Slime: it’s ooey and gooey and kids absolutely love it. However, beyond simply being fun, slime kits can offer kids some surprising benefits. Mixing the ingredients together and creating the slime promotes creativity, helps kids learn patience and problem-solving skills and gives them experience in following directions. Once it’s made, slime gives kids a way to keep their hands busy. We’ve chosen a variety of slime kits that feature easy-to-follow recipes with safe ingredients to make squishy, colorful and even glittery slime that children can enjoy over and over again.
Textured slime can be an especially great option for kids. The tactile nature of these slimes, which include beads or other materials, is a treat for the senses and can be especially beneficial for children with autism or anxiety. That’s just one of the many reasons we love the Unicorn Slime Kit. In addition to standard materials such as glue, a variety of inks to color the slime and a kid-safe slime activator, this kit comes with the materials needed to make popular textured slime variants such as floam, cloud, jelly cube and fishbowl. The colorful glitter and delightful scents add to the appeal of this kit. This option is great for children ages 6 to 10.
Adding a little bit of glitter to slime can take it to the next level. The Elmer’s Glue Deluxe Slime Starter Kit helps you create a variety of sparkling slimes once you add a few common household items such as baking soda and contact lens solution. It comes with three bottles of Elmer’s Classic Glitter Glue in pink, purple and blue, which are the perfect base for creating flexible and fun slime. Because the glitter is contained in the glue base and not added in separately, this option allows for a much simpler clean-up after playtime is over. This kit is ideal for kids ages 3 and up.
The National Geographic Mega Slime Kit & Putty Lab offers kids learning and fun at the same time. The kit contains a wide range of pre-made slimes, from mesmerizing glow-in-the-dark slimes to cool color-changing putty. The kit even comes with a magnetic slime complete with a magnet. You’ll also get supplies to make a DIY slime. The kit also comes with a full-color learning guide that teaches kids more about the science behind the slimes they’re playing with. Everything included in the kit is kid-friendly with quality-tested, nontoxic formulas. This slime kit is recommended for children ages 8 and up.
This kit comes absolutely packed with slime-making materials. Among the 50 different items in this kit are 18 different colors of slime, 12 types of glitter, beads and plastic fruit slices. With so many different types of mix-in materials, this kit encourages creativity, allowing children to invent as many unique slimes as they can imagine As a bonus, this kit comes with glow-in-the-dark powder. All the materials in this kit are safe for children to use. This kit is recommended for children ages 5 and up.
With the Ultimate DIY Slime Kit, kids will get to make several different types of slime, including mermaid, fruit-slice and glow-in-the-dark slime.. This product comes with everything needed to make slime, including hypoallergenic laundry detergent, white and clear glue, glow-in-the-dark and color-changing powder and a variety of pigments and colors. Following slime recipes and making different types of slime encourages problem-solving and even illustrates concepts related to math and ratios. This kit is recommended for children ages 8 and up.
“Slime can be a great way to harness creativity, motor skills and social skills when children play in groups. I advise parents to carefully manage the environment on the first foray into this toy, since slime can leave stains and other damage!”
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Kelsey Daubenmier is a licensed primary school teacher with over 10 years of experience in primary education. Kelsey thoughtfully balances the demands of raising four children with the never-ending stack of papers to grade and lesson plans to prepare. In the last decade, Kelsey has gained experiences educating children as young as 5 and as old as 11. She is passionate about bringing the best possible baby and children’s products to you and your loved ones.