Learn how to make slime for summer! Our summer isn’t complete without an array of summer slime recipes to dazzle the senses. Homemade slime for the seasons is an AMAZING way to celebrate the activities, weather, and events around us! What themes remind you of summer? Go ahead, we challenge you to create your favorite summer theme slime with any of our basic slime recipes. We give you the tips and tricks you need to make slime today!
SIMPLE SUMMER SLIME RECIPES
We take homemade slime seriously and we take our summer vacation seriously! What screams summer to you? Is it…
- eating cotton candy at the local fair?
- playing in ocean waves while hunting for sea critters?
- drinking lemonade and eating fruit salads for days?
- sifting through sand and shells?
- catching fireflies?
So many awesome themes beg to be made into fun slimes the kids will LOVE! Try out some of the summer slime recipes we have already made including one for the 4th of July!
Throughout this slimy summer resource we will show you how to…
- master our four favorite basic slime recipes for endless creations.
- choose the best slime ingredients.
- make AMAZING stretchy slime every time.
Each of our 4 basic slime recipes has their own unique page filled with step by step directions and photo steps.
NEW! Each recipe offers a video that shows you how to make the slime from start to finish while I talk you through it! It’s a winning situation.
BASIC SLIME RECIPES FOR SUMMER THEMES!
Here are the big 4, the basic slime recipes you NEED to know if you want to learn how to make slime with the kiddos. We break it all down for you.
Click on each of the links below to see which one you want to try first.
Here are a couple great resources that I highly suggest you look through when you get ready to make slime. Get your pantry stocked and ready for endless summer fun with slime. Have you seen our new slime book?
- Recommended slime supplies for the BEST slime every time!
- Troubleshooting Slime Guide: How to fix your slime!
- Slime Safety Tips for Kids and Adults!
BASIC SLIME SUPPLIES AND INGREDIENTS
It’s important to read through each of the four basic slime recipes to see which one works best for you and what you have available for ingredients.
The recipes are interchangeable and generally work well with each theme. I hope to be adding a few more fun ideas as the summer goes on…
Check out our FREE summer slime challenge list below as well. Perfect to print off and hand to the kids with their slime supplies.
Look below for a start to finish slime video live with me!
Your shopping list should include:
- Elmers Washable School Glue in clear and White
- Slime Activator of Choice (liquid starch, borax powder, or saline solution/baking soda)
- Food Coloring
- Fun Accessories
- Fragrance Oils
- Jello Powder
- Glow Pigments
- Sun Activated Ingredients
SUMMER SLIME RECIPE IDEAS
Each of the links and pictures leads to a full article on making the specific summer slime recipe. You can use them as is or you can use them as a springboard for creating your own unique ideas!
Under each summer slime theme, I will give you some additional tips and ideas to mix it up a bit! Slime making can be a very personalized activity that really allows for imagination and creativity to shine.
The very bottom of this page will share even more slime making resources to check out including the science behind the slime recipe!
My first stop in the summer is to the ocean. I count down the days until I am seaside again. There are so many fun ways to interpret ocean slime.
Choose your colors of the sea, add glitter, and mix! Older kids might enjoy experimenting with shades of color to twist and mix into their ocean slime.
We added sea creatures for a playful element, but you can add shells as well as different types of sequins. Younger kids will love finding and hiding these little critters.
Lemonade slime anyone! I love the smell of lemons in the summertime…
Fruity scented slime is so easy to make! You can use either jello powder or fragrance oils! Recently we made a lemonade slime, but we have also tested out strawberry, orange, and lime as well!
You can find fun fruit confetti to add. Go ahead and add some glitter too!
These beads are super fun for kids and can be used for more than just slime too! If you want a simple way to make a fun summer slime outside, try this recipe! A little extra ultraviolet rays science is a cool added feature!
Like the above sun activated beads slime recipe, this one is also color changing from the sun’s rays. Except this time we use a photochromic pigment! Our slime changes from pink to purple with the help of this special pigment powder.
If you have a mermaid fan, then this slime is perfect for you! Sequins, glitter, shells, and gems all swirled into beautiful mermaid-esque colors makes for a real under the sea treat. Kids will have a blast designing their own color scheme and adding special touches.
Easy rainbow shaving cream in bright, vivid colors is a mUST for summer slime recipes. Our basic fluffy slime is so light and smooth! The kids will LOVE making a rainbow of colors to mix together. Bonus: with fluffy slime the colors take longer before they completely mix!
I always bring back a bag of sand from a beach trip. You just never know what you want to do with it. Making homemade beach sand slime is always at the top of the list. You can even mix it up in a sand pail or make it on the beach! Add shells…
There’s several fun ways you can make this slime starting with just a basic slime recipe in cotton candy shades!
We had a little fun with our next cotton candy slime where we added shaving cream for extra fluff, cotton candy fragrance oil, and fine fake snow for even more texture! Watch the video!
Long summer nights, staying up till way past dark, and catching fireflies… All reminds me of why this glow in the dark slime is the perfect addition to our summer slime recipes!
Super easy to make. Let it charge in the sun, and bring it outside when it gets dark. This glow in the dark powdered pigment comes in several colors too!
Summer also reminds me of star gazing and exploring galaxies far, far away. Create your own galaxy slime and fill it with iridescent stars. Mini gold confetti stars are awesome too!
Even a simple midnight blue or black slime loaded with mini gold stars makes a great starry night slime, but we love the swirl of colors for a galaxy too. What about one for the Northern Lights?
If you live in the US, nothing screams summer quite like the 4th of July. Make your own patriotic slime with a red, white, and blue theme. Make it fluffy or make it crunchy!
Simply changing up the colors of our popular slime recipes creates an amazing holiday theme in minutes. Add foam beads or fishbowl beads. Try it using fluffy slime instead. Fill it with glitter and sequins!
Beat summer boredom with summer slime recipes! Print off this fun summer slimy challenge sheet. Throw together a homemade slime kit, and hand it over to the kids. Better yet, join the slime making fun!