Are we baking cookies or making slime? Whether you love baking gingerbread man cookies, are planning a gingerbread theme lesson, or just love anything scented, our newest gingerbread slime is the answer. Our Christmas slimes are really popular! Enjoy the scented science and sensory play that is so easy to make with a homemade slime recipe!

Enjoy Gingerbread Man Activities This Season

I love the smell of gingerbread around Christmas time, don’t you? Why not engage the sense of smell while you play with homemade slime!

Our gingerbread slime is definitely different than gingerbread playdough! I have a kid who loves slime more than playdough, but I still want to have some of the fun of the classic gingerbread man playdough activities. This is it!

Adding any of your cookie cutters, not just the gingerbread man ones is perfect! You can also add buttons, glitter, and whatever else the kids will enjoy. Plus, who doesn’t love the smell of gingerbread cookies?

Our scented gingerbread slime is awesome on the senses. My husband and son thought I was baking cookies. Apparently, that’s going to be next on my to-do list this week!

There are so many ideas for exploring a gingerbread theme. Check out more at the bottom of this page!

Basic Slime Recipes

Our easy, “how to make” slime recipes show you how to master slime in 5 minutes or less! We have spent years tinkering with our favorite basic slime recipes to make sure you can make the BEST slime every time!

We believe 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!
  • Make easy slime recipes that really work!
  • Achieve awesome slimy consistency the kids’ love!

Which Slime Recipe To Use?

We have several basic slime recipes that can all be used for making gingerbread slime. You decide which one works best for you depending on what slime activator you want to use. 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 have the full step by step photos, directions, and even videos to help you along the way!

Here we use our liquid starch slime recipe which makes for a fun stretchy scented slime!

Printable Gingerbread Man Project Pack

For a complete pack of instructions, templates, and extras, grab our Gingerbread Project Pack!

Helpful Slime Resources To Get Your Started

These are the best resources to look through before, during, and after making your awesome gingerbread man slime! We talk more about the slime science below too.

The Science of 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 form this cool stretchy substance. This is called cross-linking!

The glue is a polymer of long, repeating, and identical strands or molecules. These molecules 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!

Picture the difference between wet spaghetti and leftover spaghetti the next day. As the slime forms, the tangled molecule strands are much like a clump of spaghetti!

Is slime a liquid or solid? We call it a non-Newtonian fluid because it’s a little bit of both! Read more about slime science here!

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Gingerbread Slime Recipe

Are you looking for a taste-safe gingerbread slime recipe? Try our edible gingerbread man slime!

Supplies:

  • 1/2 Cup of Washable PVA Clear Glue or White Glue 
  • 1/4 Cup of Liquid Starch
  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • Powdered spices (Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg, Ginger etc.)

Instructions:

STEP 1:  In a bowl mix together the water and glue.

STEP 2: Add the spices and combine.

TIP: The spices give the slime its wonderful color just like the classic gingerbread playdough recipe! I mixed 1 1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon and a 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves and ginger to the water and glue mixture.

STEP 3: Pour in 1/4 cup of liquid starch. You will see the slime immediately start to form. Keep stirring until you have a gooey blob of slime. The liquid should be gone!

It will take a bit to get it mixed in. If you want, you can pour the starch into the same container, but it’s important to transfer the already-made slime to a dry container.

STEP 4:  Start kneading your slime! It will appear stringy at first, but work it around with your hands and you will notice the consistency changes. You can also put it in a clean container and set it aside for 3 minutes, and you will see the consistency change

STEP 5: Enjoy your slime!

Slime has a wonderful stretchable quality. Although the mixing can be messy, the end result is not all that messy on the hands. Store in a plastic container with a lid for up to a month of play {depending on how dirty it might get!}

Favorite Christmas Slime Ideas

Try These Gingerbread Man Activities

There are so many ideas for exploring a gingerbread theme. Here are a few of our favorite activities…

Also make sure to check out our popular paper gingerbread house craft!

Printable Christmas STEM Project Pack

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  • 25+ Christmas theme science and STEM activities with printable sheets, instructions, and useful information all using easy-to-source materials perfect for limited-time needs. Includes a holiday theme engineering pack with fun, problem-based challenges for kids to solve! NEW observation sheets included.
  • Try a Santa’s Letter airplane challenge or take the gingerbread house-building challenge! 
  • Explore the five senses with a specially designed Santa’s Lab pack.
  • Try a mini nature study with your favorite type of Christmas tree.
  • Try your hand at building shapes with gumdrop structure challenge cards or build shapes with jingle bells. Or try the Christmas-themed paper chain challenge!
  • Christmas Screen-free Coding activities include algorithm games, binary code ornaments, and more!
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  1. Can’t make head or tail of this post on an iPad. So many pictures, so little information. I clicked on the black link to get the step by step instructions, it just takes me to a larger image of the black link. No instructions, just a blank page other than that

  2. Our slime recipe has it’s own dedicated page so with full instructions and measurements. If you click on the black button that says slime recipe, you will find everything you need to know to get started.

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