This mermaid slime recipe is a magnificent way to enjoy sparkly DIY fun with your kids.
With just a few ingredients, you can quickly get right to a whole lot of hands-on fun!
You can use this slime with mermaid themes in so many different ways. Get creative ideas for making this recipe plus tips for tweaking it. AND find my tips for making slime time as stress-free as possible for all.
Slime CAN Be Fun for Your Kids and You!
I LOVE incorporating hands-on ways to make learning fun for my boys. I don't shy away from stuff like playdough or crafts.
Well, I admit that I was a bit apprehensive about this ooey-gooey material at first!
When my boys started begging me to make slime years ago, I cringed. Wouldn't that stuff get all over the place - like stuck in carpet, on furniture, and in hair?
Well, I found with some simple and clear expectations that slime can really be a sensational addition to learning fun and life.
After years of making and trying all sorts of slime recipes, I'm finally sharing our favorites. And I'm super excited to share this slime with one of my favorite themes - MERMAIDS!
Suggested Ingredients for This Mermaid Slime Recipe
Before I get to the creative ideas for making and enjoying slime with your kids, let's go over the ingredients in this recipe (that yields one cup of slime):
1 9 oz. bottle
Elmer's clear glue
blue, green, and purple
any color and texture
How to Make This DIY Slime
If you haven't made homemade slime before, you're in for a treat. It's so much fun to watch the transformation of all the ingredients into a material that you can easily move around and enjoy!
You'll need about five minutes to gather the suggested ingredients (see above) and materials:
- glass measuring cup
- measuring spoons
- large bowl
- large plastic spoon
- plastic container with a tight-fitting lid or plastic bag with zipper
⭐️ Food coloring amounts may be adjusted to your personal preference. Also, you can try different colors and see what cool mixtures you can come with!
⭐️ This recipe takes about 15 teaspoons (or 5 Tablespoons) of water + borax mixture.
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Step-by-Step Directions for Making This Mermaid Slime Recipe
Combine water and borax
Place 1 cup of water in a glass measuring cup with ½ teaspoon of borax. Microwave for 30-45 seconds. Stir until borax is dissolved.
Mix glue and food coloring
In a large bowl, add 1 bottle of clear glue (9 oz.) Add food coloring drops - 4 blue / 2 green / 1 purple. Stir until colors are incorporated.
Slowly add water + borax mixture
Add 1 teaspoon of water + borax at a time and stir. Continue to add 1 teaspoon of mixture until no longer sticky.
Add glitter and fold it into the slime.
Store this mermaid slime in a plastic container with a tight lid or ziplock baggie.
Tips and Tricks for Your Slime Time with Kids
I highly recommend that you set clear rules and expectations prior to using slime with your kids. A few suggestions are:
- have a designated play area
- decide what tools, containers, and accessories are allowed (and which ones are big no-nos)
- set a time limit (if you have a busy day)
- slime stays in your bubble (that's what we call about a one foot area around each person - so no smile mysteriously ends up on a sibling, pet, or parent)
- demonstrate how to care for and store
I encourage you to think outside the box as you make your slime. What are some other small things (instead of glitter) that you could add to the slime?
Do your kids want different colors of mermaid slime? Go for it! It's your DIY time so make the most of it.
Oh, and I wanted to share some of the simple ways that my boys have used slime during our homeschool time because it's a great way to keep little hands busy, especially during read-aloud time:
- Use a large plastic tray to contain the slime mixture and any accessories being used
- Keep the slime in a bowl or on a plate
- Place some of the slime in a small plastic bag and seal - very cool learning tool when placed on hard surface to practice forming letters and numbers!
- Tape that small plastic bag to a window and use the same way to practice handwriting and math skills
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Resources for Fun with Your Mermaid Slime
Want to easily take your mermaid slime time to the next level? Here are some super cool ways that you can boost your creative play with slime:
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Mermaid Slime is Sublime!
High five! Your kids (and you) can have so much fun with this easy-to-make slime with mermaid themes.
It's such a magical way to enjoy hands-on activities that you can customize and play with again and again!
Did you make this mermaid slime recipe?
I'd love to hear about your mermaid slime making adventures. And how you're using it! Please share your ideas in the comments area at the bottom of this post.