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!.

Make Turkey Slime For Thanksgiving

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 base slime recipes.

Who knew there was such a thing as turkey confetti! But it makes for awesome turkey sensory play and slime making! Making slime is amazing sensory play!

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 do LOVE all things STEM related too and maybe you didn’t know that slime can also be used for a fun 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 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.

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 this turkey confetti slime recipe. 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 Saline Solution Slime recipe. All you need to make this slime is clear glue, baking soda, water, and saline solution.

If you can’t get your hands on clear glue, try white PVA glue! Though your turkey slime might be a bit more on the pastel side depending on how much food coloring you use.

Now if you don’t want to use saline solution, you can absolutely test out one of our other basic recipes using liquid starch or borax powder. We have tested all three recipes with equal success!

Thanksgiving Slime Recipe for Thanksgiving Science with a Turkey ThemePin

The Science Of Slime

What’s the 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 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! 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 that means you can use slime making activities to explore states of matter and its interactions. Find out more below…

Helpful Slime Making Resources To Get You Started

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Tips For Making Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Slime

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 RecipePin

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.

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 RecipePin

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 RecipePin

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.

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Mixing up turkey Thanksgiving slime recipe with turkey confetti.Pin

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

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Turkey Slime Recipe

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  • 1/2 cup of PVA Clear School Glue
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Food Coloring (we used brown)
  • Turkey confetti
  • 1 tbsp of saline solution (must contain boric acid and sodium borate)


STEP 1. Start by adding your clear glue and water to a bowl and grab a mixing utensil. 

STEP 2. Mix in food coloring and the turkey confetti as desired!

STEP 3. Add baking soda and mix well.

STEP 4. Add in your slime activator (saline solution) to complete the chemical reaction you read about above in the science behind the slime section. If you scrolled past it, go back and read it with your kids!

We always recommend kneading your slime well after mixing. Kneading the slime really helps to improve its consistency. The trick with saline solution slime is to squirt a few drops of solution onto your hands before picking up the slime.

You can knead the slime in the bowl before you pick it up as well. This slime is ultra stretchy but can be stickier. However, keep in mind that although adding more solution reduces the stickiness, it will create a stiffer slime.

Homemade turkey Thanksgiving slime recipe for kids!Pin

More Fun Turkey Activities

Check out tons more easy turkey activities for kids. Here are a few of our favorites…

Printable Thanksgiving STEM Activities Pack

Grab the printable STEMS-Giving Pack! A full menu of thanksgiving dinner science activities, secret codes, and more!

What’s Included:

  • STEMS-Giving! A feast of science and STEM with simple experiments and projects for home or classroom!
  • Even More Thanksgiving theme STEM activities with printable sheets, instructions, and useful information all using easy to source materials and perfect for limited time needs. Includes a Thanksgiving theme engineering pack with fun, problem-based challenges for kids to solve!
  • Got STEAM? Try a turkey in a disguise challenge with writing prompts and more! Also color by code turkeys in disguise!
  • Try your hand at building shapes with cranberry structure challenge cards.
  • Discover Thanksgiving brick building challenges perfect for early finishers, quiet time, hands-on math, or family time.


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