I always look forward to winter because it's our "slow season." Our sports schedule dwindles down to a few nights of short soccer training sessions and Saturday morning futsal, leaving lots of time for relaxation. But this year it's been a little different...
Instead of enjoying their extra free time, I'm hearing lots of "I'm bored" and "I don't have anything to do." I really can't complain myself, as this has resulted in fresh cream biscuits for dinner for several nights running, courtesy of my 11-year-old.
But things really spiraled out of control last Friday as I was in the midst of trying to finish up some work. Frustrated with the constant interruptions, I nearly lost my cool, but instead I decided to set everything aside for a short while, and we all made rainbow glitter slime together.
And then? I was blessed with hours (really, HOURS!) of blissful peace and quiet while the kids played with their slime.
So think of this glitter slime recipe as my little gift to you this holiday season. Whether you make it ahead of time as a little stocking stuffer or Christmas morning surprise, or whether you make it start to finish as a family, it's sure to result in hours of fun for the kids and a brief respite for you parents.
Glitter Slime Ingredients
With only 4 ingredients, this glitter slime recipe is super simple and easy to make.
- Elmer's Clear School Glue (5-oz. bottle)
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup liquid laundry starch
- individual glitter packets
Note that I found the Elmer's Clear School Glue with the school supplies at Walmart; however, my store was out of them. There is a larger 9-oz. bottle sold in the craft section, and if you pick it up instead, just use 2/3 cup of glue and 1/3 cup of water to stay true to the "recipe."
Also, we'll only use 6 of the individual glitter packets per batch, so one package will make 2 batches of glitter slime with several glitter packets left over.
How To Make Glitter Slime
In addition to the glitter slime ingredients already mentioned, you'll need a large mixing bowl, sturdy spoon for stirring, and a container to store your slime in. We found these small rectangle containers from Glad were the perfect size for a batch.
- Empty the entire bottle of glue into a large mixing bowl. Pour the water into the empty glue container, shake it up to get all of the remaining glue, and pour it into the bowl, as well. Mix well.
- Gradually add the liquid starch to the glue mixture, stirring as you go. It will become difficult to stir toward the end, but add it all.
- Knead the slime until it becomes uniform in texture, about 5 minutes or so. It may not be super stretchy at this point, but it will relax once the glitter is added in and it sits for a bit.
- Divide the slime into 6 pieces. Sprinkle on glitter packet over one piece of slime and work it into the slime until the glitter is completely incorporated. Repeat for the remaining 5 pieces of slime.
To make rainbow glitter slime (or holiday glitter slime as pictured), you can layer the pieces of slime vertically in a small container. This makes for such a cute presentation!
Of course, once your child plays with it, the colors will all mix together, but that's part of the fun. My 7-year-old son made a batch with black, silver, copper brown, purple and a couple of shades of blue, and when he mixed them all together, it made this gorgeous glittery night-time sky shade. So we dubbed it galaxy glitter slime!
If you're making this glitter slime for gift-giving, I recommend packaging it up with a couple of straws. Not for drinking, silly! (definitely NOT recommended) But for blowing bubbles!!!
My kids LOVE blowing slime bubbles. Just plop a batch of slime down on the counter, stick a straw in, and blow. Then wait for the giggling and squealing to being. We've even held slime bubble-blowing contests to see who can blow the biggest bubble!
See? Told you it's hours of fun. Merry Christmas and enjoy!