slime will still be awesome but not as fluffy anymore!
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?
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…
PUMPKIN SLIME TIPS
The base for this candy corn fluffy slime uses one of our most basic slime recipes which is glue, shaving cream, baking soda, and saline solution. Of course you can add food coloring!
We believe learning how to make slime shouldn’t be disappointing or frustrating! That’s why we want to take the guesswork out of making slime!
- Discover the best slime ingredients and get the right slime supplies the first time!
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We have the best resources to look through before, during, and after making your fluffy candy corn 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
FLUFFY PUMPKIN SLIME RECIPE
We made our fluffy orange slime recipe with Elmer’s white washable school glue, shaving cream, and fun colors. Grab some small jars and pretty ribbon to send kids home with a fun fall treat!
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)
- Basic slime recipe cheat sheet printable (bottom of page)
HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN SLIME
STEP 1: Add 3 cups of foam shaving cream to a bowl.
Measure out the shaving cream! It’s not an exact measurement because it’s hard to fill the cup completely without going over. Usually I just end up with a big mound. I can usually make 4 fluffy slime recipes per can of shaving cream.
STEP 2: Add food coloring as desired and gently stir in.
STEP 3: Mix in a 1/2 cup of Elmer’s white glue (washable school glue).
STEP 3: Stir in 1/2 tsp baking soda.
Adding baking soda is how you help to firm the slime. We have experimented with different amounts to achieve different consistencies. Set yourself up a science experiment with slime and try it out!
STEP 4: 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.
Make sure to whip it up your pumpkin fluffy slime recipe really well until it has pulled away from the sides and starts to form a ball shape or blob shape!
A good trick is to drip a few drops of solution onto your hands before you pick up the slime to knead it. That way it will be less sticky as you start out!
Make sure to knead your fluffy slime well, and it will form a smooth texture that is nice and stretchy. It shouldn’t be sticky after well kneaded.
Now go ahead and try to shape your orange slime like a pumpkin!
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.
Note: Fluffy slime with shaving cream will loose some of its fluff due to the foam shaving losing air over time. However, it’s still tons of fun afterwards.
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.
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