The Christmas season is approaching, and seasonal crafts can be such a great activity to keep the little hands around your house busy! Not only are homemade slime recipes so much fun, they provide an awesome sensory activity that will help your kids learn about their body, movement, creativity, and the world around them. Especially while you’re cooped up inside during winter, slime can help children develop their fine motor skills and learn with their senses of touch, sight, sound, and smell.
We highly recommend this homemade snow slime recipe to keep your family engaged during the winter season. Although we have posted other winter themed slime recipes, this is our favorite winter slime recipe to date! It’s clear, glittery, and will remind you of the beauty of winter.
Why This is the Best Winter Slime Recipe
We’ve posted fluffy snow slime before, which is a great sensory material. We wanted to mix it up with a sparkly, slimy recipe that won’t be the color of real snow, but will sparkle in a way a fluffy slime recipe can’t do. Glitter slime mimics the way snow shines when the sun hits it. And the best part is, fake snow slime won’t be too cold for your fingers!
There are only 5 ingredients in this basic slime recipe that’s created for the holiday season, and you likely already have all of them at home. (If not, you can add it to the list for your next quick grocery store run.) The recipe is inexpensive and uncomplicated– it should turn out right the first time!
Just make sure to keep an eye on your kids when making slime to prevent any incidents, and have them wash their hands when they are done playing to get rid of all the goop. Not only will adult supervision keep them safe, even something as simple as a batch of slime can build beautiful memories they will treasure forever.
Ingredients Needed to Make This Easy Slime Recipe
- 5 oz clear Elmer’s glue (NOT white glue– that leads to white slime)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp contact lens solution
- fine silver glitter
- silver snowflake glitter (optional)
- glass bowl
- wooden spoon or spatula for mixing
HOW TO MAKE WINTER SLIME
This easy recipe only requires clear glue, contact solution, baking soda, and a half cup of water. All you have to do is add one ingredient at a time and stir. Keep in mind– this recipe is simple, clear slime. But you can add food coloring to it if you like!
This recipe calls for the whole glue bottle, or you can measure the glue into a measuring cup if you have 1 quart Elmer’s washable clear glue in your supplies storage. I bought the big one so I can make all my favorite slime recipes back-to-back. It’s a great way to save money if you’re trying out different colors or textures of slime.
You can use any kind of baking soda powder to make your slimes. The same goes with contact solution as your slime activator – you can use any brand of contact solution, but the most important thing to keep in mind is to make sure the exact contact solution has sodium borate, boric acid, or borax powder to make sure you reach your desired consistency. These ingredients mixed with PVA glue make this gooey, stretchy slime consistency you can play with!
The only thing you need to keep in mind regarding this type of slime is that you shouldn’t introduce too much glitter into the glue mixture. You can always add more glitter, but you can’t remove it once you’ve stirred it in. The glitter should be spread throughout the glitter, not super concentrated if you want to retain the light sparkle ours has. If your slime is ultra-pigmented, it will seem less winter themed.
NOTE: Take safety precautions into consideration if you create different batches and add to the ingredient list. Certain ingredients like star-shaped glitter can poke your kids and make it a less pleasant experience. Items like foam beads and plastic buttons can be better, especially for kids with sensitive skin.
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR WINTER SLIME
1. Mix clear Elmer’s glue and water together in a medium size bowl until the glue incorporates into the water.
2. Stir in silver fine glitter and snowflake glitter (optional).
3. Stir baking soda into the water mixture.
4. Add in contact solution and stir well to combine together. Stir until slime begins to form together, add more saline solution if needed.
5. Knead the slime until it gets less sticky and is easily removable from the container.
HOW TO MAKE SLIME LESS STICKY
If you haven’t made lots of slime, it can be frustrating if the consistency is off. Feeling like you messed up a simple recipe can be so annoying. If your slime is too sticky, don’t worry. We’ve got you.
If your slime is still too sticky after a few minutes of kneading, don’t try to change the amount of water, glue, or baking soda. All you have to do is add one or two drops of contact solution. Continue working it into your slime mixture. Don’t add too much, or you will start to lose the stretchy properties. This can make your slime become more prone to breaking into pieces, and what you want is a stretchier slime. To keep it fresh and usable, keep your slime in an airtight container to prolong play time.
If you love creating different types of slime, this DIY snow slime is a great addition to your list of easy slime recipes for this time of year. Kids of all ages love it, and you can use it as a learning opportunity. Remind your kids that creating slime is actually a science experiment! This will remind them that science can be cool and fun.
If you’d like to create more fun slime recipes with a winter theme, we’d recommend our stretchy blue frozen slime and green and red Christmas slime. They each have simple ingredients that will make you wonder how you haven’t already tried them!