Simple Sand Slime Recipe

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Can’t go to the beach? Bring the beach to your house with this simple sand slime recipe! It’s all the fun parts of the beach — without the sand in your shoes. Get gooey with sand slime, and have a blast with your very own backyard beach party.

Slime is one of those kids’ activities that works for all ages. Your little ones will be fascinated by the stretchy and sticky feeling, and your older kids will love the messy grossness of it.

And because it’s so simple to make, you can put it together super fast, for a quick activity to occupy your kids when they inevitably come with that “I’m bored!” whine.

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Sand Slime Recipe

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simple sand slime recipe with sand toys

So let’s get started with making this super simple sand slime recipe. Start with the basic slime ingredients and don’t forget your sand!

We recommend play sand, rather than the “kinetic” or foam sand you can get at toy stores. And please don’t use the aquarium sand. It’s full of small shells that could cut little hands inside a sticky slime recipe.

You can find play sand at any hardware store or garden center. Ask for the kind of sand that goes inside a sandbox. You only need a little bit, so you don’t have to buy a big bag. (Bonus: the rest of the play sand can be used in a sensory bin or sand and water table!)

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If you want a ready-made slime kit, I recommend your to grab these two super cute slimes from Etsy!

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Sand Slime Ingredients

To make slime, you’ll need:

You’ll also need ½ to 1 cup of play sand, depending on how sandy you want to make your sand slime.

Simple sand slime recipe ingredients

This is the fun part. As you mix the ingredients together, you can talk about how this is a form of chemistry. Try figuring out if the slime is a liquid or a solid (hint: it’s NEITHER!).

And for older kids, you can talk about how you’re combining parts to make a new whole in solution, and you can even get into how molecules bond.

simple sand slime recipe with glue and water in bowl

To actually make the slime, you’ll start with the glue. Empty the entire bottle into your large mixing bowl, then fill it with about a ¼ cup of warm water. Close the bottle and shake it to get the rest of the glue, then empty that into the bowl.

Now add the baking soda and mix it thoroughly. This will help keep your slime gelled together.

almost finished with the simple sand slime recipe clump in bowl

Next, add the sand to the glue mixture. Add just a little bit at a time, to make sure you hit the right consistency.

Finally, it’s time for the science magic. We’re using contact lens solution to “activate” our slime, or to start the chemical reaction.

Again, add just a little bit at a time, and mix between additions. The mixture will gradually become less runny and more sticky as you mix.

To make sure everything is caught up in the reaction, carefully take the slime out of the bowl. Knead it like you would bread, or play with it, stretching and squishing.

It will become less sticky as you work it, and when the sticky feeling is all gone, it’s ready.

sand toys for simple sand slime recipe fun

To make your slime last longer, store it in an airtight container in your fridge. Then you can play with it again and again!

Just don’t eat it!

Simple Sand Slime Recipe

Simple Sand Slime Recipe

If your kids are eager to play in the sand but you can't go to the beach, here's the perfect solution!

Materials

  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • 1 silicon spatula
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp contact lens solution (MAKE SURE IT HAS BORIC ACID)
  • 1 bottle Elmer’s Glue (the blue one ~ 6 oz)
  • ½ to 1 cup of play sand (depending on how sandy you want to make your sand slime)

Instructions

    1. Empty the entire bottle into your large mixing bowl, then fill it with about a ¼ cup of warm water. Close the bottle and shake it to get the rest of the glue, then empty that into the bowl.
    2. Add the baking soda and mix it thoroughly.
    3. Next, add the sand to the glue mixture. Add just a little bit at a time, to make sure you hit the right consistency.
    4. Use the contact lens solution to “activate” the slime, or to start the chemical reaction. Again, add just a little bit at a time, and mix between additions. The mixture will gradually become less runny and more sticky as you mix.
    5. To make sure everything is caught up in the reaction, carefully take the slime out of the bowl. Knead it like you would bread, or play with it, stretching and squishing. It will become less sticky as you work it, and when the sticky feeling is all gone, it’s ready.

Notes

To make your slime last longer, store it in an airtight container in your fridge. Then you can play with it again and again!

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