So… Halloween has passed and although the stores are already setting out Christmas goodies, you might not be ready to rush fall and certainly the coming of Thanksgiving. That’s why we just made our first ever turkey themed Thanksgiving slime recipe.  The holidays have always been a huge source of inspiration for our homemade slime recipes!.


Totally turkey Thanksgiving slime recipe with turkey confetti! Use our basic homemade slime recipes to make a turkey themed Thanksgiving slime that isn't gravy. Have fun with this Thanksgiving science activity and sensory play idea this fall! You can use our homemade saline solution slime recipe, liquid starch slime recipe, or borax slime recipe for making fun and festive holiday slime ideas any day of the year!

If you haven’t noticed by now we LOVE our homemade slime recipes and really enjoy making new themes for the seasons and holidays. Colors, glitter, confetti all can create very fun themes when mixed into any of our easy to make slime recipes.

Who knew there was such a thing as turkey confetti! But it makes for awesome turkey sensory play and slime making. Thanksgiving’s iconic image is turkey and makes a great theme for Thanksgiving sensory play ideas too. Making slime is amazing sensory play

We do LOVE all things STEM related too and maybe you didn’t know that slime can also be used for a cool science demonstration with the kids. You will be the coolest adult around after this!

Making basic slime is all about chemistry, and this is a great hands on learning experience. You can read more about the science behind the slime below.

We have a similar confetti leaf fall slime recipe and video that you can check out here! See how easy it is to mix it up for seasons and holidays.

Combining science with sensory play is also something we are very fond of around here! Slime is absolutely an amazing tactile sensory play activity for kids who love textures and to feel anything new and even a little gross.

We consider slime to be an awesome sensory play recipe that is a must try. It oozes, squishes, and loves to be squeezed and stretched. We made this slime really shine and sparkle with gold glitter.

Thanksgiving Slime Recipe for Thanksgiving Science with a Turkey Theme


What’s the science behind the slime? The borate ions in the starch {or borax powder or boric acid} mixes 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.

The addition of water is important to this process. Think about when you leave a gob of glue out, and you find it hard and rubbery the next day.

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 is thicker and rubberier like slime!


Turkey Thanksgiving Slime Recipe Storage


We have three recipes that can easily be used to make this turkey slime recipe including saline solution, liquid starch, and borax powder! Depending on where you live, what you have available, and which recipe you like best, you can choose from one of the three below.

You will need PVA based glue for all of them. We like Elmer’s washable school glue the best, but I have heard that other brands of PVA glue work as well. I know some of you live in areas where this brand of glue isn’t available. This specific slime theme works best with clear glue.

Below you will find three large click here black buttons each with a different slime recipe listed. Click to see each slime recipe including supplies, tips, and step by step instructions. You will even find a printable slime recipe cheat sheet!

Remember, it’s the colors and fun mix-ins like the turkey confetti and gold glitter that make your themes come alive just like this one!

YOU HAVE TO TRY: Pumpkin Slime too!  It’s made is a real pumpkin. Plus, there’s a video too!

Thanksgiving Slime Recipe with Turkey Confetti

For this specific turkey confetti slime, we used our saline slime recipe which you can find by clicking on that black button I mentioned located below. You might also find it called contact solution slime.

Keep in mind that saline slime still uses ingredients from the boron family, so it’s not borax free. I have seen many recipes safe or borax free, but most salines contain sodium borate and boric acid which are part of the same family as borax powder.

Always make educated decisions and wash your hands after you play with slime. You will find plenty of slime safety tips here.

Check out how we used food coloring, turkey confetti, and plenty of gold glitter to create our theme. We chose brown food coloring for our Thanksgiving slime recipe. Why? Maybe I keep thinking of gravy!

Gold glitter Thanksgiving Slime Recipe

You can use any food coloring colors you like or make them deeper or lighter depending on how many drops you use. Our special pack of food coloring has a brown, but we also use the simple packs from the grocery store. I have listed the supplies below with links to Amazon so you can check out what we like to use!

Check out the fun turkey confetti! We didn’t use the whole packet so you can scatter some on the dinner table for Thanksgiving dinner, use it for crafts, or even use it for counting activities.

Turkey Confetti Thanksgiving Slime Recipe

Make sure your contact solution has a mix of sodium borate and boric acid in it, so it does it’s job! Saline solution is your slime activator!

One helpful tip when adding in confetti is to add the baking soda right after you mix the glue and water together to make sure it’s fully mixed and not clumpy. You don’t want it to stick to the confetti.

Thanksgiving Slime Recipe Using Saline Solution Slime Recipe

Once you have added all your Thanksgiving slime recipe ingredients, make sure to give it a good quick stir! Keep stirring until it’s no longer liquid and has formed your awesome slime.

Turkey confetti Thanksgiving slime recipe

Mixing up turkey Thanksgiving slime recipe with turkey confetti.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE TO: Check out all our fall slimes in one place! 

Turkey Thanksgiving Slime Recipe for Thanksgiving Science


Clear Elmer’s Washable School Glue

Saline Solution {active ingredients to include sodium borate and/or boric acid}

Food Coloring {Your choice, but we used brown!}

Gold Glitter

Turkey Confetti

Bowl, Spoon, Measuring Cups

Reusable Container {for storage}


We made this Thanksgiving turkey slime with the saline solution version! We love this recipe for it’s supreme stretchiness. Liquid starch slime has always been our traditional go-to recipe though. Borax slime is awesome for making crystal clear slime. If you don’t want to add color, just confetti, use the borax recipe.

Homemade turkey Thanksgiving slime recipe for kids!


Check out more of our awesome fall slime and science ideas to take you right through Thanksgiving! Click on the photos below for more information.